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Charleston is the Capital City of West Virginia. Its name is derived from Charles Town, which was founded in 1670, and later relocated to Oyster Point on the banks of the Ashley River in 1680, where it was officially renamed Charleston in 1783.
One of the ten largest cities in the United States prior to the 1840 census, Charleston is also known as The Holy City because of the large number of church steeples that lift above the low-rise cityscape. It was also one of the earliest centers in the original thirteen colonies to allow a degree of religious freedom – although this was originally restricted to non-Catholics.
Charleston AttractionsThere is a great deal to see and do in this historic seat of government on the crossroads of the Mountain State.
State Capitol BuildingThe Capital Legislative and Administrative Buildings are located along the banks of the scenic Kanawha River, which provides opportunities for leisurely walks along the riverbanks in warm summer months. Many tourists enjoy taking a guided tour through the historic, golden domed Capitol Building.
Cato ParkCato Park is a great place to kick off your shoes and chill out. The park offers a lot, including outdoor tennis, an Olympic-size swimming pool, golfing, and well-maintained hiking trails.
New River Gorge BridgeIf you have the time, plan a trip to the spectacular New River Gorge Bridge area about an hour outside of Charleston, where kayaking, canoeing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, and more await.
Take the time to explore Charleston and you will not be disappointed. This historic city has much to offer and is also the perfect place to just chill-out.