Sights & landmarks in Charleston

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Charleston Landmarks

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  • MongoSchwartz
    Traverse City, MI597 contributions
    There are many things to like about the capitol. It's gorgeous from the outside, there is nearby free parking, and it's an interesting walk around the building.
    Yet the interior of the capitol feels cold and sterile. There are empty spaces within the capitol where it feels it's incomplete, as if something, anything, should have painted to reflect the history of West Virginia.
    This doesn't mean you shouldn't visit. It's just odd that the grandeur of the exterior isn't supported by the interior banality.
    Written 11 June 2022
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  • TennisStar602
    Florida400 contributions
    Capitol Street was safe and well maintained. It was full of nice restaurants with metered parking, save for certain hours and for Sundays. Interstate 64 was not far away from this area. Still, much of the cafes were not open on a Sunday afternoon.
    Written 8 November 2021
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  • Brandon Y
    Largo, FL12 contributions
    Very interesting history of WV and the U.S.A. A lot of preserved artifacts and guided tour. Step back in time. Visited with aunt and mom. Could have made a whole day trip out of this. Must see if in a Charleston.
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • Roy C
    Whispering Pines, NC747 contributions
    We decided at the last minute to turn off the highway south and visit the memorial. It is located within the state capitol complex and there is plenty of inexpensive parking at 25 cents for 30 minutes. You won't need a full hour. There also are a few other monuments on the grounds, so take a stroll.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • rhaltn56
    Murfreesboro, TN143 contributions
    Sitting on an overlook of the State Capitol and general area. History Bluffs will enjoy. Roads were pretty good as it shows good upkeep, map was easy to follow. Pass some time and enjoy the quiet and scenic view
    Written 4 August 2020
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  • jessica1017
    Madison, WI100 contributions
    Short tour of a pretty building that sits overlooking the river. You will see five rooms and see some beautiful woodwork and a remarkable staircase. Tour is short, maybe 15 minutes tops, so worth your time if you are in the area.
    Written 5 October 2019
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  • Boris E
    Harrisonburg, VA793 contributions
    The Craik-Patton House was worth visiting during our most recent stay to Charleston, WV. One of the second oldest homes in this location, this place is a must. Our tour guide went above and beyond to explain all the history behind each room, items, and even took us to the cabin next door. This is a free tour, but you are more than welcome to provide donations to this place. Easy free parking and great customer service provided makes this place one to consider if you are visiting Charleston. I highly recommend it!
    Written 4 July 2021
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  • MaksimsDad
    Scott Depot, WV232 contributions
    My son is taking flying lessons at Yeager. The observation area offers a good view of the field, and it is enjoyable to watch the planes come in for landing and taking off. It probably only matters to people that like to plane watch, but it is a nice feature of the airport nonetheless.
    Written 11 November 2020
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  • Abigail W
    1 contribution
    Even though apple pie was sold out didn’t stop the owner from going above and beyond to help us find something new even before closing. He is passionate about what he does and it shows threw his product.
    Written 7 August 2021
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  • Frances T
    Tallahassee, FL268 contributions
    Sadly, many of the stately old houses have fallen to disrepair. The area is filled with Charleston's history from Early 1900's.
    Written 23 March 2019
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  • william b
    1 contribution
    I visit the mound frequently. I wish people would understand this is sacred ground to Native Americans and should be respected as such.
    I'm shocked to see people letting Thier pets use the bathroom on sight.
    Some parents allow Thier children to run amok on the grounds. They need to understand its not a playground. There is no 100% conclusive evidence that all human remains were removed from the mound or surrounding area.
    If you come, enjoy and share but please respect the mound and the culture it represents.
    Written 20 March 2021
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  • Ronald P
    55 contributions
    Shoney's is one of several large franchises that used the "Big Boy" sandwich to build its business. This was prior to the "knock off" McDonald's "Big Mac".
    We were looking for a quick site to visit while in Charleston and this drive up to Museum fit in perfectly.
    The four star rating is only because it's not meant to be a "great" attraction, just an important footnote in our culture. And it is like a monument to the man who started Shoney's in Charleston.
    We also stopped for pictures to send to a family member who loves his regular "Big Boy" at a Frisch's, which was the "other" large franchise in the Mid-West and competed with Shoney in the battleground state of Florida.
    Written 5 September 2021
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  • halpen99502018
    14 contributions
    Very friendly members and nice dignified service. Upbeat sermon and with audience participation through well selected Bible passages. .(When I was there the choice was a lovely portion of Proverbs) A very pleasant and thoughtful service. One of the best choirs I've ever heard and highlighted by powerful piano and organ music, and just a little offering of beautifully executed bell ringing. The place to spend your Sunday morning if your visiting.
    Written 12 June 2018
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  • Thomas - Genevi... H
    Higham, Suffolk, UK950 contributions
    Lacking anywhere else to post this, the Magic Island park is part of an expansive 4.5 mile riverwalk that extends from Patrick Street to 35th street. Along this route are at least a dozen historical markers, the State Capitol building, downtown, the Eastern historic district, a amphitheater, etc. There are two paths for the riverwalk; a lower narrow paved path along the river and a higher/street level much wider paved path along the street. The western ~1.5 miles of trail (from Pennsylvania Ave to 35th street) are marked for cyclists and runners. There is free parking available in the central area of the riverwalk, adjacent to Magic Island under the I64 overpass.
    Magic Island park has kids-aged water features and facilities. It also is the home for Charleston parkrun, a free weekly 5K every Saturday at 08:00 (summer) or 09:00 (winter).
    Written 14 August 2021
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  • Bartman40s
    Racine, WI73 contributions
    For those who enjoy seeing historic buildings with attention to detail, visit the city council chambers. The detail in the woodworking is a reminder of days when quality mattered.
    Written 30 January 2016
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