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Charleston is the capital and largest city in West Virginia. It's located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in the southwestern portion of the state. As of the 2000 census, the population was 53,421, however the population of the entire metropolitan area is approximately 304,000. Charleston is home to several public parks and is near the Kanawha State Forest, which features camping, hiking trails and picnic areas. Numerous special events take place in Charleston, along the banks of the Kanawha River to the state capitol grounds. The West Virginia Dance Festival, held between April 25 and 30, features dance students from across the state that attend classes and workshops in ballet, jazz and modern dance. At the finale, the students perform in the West Virginia State Theatre; free to the public. Beginning in 1982, Symphony Sunday, which is usually held the first weekend in June, is a full day of music, food, and family fun, culminating in a free performance by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display. Other events includes the West Virginia International Film Festival, the Memorial Day Vandalia Gathering and the annual Charleston Sternwheel Regatta. The city is also home to the Charleston Art Walk, typically held the third Thursday of each month. The Walking Tour Guide of Charleston features homes and buildings of the city's historic East End, including an office building that survived a cannonball hit during the 1862 Battle of Charleston. Walking tours of the gold-domed state Capitol and the Governor's Mansion are also available.

Surrounding areas: Madison, West Virginia (22.0 mi), Glen Ferris, West Virginia (26.4 mi), Fayetteville, West Virginia (35.3 mi), Barboursville, West Virginia (36.1 mi), Oak Hill, West Virginia (36.6 mi), Hico, West Virginia (37.6 mi), Glen Jean, West Virginia (39.3 mi)

Charleston Vacation Rentals




Charleston Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Charleston Marriott Town Center200 Lee Street ECharleston, WV (304) 345-6500
Comfort Suites107 Alex LnCharleston, WV (304) 925-1171
Country Inn & Suites105 Alex LnCharleston, WV (304) 925-4300
Cutlips Motor Inn1607 Bigley AveCharleston, WV (304) 345-3500
Diplomat Motel2380 Sissonville DrCharleston, WV (304) 343-1611
Edens MotelEdens FRKCharleston, WV (304) 342-1591
Embassy Suites Hotel300 Court StCharleston, WV (304) 347-8700
Executive Inn3320 Maccorkle AveCharleston, WV (304) 345-8820
Fairfield Inn Charleston1000 Washington St EastCharleston, WV (800) 228-2800
Hampton Inn Downtown Civic Center1 Virginia St WCharleston, WV (304) 343-9300
Hampton Inn-southridge1 Preferred PLCharleston, WV (304) 746-4646
Holiday Inn Charleston House600 Kanawha Blvd ECharleston, WV (304) 344-4092
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites95 RHL BlvdCharleston, WV (304) 746-4748
Ivy Terrace Motel5311 Maccorkle AveCharleston, WV (304) 925-4736
Kanawha City Motor Lodge3103 Maccorkle AveCharleston, WV (304) 344-2461
Knights Inn6401 Maccorkle Ave SECharleston, WV (304) 925-0451
Motel 66311 Maccorkle AveCharleston, WV (304) 925-0471
Red Roof Inn #70596305 Maccorkle Ave SeCharleston, WV (304) 925-6953
Residence Inn By MarriottBusiness Park 200 Hotel CirCharleston, WV (304) 345-4200
Riverside Inn3313 Kanawha Blvd ECharleston, WV (304) 925-2592
Sleep Inn2772 Pennsylvania AveCharleston, WV (304) 345-5111
Sunset Motel2298 Sissonville DrCharleston, WV (304) 342-4961
Super 8 Motel Of Charleston1010 Washington St EastCharleston, WV (304) 345-9779
Wingate Inn-Charleston402 Second AveCharleston, WV (304) 744-4444
Microtel Inn600 2nd AveSouth Charleston, WV3.1 mi.(304) 744-4900
Ramada Plaza Hotel-charleston400 2ND AveSouth Charleston, WV3.4 mi.(304) 744-4641
Super 8 Motel Dunbar/charleston911 Dunbar AveDunbar, WV5.5 mi.(304) 768-6888
Travelodge1007 Dunbar AveDunbar, WV5.6 mi.(304) 768-1000
Days Inn6210 Maccorkle AveSaint Albans, WV7.0 mi.(304) 766-6231
Sleep Inn15 Goff Crossing RdCross Lakes, WV8.7 mi.(304) 776-7711
Motel 6330 Goff MTN RdCross Lanes, WV9.7 mi.(304) 776-5917
Comfort Inn102 Racer DrCross Lanes, WV10.1 mi.(304) 776-8070
Holiday Inn Express101 Xing Shopping CTRElkview, WV10.5 mi.(304) 965-9200
El Rancho Inn2843 Mccorkle AveSaint Albans, WV11.3 mi.(304) 727-2201
Econo Lodge4115 1ST AveNitro, WV12.5 mi.(304) 755-8341
Days Inn TeaysPutnam Village DrTeays, WV18.5 mi.(304) 729-3006
Park Avenue MotelPark AveDanville, WV21.6 mi.(304) 369-3732
Hampton Inn4190 State RT34Hurricane, WV21.8 mi.(304) 760-7292
Holiday Inn Express4218 State Rt 34Hurricane, WV21.8 mi.(304) 757-7177
Ramada Limited419 Hurricane CRK RdHurricane, WV21.8 mi.(304) 562-3346
 
