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About Charleston

by SmarterTravel Staff
West Virgina Capitol (Photo: iStockphoto/Jodi Jacobson)

Charleston, West Virginia, is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, as well as history and architecture buffs. The city's East End Historical District features Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial, Georgian, and Italianate houses, in addition to the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. The West Virginia Capitol—and its 293-foot gold dome—is open to visitors, who can observe the legislative sessions from the galleries. Nature lovers can head outside at Cato Park, which offers tennis courts, walking paths, a golf course, and an Olympic-sized pool. Kanawha State Forest, seven miles south of the city, provides opportunities for mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and camping.

Flights to Charleston land at Yeager Airport, a short drive from downtown Charleston and just a few minutes from the intersection of three interstate highways.

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