By Rose Overbey
Charleston
West Virginia
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Charleston, West Virginia stands as the capital of the wild and wonderful state. This city has been called the “home of hospitality” so visitors are sure to feel welcome!

If you’re looking for a city that blends southern charm with a northern feel, EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next trip to Charleston, WV.  The city can be accessed by Yeager Airport (CRW). Located minutes from downtown, the airport is very convenient for travelers. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please refer below to our top selections of hotels in the Charleston area for assistance with finding accommodations. Then book with EscapeWizard.com by following the link to the hotel portion of our website (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

EscapeWizard.com suggests you start your tour in the city’s downtown area. Enjoy a meal at one of the many unique and locally owned restaurants in the heart of downtown along Capitol Street. If you’re looking for shopping, look no further than Charleston Town Center Mall. Located right in downtown, this 3 story mall boasts 130 stores, shops and restaurants. When it opened in the early 1980’s it was the largest indoor shopping center east of the Mississippi. Today it is still among the largest centers of its type in the nation. If you didn’t fill up at one of the local eateries around downtown, you’re sure to find something that suites your palate at the mall.

If you need a break from shopping, EscapeWizard.com suggests you head to the West Virginia State Capital Complex and view the buildings that house the state’s legislature. Occupation by both sides during the Civil War drove the state to separate from Virginia in 1863 to become the 35th state in the Union. But the capital was not decided until 1877. For many years the capital jumped back and forth between Wheeling and Charleston.

Once Charleston was decided upon, it was still many years before the gorgeous State House was erected. A series of fires ruined the first few buildings constructed to house the state legislature. Finally, in the 1920’s the present capitol was commissioned. Today visitors will enjoy visiting the State Capitol Plaza. Constructed out of buff limestone, the Capitol Building stands as the state’s tallest building at 292 feet -- complete with a gleaming gold dome. Sharing the square is the Governor’s Mansion and other state buildings – including a cultural center.

A trip to the Cultural Center offers visitors an in-depth view of West Virginia’s history. Featuring photography exhibitions, dance performances and other exhibits unique to West Virginia – in fact the museum has hosted an exhibit which looks at the history of motorcycles in the state! This center tells not only Charleston’s story, but West Virginia’s.

If you’re up for an outdoor adventure, EscapeWizard.com recommends enjoying some of the outdoor activities located minutes from downtown. This region offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and more! Charleston’s location between two rivers and the nearby Appalachian Mountains offer a region rich with natural beauty and adventure.

For a wild and wonderful time, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit Charleston, West Virginia. Just click the link above and book your next trip with EscapeWizard.com.