22 things to do in #CWV in 2022

  1. Explore your own backyard! Lonely Planet named West Virginia a Top Region to Visit in 2022, and Conde Nast Traveler named the Mountain State one of the Best Places to Go.
  2. Time Magazine named the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve one of the World’s Greatest Places 2021. Lucky for us, it’s just an hour’s drive from Charleston.
  3. Don’t miss out this year: The Basketball Tournament (TBT) returns to Charleston July 24-27!
  4. Are you as excited about the return of the Sternwheel Regatta as we are? Plans are underway to bring this local favorite back to Charleston June 30 – July 1.
  5. New name, same great family fun! The Charleston Dirty Birds (formerly the West Virginia Power) open their home season April 21.
  6. Run, walk, or watch the Charleston Distance Run, offering a 15-mile race, three-person 15-mile relay, 5k race and 5k walk.
  7. Hit the pavement: Take a self-guided Public Art Tour, have a spooky good time on a Charleston Ghost Tour or explore the Art and Architecture of Downtown Charleston.
  8. Kanawha State Forest, just moments from downtown, offers outdoor recreation, including hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and diverse wildflower, tree, and bird populations.
  9. Float 12 miles along the Coal River during the Tour De Coal community kayak float.
  10. Drink up! Enjoy the city’s breweries and distilleries, including Mountain State Distillery, Black Sheep Burritos and Brews and The Brewery, The Bullock Distillery and (opening soon) Fife Street Brewing
  11. Dance in the streets when Live on the Levee, the city’s free Friday night concert series, returns to Haddad Riverfront Park this summer
  12. Broadway comes to Charleston at the Clay Center!
  13. Check out the newly updated City Center at Slack Plaza (including new public art) and Charleston’s new Skate Park.
  14. Celebrate local festivals like the FestivALL and Multifest.
  15. Shop local in the city’s neighborhoods, including downtown during .(March – Dec)
  16. Shop Capitol Market for seasonal plants, fruits, and veggies.
  17. Experience an event at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. In 2022, CCCC hosts international acts like Keith Urban; local, regional, and national sports events; and exhibitions.
  18. Get away, but not too far away: Book a couple’s retreat or family sleepover at a Charleston hotel.
  19. See Mountain Stage. LIVE!
  20. Enjoy a scenic walk at Spring Hill Cemetery Park and explore the Mary Price Ratrie Arboretum with more than 100 distinct species of trees.
  21. Several restaurants opened during the pandemic. If you haven’t yet, dine at one of these new restaurants.
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