Knights Inn Charleston East

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6401 MacCorkle SE, Charleston, West Virginia, 25304, United States
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What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by AngusGlen

OK - this is a long shot my VT friends.
My wife and I plan to be in Charleston, West Virginia, this September. This will be my first visit to the area. We also have to be in Delaware. Hmmm.
Can anyone suggest any places to see or visit, walks in the area, museums and cultural centres, that will give me a good insight into the area. I do not plan to travel much each day and would be happier with "small and local" suggestions.
Can anyone suggest good websites for accurate info?
Any advice on cheap flights to this area, from UK???

If anyone replies to this I'll be amazed - happily!!!

Best wishes from Scotland.

Re: What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by seagoingJLW

this website should help you decide what to do.


Re: Re: What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by AngusGlen

Many Thanks!!!

I will check these websites out. You have been a great help - I'll let you know what happens.

Re: What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by iluvtrvl

I have found the following site helpful for visitors:

More specific to Charleston WV....I grew up near there and spent the first 32 years of my life as a West Virginian. Since you did not provide how long of a stay you would have, I can only offer some sights of interest, but would be glad to offer more if needed.
The WV Cultural Museum in the Capitol Complex is a great museum to gain WV cultural information. Here's the link:

About an hour's drive east of Charleston on US Route 60, is a wonderful area for a day visit - Hawks Nest State Park. There is a park for picnicing, a museum (if you are up to a hike), an overlook site to view the New River Gorge, a lodge with restaurant and a tram to take you into the Gorge. Just east of that is the New River Gorge Bridge, with an overlook area and museum. To get there you will travel US 60 east, to state route 19, south for about 5 miles. The museum and overlook will be on the left. This is also the area where many white-water river raft companies do business, as the New River is a popular white-water river. To the north of there, but from US 19, is Summersville Dam, which is a corps of engineers earthen dam. This is quite impressive to see and the lake is beautiful. During September, the corps begins releasing water from the dam, creating additional white-water rafting opportunities on the Gauley River.

One last note - the lodging facilities at all WV state parks are generally very nice and extremely price reasonable, so unless you are committed to staying in Charleston, you might consider staying at some of the state parks as you journey around.

Have fun in West Virginia! It is a beautiful state, and you will find the people very friendly and helpful.

Re: What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by iluvtrvl

I forgot....the Sternwheel Regatta may be going on while you are is held the weekend before Labor Day (first Monday in September). Here is the link if you want to get more info:

Re: Re: What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by DeeSC

Are you choosing to go to Charleston or do you have to go there for business? There are much nicer places to visit in WV than Charleston. Charleston is very polluted and there isn't a lot to do or see.

I lived in Charleston, WV for a number of years. The Cultural Center is a nice place to go, but it is fairly small. It won't take you all that long to go through it. Sometimes they have a quilt show or a special arts exhibit.

Sunrise Museum is in the South Hills section of Charleston. Definitely a third or fourth tier museum, but sometimes they do get interesting exhibits.

I would check out the WV travel pages and go for the "natural" aspects of the state. New River Gorge, Hawk's Nest, Canaan Valley, to name just a few. Hiking in the mountains in September will be quite nice.

The Huntington Art Museum, which is about an hour from Charleston, would be another place you could go, if you are interested in museums.

I would check the local newspaper, The Charleston Gazette, and see if FOOTMAD (Friends of Old Time Music and Dance) is sponsoring a concert or dance. The tickets aren't very expensive and you might enjoy doing some line, contra, square, or Scottish dancing. FOOTMAD sponsors local musicians and also those from the British Isles. People at FOOTMAD are very friendly. Some weekends they even have a potluck before the concert or dance.

Joe Dobbs has a music shop in St. Albans. You can call there and see if he knows of any local concerts. Local Appalachian music is quite good and has its roots in British Isles music.

I can't think of anything else I can recommend.

Re: What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by mountainlover

Give the new Clay Center a try. This is the former Sunrise Museum, completely redesigned, updated, new building ect. (Opened in 2003)

Also in South Charleston, there is the Indian Mound...not a whole lot of anything, maybe just a plaque, but something different anyway.

( I don't remember what all is here. Good place to just sit and eat luch though.

Haddad Riverfront Park - A walk on the river. Charleston's newspaper WV Cultural Center @ The State Capital, while your there grab a snapshop of the Gold-Domed Capital Building.

Hope this helps...

