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Capitol

Address: 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, Charleston, WV
Phone Number: 304-558-4839
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Ranked #2 of 46 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government buildings, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Designed by influential architect Cass Gilbert, this grand building, the highest state capitol dome...
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Type: Government buildings, Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Designed by influential architect Cass Gilbert, this grand building, the highest state capitol dome in the United States, is open to the public for tours and features decadent interior details like marble walls a massive crystal chandelier.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

If you have never been in a capitol building you will enjoy it. If you have seen others I would skip it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A magnificent 1930's structure with a commanding setting along the banks of the Kanawha River in Charleston, WV. A must see if you are in the area. One of the most impressive capitols in the US.

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Summerfield, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I have been to the Capitol building numerous times. Everytime I see it, it just gets more and more beautiful!!

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Clendenin, West Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Situated on the banks of the Great Kananwha River there is not a more gracious place to spend a few hours to unwind from your day of travel.

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Orland Park, Illinois
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100 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The most positive aspect of my visit to the West Virginia State Capitol is that most of the "attractions" are accessible. In my opinion, the main things to see are (1) the rotunda and inner dome; (2) the Senate chamber; (3) the House chamber and (4) the Supreme Court chamber. The Governor's Reception Room is also available. All of these... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I work in the capitol complex so I see the outside of the capitol everyday. I have been on tours with my children's classes and I always learn something new. The chandelier in the center rotunda is amazing, the ceiling detail in the upper halls has an interesting history. Worth visiting if you are in the area and can get... More 

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Huntington, West Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Highly regarded for its beauty, the building is great to enter for a walking tour. Staff is extremely friendly

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Berkley, Michigan
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119 reviews 119 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Pretty capital, interesting statues, hidden gardens - plus it was fall, so gorgeous landscapes. Definitely worth visiting. Take 50 cents for parking, park right at the capitol!

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This was my birthday trip several years ago. I love the grandeur of government building especially older ones. It always amazes me at the quality of workmanship achieve without the technology of today's building trade. I would like to go back with camera and tripod in tow. Another grand old building.

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Memphis, Indiana
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Our tour guide was amazing. I've learned so much & the dome is really beautiful. Me & my friends loved all the chandeliers & the ceilings haha. It was all beautiful. Wear comfy shoes & take a lot of pics.

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