Officially founded back in 1794 as a mere forty acre collection of seven houses and thirty-five total residents, this city has grown exponentially to a population of over 50,000, earning it the distinction of both West Virgina's most populated city and the capital of the state. Although not exactly known across the globe for it's wealth of tourist attractions, this location does offer visitors ... read more
with plenty of outdoor attractions if they are up for it. For starters, the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, which flow through the city itself, are popular sport fishing locations, and the scenic Kanawha State Forest offers up a wealth of outside activities, including hiking, camping, and much more. The real draw for sightseers within the city, is the expansive selection of Vicrotian-era buildings, which can be seen through various tours, including the South Hills Carriage Trail, which culminates at former Governor William MacCorkle's beautiful hilltop mansion. Architecture buffs and outdoor enthusiasts ought to not pass up an opportunity to check out the sites at this historic city.