Charleston, at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha rivers, is West Virginia’s capital city. A riverside complex includes the gold-domed State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, and the West Virginia State Museum and theater. The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences has art and discovery museums, a planetarium and a concert hall. Downtown’s Capitol Market houses food vendors and eateries in a former freight station.
The family-friendly capital of West Virginia is packed with things to do for everyone in the family. Visitors can enjoy the State Museum and Culture Center, the State Capitol, and Governor’s Mansion, all within an easy walk through the downtown district. The West Virginia Power minor league baseball at Appalachian Power Park is a great destination for baseball fans. And for those who enjoy the great outdoors, a good outdoor concert, or cool festivals and events, the Haddad Riverfront Park is the place to be. Charleston’s variety and walkability make it a fun-filled travel destination.
West Virginia’s riverfront Capital City region is a destination full of surprises. Historic neighborhoods sit just minutes from a vibrant riverfront downtown full of hip art galleries, vinyl record stores, boutique shops, and independent restaurants.
Kanawha State Forest
Located seven miles south of Charleston, Kanawha State Forest is an outdoor lover’s haven. It is known for its extensive network of hiking and biking trails and has some of the state’s most popular picnic areas. The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower, tree, and bird populations. Amenities include picnic shelters, playgrounds, and camping.
Airlines serving Charleston, WV from Myrtle Beach International Airport