Check Out the Charming Charleston through a Bus Window!

Check Out the Charming Charleston through a Bus Window!
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Have you ever wondered why so many people are taking bus trips these days? Well, frankly this is a no-brainer. Travelers are sick and tired of the endless waits at airports and they also feel that a place is best explored when one does it in a leisurely manner rather than flitting from one attraction to another.

The Lure of the Quaint

The state of West Virginia offers unbelievably gorgeous natural scenery with rolling mountains, bewildering wilderness, and amazing vistas. Its capital city, Charlestown is a scenic waterfront city that is chockfull of interesting places for you to see and fun things for you to do.

For bus trips in West Virginia, there is no real need to create chock-a-block itineraries. Just relax your mind and body ad take one place or thing at a time and you’ll find yourself enjoying this bewitching city even more!

Start your trip here with a visit to the Charleston State Capitol, a majestic building that rises above the banks of the Kanawha River. Its 300-foot dome is five feet higher than the US Capitol’s and covered with 23.5 karat gold leaf. Don’t miss the humongous chandelier suspended from its top!     

If you are a history geek, you’ll love the exhibits of the West Virginia State Museum which range from displays of coal and fossils to a very famous hoax – the Braxton County Rune Stone. With lots of short films and audio commentaries, you are in for a treat of a lifetime in terms of learning about art, history, and culture here.

Then there is the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. This huge place is called home by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and many concerts and performances are held here – from visual arts and sciences to musicals and ballet.

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Bus tours in Charleston, WV, are surely incomplete without retail therapy. And for that, you must visit Capitol Street and Capitol Market.

There are lots of galleries, boutique stores, and cafés where you can peruse at will and keep sating any arising hunger pangs at the many renowned restaurants here that serve dishes from around the world.

At the Capitol Market, you can check out the farmers market that is set in a renovated 19th-century freight station. You can pick up locally produced goods here along with plants, flowers, fresh produce, etc. 

If, for you, taking bus trips near me means immersing yourself in nature, make the Kanawha State Forest your next stop. This immensely beautiful forest is 9300 acres of unadulterated nature! You can walk, picnic, camp, bike, ski, or hike here. There are hiking trails that range from easy to quite challenging, and with so many activities, this place is a magnet for people of all ages and sizes.

To keep your kids amused for hours, you can head over next to the Avampato Discovery Museum which has lots of awesome interactive science exhibits for them to enjoy. They will love this place and you too will be enthralled to bits. 


Janu Abbasi is writer, editor, and devoted bookworm based in Abbottabad, Pakistan. While he currently is the Senior Editor for content marketing agency Rehan Networks, he’s been slinging copy in various forms for more than a decade.

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