Situated in the middle of the state's western region, Charleston is the state capital and West Virginia's largest city. Be sure to visit the Cass Gilbert-designed state Capitol with its six types of marble and striking gold-colored dome. The area around the Capitol has many other worthwhile sights: the Governor's Mansion, the Booker T. Washington Memorial and the West Virginia State Museum (aka the Cultural Center), which has exhibits depicting state history.

The Sunrise Museum is a combination art and science museum housed in two large mansions. Stern-wheeler rides on the river are another possibility. Schedule at least a full day to see Charleston.

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