Charleston is known as “The Capital City.”
Designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, the gold dome which tops West Virginia's State Capitol is higher than the dome of the U.S. Capitol.
The state’s largest city, Charleston offers a variety of specialty shops, fine cuisine, bookstores, art galleries, museums, quaint cafes and recreation. Explore attractions, including the West Virginia State Capitol, Appalachian Power Park, Kanawha State Forest, Taylor Books, Coonskin Park, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia, Capitol Farmers’ Market and the Charleston Civic Center.
Take in music and theater performances by the Charleston Stage Company, Charleston Light Opera Guild, Children’s Theatre of Charleston, Kanawha Players, Mountain Stage and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
- Every Memorial Day weekend, the beautiful State Capitol grounds are home to the Vandalia Gathering. For more than 20 years, master fiddlers, banjo pickers and storytellers have shared their talents and celebrate the passing down of time-honored traditions.
- Scheduled for late June, Charleston becomes a work of art at FestivALL with music, dance, theater, film and visual art.
- Indulge in tasteful soul food, Asian cuisine and Hispanic dishes while listening to music from diverse genres at Multifest, a three-day festival that begins the first Friday in August.
Charleston ranks as the 5th least expensive city for doing business, according to a national survey of metropolitan areas of similar size in April 2008.
Charleston offers a broad system of air, river, rail and interstate networks for the nation’s industrial and commercial markets. The city is located at the junction of three major interstate highways (I-64, I-77 and I-79).
Major employers include state government, local government, Charleston Area Medical Center, Kanawha County schools and federal government.