"Charleston is quite a pretty place," observed a Gallipolis Dispatch journalist in 1861. "It is located on the beautiful bottom on the northeast bank of the river and is entirely surrounded by lofty hills."
The description is as true today as it was in 1861. Hip, Historic, Almost Heaven...Charleston, West Virginia, is steeped in historic architecture, an eclectic music scene, bountiful shopping, unique dining and four seasons of changing mountain landscape.
Charleston also is the perfect hub from which to "spoke out" to other West Virginia activities. The capital city serves as the gateway to all that is wild and wonderful in the Mountain State, including snow skiing, world-class zip-line canopy tours, whitewater rafting, ATV trails, golfing, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking – all within an hour's drive or less.