Discover art, theater, and music in the Virginia state capital.

By Travel & Leisure
May 11, 2012
Charleston, West Virginia's Cultured Charms
Credit: © Joshua Jones / Courtesy of The Clay Center

Charleston, the capital of West Virginia, is refreshingly chic and affordable. The drive cuts through the state, passing small towns and national parks with thick deciduous forests; a gleaming capitol building greets you upon arrival.

Clay Center

Support the arts at a concert by West Virginia’s symphony orchestra or a touring ballet at the top-notch venue.

Art Walk

On the third Thursday of every month, galleries, bookstores, and antiques shops stay open late.

Bluegrass Kitchen

Feast on catfish with kale and grits under the authentic pressed-tin ceilings.

Brass Pineapple Bed & Breakfast

Rooms are draped in flowery Victorian textiles and morning meals are served on silver trays.