West Virginia is considered to be one of the more scenic states in the nation. Take a road trip to the Mountain State and see why for yourself. Charleston, the capital, is an excellent place to start. There, you will find lots of beauty, history and overall pleasant time.
See & Do
First things first. Head straight to the State Capitol and marvel at West Virginia’s most recognizable building. You can’t miss the 300ft 23.5 karat gold covered dome that sparkles under the sunlight.
Next door, at the West Virginia State Museum, find out what West Virginia is all about. Everything from early history, including the first colonies and Native Americans, to the Civil War and coal industry to the present day.
Nearby the Museum, stroll along the Kanawha River. Then follow it down about 2 miles until you run into Haddad Riverfront Park. The park is home to several live performances and popular events throughout the year, including a big 4th of July Celebration, and a Water Chili Cookoff.
Another favorite spot is the Capitol Market. You can get lost for a couple of hours inside of this year-round indoor-outdoor market tucked away inside an old train yard. Shop homemade goods and flowers while sipping on hot coffee and enjoying the company. If you get hungry, you’re in a great spot, because they have a bit of everything from fresh sushi to savory pasta.
Pay your respects to fallen West Virginia soldiers from World War I and World War II at the West Virginia Veteran’s Memorial.
For a little nightlife, and a combination of art, music and overall good vibes, see what’s happening at the Downtown Art Walk. It’s a self-guided tour, typically held on the third Thursday evening of every month, from 5pm-8pm. However, come back in the morning, because Capitol Street is still every bit as charming during the daytime. It’s lined with well-preserved historical buildings, cafes, bookstores, and boutiques.
Eat like a local at these Charleston restaurants.
For a Mexican-Asian fusion, stop inside the Black Sheep Burrito. Order a flock of tacos and an ice-cold craft beer.
Over at Bluegrass Kitchen, the vegetarians in your party will rejoice when they discover there are as many options for them as the meat eaters: potato skins, breakfast burritos, veggie burgers, and much more.
If it’s red sauce you’re craving, mix and match a pizza up at Lola’s, and add a freshly tossed salad on the side.