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Once a frontier town and home to Daniel Boone, today Charleston is the historic, sophisticated capital of West Virginia and home to a variety of exciting cultural and recreational attractions. The State Capitol, with its gleaming 23-carat gold dome and classic 20th-century architecture, is truly a sight to see. Most of the city's major landmarks are located near the Capitol, making it easy to see everything. Wander around the meticulously landscaped grounds to view statues of historic figures like Stonewall Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. History and culture buffs will want to visit the Cultural Center, which includes a state museum, reference and archive libraries and a theatre, and hosts special events throughout the year. For those who prefer outdoor activities, more than a hundred miles of spectacular scenery await you on the Midland Trail scenic highway, also known as US Route 60. Hop off at any point to do some antique hunting, cycling or hiking. The Kanahwa Forest offers more than 9000 acres of exploration and recreation, just south of town. Shopping, interesting attractions and plenty of outdoor fun make Charleston an ideal getaway destination.
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