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Charleston (West Virginia)

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[[Image:State capitol building.JPEG|thumb|400px|The West Virginia State Capitol]]
'''Charleston''' [], established in 1794, is the state capitol capital of [[West Virginia]]. With a population of 53,421 (as of 2000), Charleston is the largest city in West Virginia. It's located at the junction of Interstates 77, 79, and 64, as well as the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, the latter of which flows prominently through the city.
==Get in==
Charleston is accessible by three interstates - '''I-77''' goes from [[Parkersburg]] in the northwest to [[Beckley]] and [[Bluefield (West Virginia)|Bluefield]] in the south; '''I-64''' goes from [[Huntington (West Virginia)|Huntington]] in the west to [[Beckley]] and [[Lewisburg (West Virginia)|Lewisburg]] in the southeast; and '''I-79''' begins in Charleston and continues to [[Morgantown]] in the northeast. Portions I-64 and I-77 run together along the West Virginia Turnpike, a toll road, from the far eastern end of Charleston to Beckley, and the Turnpike continues as I-64 77 to Princeton, near the east state border with Virginia. However, tolls are not collected on the Turnpike in the immediate vicinity of Charleston are ; the nearest tollbarrier is about 17 miles (27 km) south of downtown Charleston.
You can also fly into '''Yeager Airport''' ({{IATA|CRW}}) [ Yeager Airport]''' (CRW), which is near the junction of I-77 and I-64. Yeager Airport offers daily service to and from [[Atlanta ]] (Delta), [[Charlotte ]] (USAirUS Airways), [[Chicago ]] (United), [[Cincinnati ]] (Delta), [[Cleveland ]] (Continental), [[Detroit ]] (Northwest), [[Houston ]] (Continental), [[Philadelphia ]] (USAirUS Airways), [[Pittsburgh ]] (USAirUS Airways), and both [[Washington, D.C.|Washington]]-Dulles (United) and [[Washington, D.C.|Washington]]-Reagon Reagan National (USAirUS Airways). Also [[American Airlines]] has started new service to [[New York City|New York]]-LaGuardia and AirTran has started service to [[Orlando]].
==Get around==
There is a local bus system in Charleston. The schedules are available here:
The fares range from $1.25 to $2.50, depending on the number of zones traveled:
* The '''West Virginia State Capitol''', 1900 Kanawha Boulevard E, +1 304-558-4839. 9AM-7PM M-Sa, 12PM-7PM Su. Guided tours available 9AM-3:30PM M-F. The largest state capitol dome in the country, covered in 23-karat gold leaf. The complex also contains the Cultural Culture Center, the Governor's Mansion and the Holly Grove Mansion, as well as many historical statues on the grounds.
* '''Avampato Discovery Museum''', 300 Leon Sullivan Way, +1 304-561-3575, []. 10AM-5PM W-Sa, 12PM-5PM Su. Two floors of interactive science exhibits, an art gallery, and giant-screen films and planetarium shows in the ElectricSky domed theater. Admission $12.50.
* '''West Virginia Cultural Culture Center''', 1900 Kanawha Boulevard EEast, +1 304-558-0220, []. 9AM-8PM M-Th, 9AM-6PM F-Sa, 12PM-6PM Su. Three floors of exhibition space in the West Virginia State Museum, and research materials housed in the State Archives library.
* '''West Virginia Power''', 601 Morris Street (''Suite 201''), +1 304-344-CATS BATS (2287), []. The local baseball team, a Class A affiliate of the [[Milwaukee]] BrewersPittsburgh Pirates. Games played at Appalachian Power Park from April through September. Tickets are $7 for one game, up to $490 for a season pass.
