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Charleston
Once a frontier town and home to Daniel Boone, today Charleston is the historic, sophisticated capital of West Virginia and home to a variety of exciting cultural and recreational attractions. The State Capitol, with its gleaming 23-karat gold dome and classic 20th-century architecture, is truly a sight to see. Most of the city's major landmarks are located right around the Capitol, making it easy to see everything. Wander around the meticulously landscaped grounds to view statues of historic figures like Stonewall Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. History and culture buffs will want to spend some time at the Cultural Center, which includes a state museum, reference and archive libraries, a theater and plays host to... more Once a frontier town and home to Daniel Boone, today Charleston is the historic, sophisticated capital of West Virginia and home to a variety of exciting cultural and recreational attractions. The State Capitol, with its gleaming 23-karat gold dome and classic 20th-century architecture, is truly a sight to see. Most of the city's major landmarks are located right around the Capitol, making it easy to see everything. Wander around the meticulously landscaped grounds to view statues of historic figures like Stonewall Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. History and culture buffs will want to spend some time at the Cultural Center, which includes a state museum, reference and archive libraries, a theater and plays host to special events throughout the year. For those who prefer outdoor endeavors, more than a hundred miles of spectacular scenery await you on the Midland Trail scenic highway, also known as U.S. Route 60. Hop off at any point to do some antiquing, biking or hiking. The Kanahwa Forest offers more than 9,000 acres of exploration and recreation just south of town. Shopping, interesting attractions and plenty of outdoor fun make Charleston an ideal getaway. less

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West Virginia State Museum
West Virginia State Museum
Owner description: Located in the Cultural Center, this interesting museum traces the history of West Virginia through a series of exhibits containing everything from an extensive collection of... more Owner description: Located in the Cultural Center, this interesting museum traces the history of West Virginia through a series of exhibits containing everything from an extensive collection of antique hats donated by a local school teacher to the telescope George Washington used to survey lands within the state. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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State Capitol
State Capitol
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... more 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. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings
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Cultural Center
Cultural Center
Complex that houses a variety of interesting tourist sites such as the State Museum, reference libraries, and a live-performance theater.
Attraction type: Civic Centers
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West Virginia Veterans Memorial
West Virginia Veterans Memorial
Site where sculptor Joe Mullins' work is displayed.
Attraction type: Monuments & Statues
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Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
Owner description: Opened in the summer of 2003, the Clay Center strives to present a variety of arts and sciences all under one roof. The Avampato Discovery Museum is two floors of fascinating... more Owner description: Opened in the summer of 2003, the Clay Center strives to present a variety of arts and sciences all under one roof. The Avampato Discovery Museum is two floors of fascinating interactive science exhibits, while the ElectricSky™ Theater features planetarium shows. In addition there are a large performance hall and a small black-box theater, an art museum, a fun museum shop, and a cafe. There's something interesting scheduled virtually every night here! less
Attraction type: Science Museums; Art Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Pies and Pints
Pies and Pints
Ranked #1 of 266 Restaurants in Charleston
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian, American, Bar, Pizza
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Spring Hill Pastry Shop
Spring Hill Pastry Shop
Ranked #2 of 266 Restaurants in Charleston
Cuisines: American
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Black Sheep Burrito & Brews @ The Brewery
Black Sheep Burrito & Brews @ The Brewery
Ranked #3 of 266 Restaurants in Charleston
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Bar, Mexican, Brew Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Pub, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream
Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream
Ranked #4 of 266 Restaurants in Charleston
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill
Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill
Ranked #5 of 266 Restaurants in Charleston
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Budget Host Inn Charleston
2.0 of 5
Budget Host Inn Charleston
$61 - $63
Ranked #15 of 23 Hotels in Charleston
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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charleston South
2.0 of 5
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Charleston South
$94 - $107
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Oak Tree Inn
2.0 of 5
Oak Tree Inn
$59 - $97
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Comfort
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn Charleston - Southridge
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Charleston - Southridge
$133 - $168
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Charleston
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Hampton Inn Charleston - Downtown
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Charleston - Downtown
$113 - $189
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Charleston
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Sleep Inn
2.0 of 5
Sleep Inn
$116 - $125
Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Charleston
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