Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 19, 2018

Beautiful West Virginia


West Virginia is an eastern U.S. state in the Appalachian Mountains.

Charming Charleston

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The capital of West Virginia Charleston is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers.

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State Capitol Building was completed in 1932 and this building and the West Virginia Executive Mansion make up the West Virginia Capitol Complex. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The Capitol faces the Kanawha River and is flanked by two wings. You can get a tour of this 333-room building. At 292 feet this is the tallest building in the state.

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Nearby the Capitol is the Governor’s Mansion. This beautiful historic building was completed in 1925. The mansion sits by the Kanawha River and is part of the West Virginia Capitol Complex.

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At the entrance is a columned portico. In the foyer are a black and white marble floor and dual staircase. The design of the foyer was inspired by the White House. You can take a tour of the 30 room mansion.

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The West Virginia State Museum delights both adults and children. It offers a comprehensive history of the state from prehistoric times to the present. There are many interactive displays.

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The Capitol Market is great for a unique shopping experience. This farmer’s market has found its home in an old train station. You’ll find fruit, flowers and so much more.

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The West Virginia Veteran’s Memorial honors and remembers the sacrifices of soldiers from West Virginia. Each war has its own piece of the memorial and its own statue. A special area is dedicated to female soldiers. It was constructed between 1991 and 1999 and consists of a two-story oval-shaped monument and four limestone monoliths surrounded by a pool. On the walls are the names of over 10,000 men and women who died in wars.

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There are four statues that of a World War I doughboy,

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a World War II sailor,

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a Korean War aviator,

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and a Vietnam War marine.

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Capitol Street is the center of Charleston’s historic district. Along the streets are sturdy, old trees. Many shops to see and places to eat.

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Kanawha State Forest is just fifteen minutes from bustling Charleston.

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Here you’ll find many trails and see the beauty of nature. If you prefer you can also camp here.

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Craik-Patton House is a historic home that dates back to 1834. It once belonged to the grandfather of General George S. Patton. The house has been moved from its original location. You can tour the house and see a historical display with live actors.

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The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences is a center for performing arts, visual arts, and sciences located on Clay Square. It is home to the West Virginia Symphony and the Avampato Discovery Museum. The museum has two floors including an art gallery with permanent and temporary exhibits. There are also interactive science exhibits. The center has two theaters.

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Haddad Riverfront Park is the top gathering place. It was built in 1993 and has a 36,000 square foot concrete amphitheater sitting on the banks of the Kanawha River. The park plays host to concerts, special events, and private functions. People can sit in boats on the river and watch events from there.

Exploring West Virginia

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New River Gorge National River is one of the oldest rivers on the continent. Flowing into West Virginia the river cuts through the Appalachian Plateau and forms the New River Gorge. It provides great whitewater rafting, tubing, and canoeing. There are plenty of activities to choose from like hiking, zip-lining, hunting, fishing, bird watching, camping, biking, and rock climbing.

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One of the most photographed sights is the New River Bridge which is the longest steel span in the hemisphere and the nation’s third highest at 876 feet above the canyon floor.

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At Hawk’s Nest State Park you can ride an aerial tramway into the bottom of the gorge.

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The Bluestone State Park offers hiking, fishing, camping and boating on the lake behind the Bluestone Dam.

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Seneca Cavern formation began 460 million years ago. The native Seneca people used the caverns for shelter starting in the early 1400s. They were found by a local farmer, Laven Teter, who was looking for water for his livestock. The largest chamber that rises to 60 feet in places is named Teter Hall in his memory. There are one-hour guided tours descending to 165 feet below the entrance. There are well-lit pathways and cement steps with handrails.

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Black Water Falls State Park got its name from the dark waters of the Blackwater River. The river is colored by tannic acid from the fallen hemlock and red spruce needles.

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Blackwater Falls drops 60 feet over sandstone ledges before the river continues on its way through an eight-mile-long gorge. Due to steps and viewing platforms, the falls is accessible all year round.

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In the park you’ll also find the Elakala Falls, cascading down the wall of the canyon.

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Pendelton Falls can be seen from the roadside. There is a boating lake for swimming, fishing, and camping.

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Harpers Ferry is a small town in West Virginia at the spot where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River. This is the site of abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the U.S. Arsenal in 1859. This event hastened the start of the Civil War.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has museums, historical exhibits, and programs. There are about 20 miles of hiking trails. You can see the rocks where the

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rivers meet and walk up to St. Peter’s Roman Church and the old cemetery on the hill behind it. From the Appalachian Trail Visitors Center, you can take a hike on the Appalachian Trail. Local outfitters offer tubing on the river.

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Snowshoe is a year-round resort popular for skiing with three separate areas to choose from and 100% snowmaking.  Snowshoe Basin has 38 trails that cover all levels of experience. There are seven lifts. Silver Creek offers 18 trails with 12 open for night skiing. The Western Territory Area is a rugged terrain for the most advanced skiers.

In other seasons activities include mountain biking, chairlift rides, horseback riding, zip-lining, trampolines, climbing, paddle boats, pedal boats, canoeing, fishing, hiking and golf at the Raven Golf Club.

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The West Virginia Penitentiary is an unusual tourist attraction. You can visit it from April through November and tour the prison. Its forbidding Gothic towers opened in 1876 and held prisoners until 1995. Visitors can tour the building and the small cells during the day and come back for ghostly spirits in the night. This is a popular place for paranormal researchers.  

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Another hair-raising place to visit is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. It was built between 1858 and 1881. It is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in the hemisphere. It was designed by architect Richard Andrews, who arranged the long rambling wings in such formation as to provide as much therapeutic sunlight and fresh air as possible. Tours highlight various historical themes, Civil War raids, treatment of the mentally ill and the facility’s agricultural history and place in the local community. It is also a favorite of paranormal researchers.

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  1. This was great. Great info. Great pictures. Thanks for the tour!

    • You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed.

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