Charleston is home to '''Kanawha State Forest'''[ 16]. There are many scenic walking, hiking, biking, and riding trails in the state forest. There is also an outdoor pool that is open in the summer, various camp sites, a shooting range, a small lake for fishing, and stables. Hunting and fishing are allowed in-season. Picnic shelters are available throughout the park and can be rented for parties. There are led walks at various times of the year, information on which is available on the website. There are also various parks throughout the city such as '''Magic Island''', a nice park located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha rivers in South Charlestion which is a favorite haunt for runners, volleyball players, and frisbee lovers. It has a walking track, sand volleyball court, and picnic areas. A stones throw from downtown, in Charleston's South Hills, the '''Carriage Trail''' is a beautiful and historical trail that leads to former Governor William MacCorkle's hilltop mansion, the former site of the Sunrise Science Museum. At the bottom of the trail lies the burial ground of two Confederate spies executed by Union troops in 1863.
:* '''Sunday Gazette-Mail''', []. Sunday paper jointly published by the Gazette and the Daily Mail.
The city also has one university:within its limits, and a second is in an unincorporated community about 8 miles (13 km) west of downtown. A two-year community college recently moved from the second university to a campus about 4 miles (6.5 km) from downtown in the separate city of South Charleston.
:* '''University of Charleston''', 2300 MacCorkle Avenue SE, +1 304-357-4750 or +1 800-995-GO-UC (4682), []. A private, co-educational, residential university founded in 1888, offering baccalaureate degrees in 29 fields, associate degrees in 5 fields, and master's degrees in business administration and human resource management.
:* '''West Virginia State University''', WV Route 25, Institute, +1 800-987-2112 []. A public coeducational university founded in 1891 for the state's African American community. Following the ''Brown v. Board of Education'' decision in 1954, it transformed from a primarily residential black college to a predominantly commuter college with a heavily white student body, although its administration remains heavily African American to this day. "State", as the school is locally called, offers about 70 different bachelor's degrees in 20 different departments, plus master's degrees in biotechnology and media studies.
:* '''Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College''', 2001 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston, +1 304-205-6600 []. A public two-year college, KVCTC was founded in 1953 as a unit of State. The two-year college received separate accreditation in 2003 and was separated from State in 2008; it now offers 22 associate's degree programs, 11 certificate programs, and 12 collaborative degree programs. In 2012, KVCTC moved its main facilities from State's campus to a large office park that was originally a major R&D facility for chemical manufacturer Union Carbide, but was mostly abandoned after Union Carbide was purchased by Dow Chemical.
* '''Charleston Town Center Mall''', 3000 Charleston Town Center, +1 304-345-9525, []. 10AM-9PM M-Sa, 12:30PM-6PM Su. 130 specialty stores, three major department stores, Picnic Place and specialty restaurants, and an atrium with a three-story waterfall and extensive greenery.
* '''Southridge''', about 4 miles/6.5 km southwest of downtown along US 119 (locally known as "Corridor G", its designation in the Appalachian Development Highways System), is a large auto-oriented area developed since the mid-1990s. Split almost 50-50 between Charleston and the separate city of South Charleston, it consists of four adjoining centers along Corridor G—'''The Shops at Trace Fork''' and '''Dudley Farms Plaza''' on the north side, and '''Southridge Center''' and '''The Terrace at Southridge Centre'''<!--Southridge Center has changed its spelling from Centre. The Terrace uses the old spelling.--> on the south side (note that The Terrace is not fully built out). Consists mainly of "big box" discount stores and "category killers", with the usual array of fast-food and chain restaurants.
Although it isn't exactly a mecca of cuisine, Charleston ''is'' the mecca of cuisine for West Virginia, with a variety of options catering to different tastes and budgets. One of the best things about eating here is that there are very few tourist traps, since major tourism in Charleston has not yet caught on. Unfortunately, the lack of tourism also means that the restaurants can be be generic; chains like T.G.I. Friday's, Outback, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster are common. There are, however, some more unique local eateries:
* '''Chesapeake Bagel Bakery''', 240 Capitol Street, +1 304-345-1427. 6:30AM-3PM M-Fr, 7AM-2PM Sa.
* '''Deli-D-Lite''', 611 Chestnut Street, +1 304-768-5223. 5PM-11PM M-F, 4PM-11PM Sa, 5PM-10PM Su.