Bed & Breakfast
Glen Ferris InnRt 60 EGlen Ferris, WV26.4 mi.(304) 632-1111

Charleston Weather & Climate

Southwestern West Virginia has a humid subtropical climate. Average temperatures are usually warmer than the rest of the state (except the region around Huntington), due to it being west of the higher elevations. Spring temperatures can vary considerably and it's not unusual at this time for a warm, sunny day to be followed by a chilly, rainy day. Summer temperatures can be hot and muggy. Autumn days are usually warm and dry and nights are cool. Winters usually differ from other winters in West Virginia because it's the last place in the state to receive snowfall. Winter temperatures tend to be mild, but an occasional cold snap can see it plummet to below 10F at night. Most snow falls during January and February. It is rare for a major snowstorm to hit this area. Thunderstorms are frequent during the late spring and throughout the summer, and occasionally can be quite violent. Tornadoes are rare. The driest period tends to be during September and October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 42°F 24°F 3.25 in. -
February 47°F 26°F 3.19 in. -
March 56°F 34°F 3.90 in. -
April 66°F 41°F 3.25 in. -
May 74°F 50°F 4.30 in. -
June 81°F 58°F 4.09 in. -
July 84°F 62°F 4.86 in. -
August 83°F 61°F 4.11 in. -
September 77°F 55°F 3.45 in. -
October 67°F 43°F 2.67 in. -
November 56°F 35°F 3.66 in. -
December 46°F 28°F 3.32 in. -

Charleston Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Raleigh County Memorial airport (BKW) located about 47 miles southeast of Charleston in Beckley, West Virginia, Tri State Milton J Ferguson Field (HTS) located approximately 50 miles west of Charleston in Huntington, West Virginia, the Mid Ohio Valley Regional airport (PKB) located roughly 69 miles north of Charleston in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and finally the Greenbrier Valley airport (LWB) located around 75 miles southeast of Charleston in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Charleston Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Camden ParkHuntingtonWV44.3 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Cato ParkCharlestonWV 
Coonskin Golf CourseCharlestonWV 
Shawnee Golf CourseInstituteWV7.2 mi.
Big Bend Golf CourseTornadoWV11.8 mi.
Scarlet Oaks Country ClubNitroWV12.4 mi.
Sandy Brae Golf CourseClendeninWV18.2 mi.
Riverview Country ClubMadisonWV22.2 mi.
Hawks Nest State Park Golf CourseGauley BridgeWV27.4 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Canaan ValleyDavisWV43.7 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV59.8 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA100.8 mi.
 
State Parks
Booker T Washington State ParkWV6.2 mi. 
Hawks Nest State ParkWV32.5 mi. 
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State ParkWV39.5 mi. 
 
Museums
West Virginia State MuseumCharlestonWV(Multidisciplinary)
Museum of Radio and TechnologyHuntingtonWV44.3 mi.(Technology)
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and MuseumBeckleyWV46.3 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
The WildsCumberlandOH103.8 mi.
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA118.7 mi.


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