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Best Things to Do in Charleston, WV
The capital and largest city of West Virginia is also a pretty happening town to boot. Old Charlie West is bursting with festivals, museums, shopping, and outdoor fun. Drive in through scenic West Virginia, or deplane at Yeager Airport, and explore all Charleston has to offer.
Attend a festival.
Charleston boasts a busy event calendar in spots throughout the city. Check out the free West Virginia Dance Festival in April a the West Virginia State Theatre, or the bi-annual West Virginia International Film Festival in the spring and fall,
FestivALL is held in May and June, and features arts and crafts along on Capitol Street, and live music throughout downtown – plus a wine and cheese fest at the University of Charleston.
The cultural Vandalia Gathering is held on Memorial Day Weekend at the West Virginia State Capitol grounds, while the Gazette-Mail Kanawha County Majorette & Band Festival at the University of Charleston Stadium’s Laidley Field end the summer in September.
West Virginia Capitol
Hit up a museum.
Charleston is also crackling with exceptional museums. Add stops like the West Virginia Culture Center, the Heritage Towers Museum & Culture Center, and the West Virginia State Museum to your Charlie West itinerary.
The 240,000-square-foot Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia is another major stop, and features the Avampato Discovery Museum and Sunrise Museum. You can also grab lunch at the Douglas V. Reynolds Intermezzo Café.
This still being West Virginia, know there are plenty of outdoor opportunities. Set off into the nearby Kanawha State Forest – a 9,300-acre playground offering trails for hikig, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. You can also check out the public shooting-range, swimming pool, and picnic sites.
If you’re short on time, check out the nine-hole Coonskin Park Golf Course, or visit one of the many parks in town, including Cato Park, Pickle Park, and Daniel Boone Park.
Historic Charleston, WV
If you’re the type who likes to visit independent bookstores in different cities, Charleston has a few. Stroll through Taylor Books on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston, the West Virginia Book Company, or explore the shelves of Books-A-Million in South Charleston.
Grab a drink. Eat something.
While exploring downtown Charleston, stop in at the Black Sheep Burrito & Brews – serving local craft beers form the Charleston Brewing Company. Unique to Charleston, Black Sheep Burrito & Brews also offers a variety of Mexican fare, plus specialty cocktails, a kid’s menu, and desserts.
If you like to shop while traveling – and if you’re on a road trip, what’s stopping you? – then check out the many shopping destinations in Charleston.
One of the largest inner city malls in this region of the country, the Charleston Town Center features stores like Coach, Macy’s, Lids, Pink, and more. The Charleston Town Center also offers plenty of lunch and dinner spots, plus the onsite movie theater.