* '''Rice Bowl''', 121 Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes, +1 304-776-6888. Daily 11:30AM-10PM. Chinese.
* '''Banana Joe'sDelish, Inc.''', 201 Capitol 110 McFarland Street, +1 304-342346-18724177. 5PM10AM-3AM Tu-Su. Caribbean bar and grill. * '''Rock & Eat Too''', 400 Second Avenue in the Ramada Plaza Hotel3PM M, +1 304-744-4641. Daily 11AM-1PM and M8PM Tu-Th 5PM-9PM, Sa-Su 5PM-8PM. Gourmet wraps. Credit not accepted.
* '''Delish, Inc.Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream''', 110 McFarland 225 Capitol Street, +1 304-346343-41776488. 10AM-3PM MThe best ice cream in the city! Homemade as the name of the shop has and in various flavors, 11AM-8PM Tu-Sa. Gourmet wrapsincluding new weekly sorbet and ice cream flavors. Credit not acceptedThis shop also sells coffee and various lunch foods including soups and several vegetarian dishes.
* '''Kaifu Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar''' 150 Court St., +1 (304) 344-0500, located opposite of the mall, walking distance from the downtown hotels.
* '''Lola's Pizza''' 1038 Bridge Rd Charleston, WV 25314 (304) 343-5652 Located , located in South Hills.
*<sleep name="Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston" alt="" address="200 Hotel Circle , Charleston, West Virginia 25311" directions="" phone="304-345-4200 " url=" " checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, this award winning Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston hotel is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Charleston, Yeager Airport CRW, Charleston Civic Center, Clay Center for the Arts and Charleston Town Center Mall. In addition, the University of Charleston, St Francis Hospital, Charleston Area Medical Center CAMC and the State Capitol complex are all a short drive from this extended stay Charleston hotel. Plus, for fun, white water rafting is just an hour from this Charleston hotel.</sleep> 
*'''Embassy Suites Charleston''', 300 Court Street, +1-304-347-8700, [].
*'''Super 8 Motel''', 1010 Washington St E, +1-304-345-9779, centrally and conveniently located budget option. Free wireless.
* '''Ramada Plaza Charleston''', 400 2nd Ave., ''+1'' 304-744-4641, [].
*<sleep name="Charleston Marriott Town Center" alt="" address="200 Lee Street East " directions="" phone="304-345-6500" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A hotel in downtown Charleston offering a health club, meeting and event facilities, swimming pool and Whitewater Grille. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Fairfield Inn Charleston" alt="" address="1000 Washington Street East, Charleston, West Virginia 25301" directions="" phone="304-343-4661
" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Discover exceptional hospitality at the Fairfield Inn Charleston, a premium West Virginia hotel that delivers comfortable guest rooms, complimentary breakfast and exciting vacation packages.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Charleston Plaza Hotel" alt="" address="1010 Washington Street East, Charleston, West Virginia 25301" directions="" phone="304-345-9779" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Treat yourself to comfortable accommodations and close proximity to a wealth of West Virginia attractions when you stay at the downtown Charleston Plaza Hotel.</sleep>
*'''Super 8 Motel''', 1010 Washington St E, +1-304-345-9779, Budget option downtown with free parking and WiFi.
* '''Charleston Conference Center Hotel''', 400 2nd Ave. SW, South Charleston ''+1'' 304-744-4641, [].
*<sleep name="Charleston Marriott Town Center" alt="" address="200 Lee Street East" directions="" phone="304-345-6500" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A hotel in downtown Charleston offering a health club, meeting and event facilities, swimming pool and Whitewater Grille. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Fairfield Inn Charleston" alt="" address="1000 Washington Street East" directions="" phone="304-343-4661" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Complimentary breakfast.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Charleston Plaza Hotel" alt="" address="1010 Washington Street East" directions="" phone="304-345-9779" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
==Get out==
* '''[[Weston (West Virginia)|Weston]]''' is about 1.5 hours northeast on I-79.
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