Re: Re: What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by iluvtrvl

Kanawha State Forest is a jewel of a park about a 10 minute drive from the Capitol, if you know where you are going....signs are plentiful, and you will drive through one of the more populated but nice residential sections of Charleston to get to it. Great for hiking, picnicing or just a little solitude.

There is also a nice mall in the center of town, across the street from the Marriott - if you are the shopping type.

About a 45 minute drive west from Charleston is the home of Blenko glass, where art glass is blown. They have an observation area, as well as a museum and gift shop where you can purchase Blenko glass at a very reasonable price (some would say cheap). Take the Milton exit from I-64 and follow the signs.

There is a WV arts and crafts exhibit hall and museum called "Tamarack", about an hour's drive south on I-77 at Beckley. And if you are in WV late in September, there will be many arts and crafts/pumpkin/fall festivals going on locally - these are great for wonderful local food and arts and crafts. Your hotel should be able to provide information, as well as the local paper.. There are 2 local papers: and

RE: What to do near Charleston West Virginia - Sept 04

by Stephen-KarenConn

Unfortunately there's not a lot on VT about Charleston, but I've just added my page for that city, after a very interesting recent visit there. I loved Charleston, and there is also much to see nearby in the way of natural attractions, state parks, etc.

Travel Tips for Charleston

The Kanawha River

by Stephen-KarenConn

Charleston is situated at the confluence of the Kanawha and the Elk Rivers and is very much a river city. While the Elk is relatively small, the Kanawha is a hard working river, meandering through the valley and mountains of West Virginia's coal country, and carrying barges heavy laden with the black gold. The Kanawha flows into the Ohio River, and hence to the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Kanawha is also popular with rowers, pleasure boaters, and provides a venue for Charleston's annual sternwheel regatta.

Charleston Sternwheel Regatta

The Mansions on Kanawha Boulevard, East

by Stephen-KarenConn

It's well worth taking a walk along Kanawha Boulevard, East just to see the architecture of the scores of impressive mansions along the riverfront. These were built primarily with the wealth that came from harvesting (exploiting) West Virginia's rich fossil-fuel resources: coal, oil and natural gas.

Most of the mansions today have been converted into offices, and the rich folk have moved out to more secluded mountaintop hideaways. The stately white-columned home pictured here is now the headquarters of the United Mine Workers, which is a powerful force in West Virginia politics and life.

Appalachian Power Park..our new Baseball Field

by butterflykizzez04

Appalachian Power is Charleston West Virginia's new baseball team which is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Our team was originally the Charleston Charlies , then the Charleston Wheelers (very briefly) and then became the Charleston Alley Cats. The stadium used to be located in Kanawha City, and it was recently demolished and our new state of the art stadium was built and opened in April 2005.
On the website it gives a great detailed information of the entire baseball history in Charleston, dating back to 1910. We had many teams and many team names, affiliated with many different major league teams. As a child growing up, I only remember the Charleston Charlies.
My grandfather retired from Union Carbide and for years Union Carbide sponsored a baseball night and my grandpa took us every year. Many times he took us on regular nights also, he loved baseball and loved to sponsor the home team. I miss my grandpa but this helps me have great memories. Every Thursday is BUCK night, admission, sodas and hotdogs, only $1.00
a great night to take the kids and have some old-fashion fun..and make your own memories...

Appalachian Power Park is located at the corners of Brooks and Lewis street in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

by Stephen-KarenConn

I was surprised to learn that this statue was the first to be erected on the West Virginia Capitol grounds, in 1910, especially since West Virginia broke off from Virginia during the Civil War and remained with the Union, after Virginia seceded with the Confererate States. A famous Confederate general in the War Between the States, Jackson was born in Clarksburg, and grew up at Jackson's Mill, Lewis County, in what is today part of West Virginia.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy commissioned Moses Ezekiel, then working in Italy, to design the bronze statue to honor soldiers from western Virginia who fought for the Confederacy. The statue was first erected on the old Capitol gounds, located downtown, then moved to the new Capitol in 1921. An identical copy of Ezekiel's "Jackson" stands on the parade grounds of Ezekiel's alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

West Virginia Cultural Center

by mikelisaanna

The West Virginia Cultural Center is a modern-style building located next to the state capitol that houses the West Virginia Museum (currently closed for renovation) and the West Virginia Archives.It also houses the West VIrginia State Theater, where numerous concerts are held throughtout the year, including the popular Mountain Stage series of concerts, which are broadcast on the NPR radio network and the PBS television network.


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 Knights Inn Charleston East

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Address: 6401 MacCorkle SE, Charleston, West Virginia, 25304, United States