City pleasures and outdoor treasures mix it up in this region anchored by two walkable communities: Charleston, the state’s capital, and Huntington, home of Marshall University.
6 Regional Favorites
As you explore the Metro Valley, check out these favorite places:
- Town Center Mall: Charleston’s big mall is newly renovated, livelier and more inviting than ever.
- Heritage Farm Museum & Village: Near Huntington, learn about resourceful Appalachian ancestors by taking a guided tour through centuries of their technologies.
- Appalachian Power Park: Watch minor league baseball at its best, featuring a Class-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Ritter Park: In a city full of parks, Huntington’s Ritter Park is a gem within its own historic district. Enjoy walking paths, a rose garden and an amphitheater.
- Point Pleasant: This pretty Ohio River town is known for its Colonial-era history, river and farm museums – and the mysterious Mothman.
- Mardi Gras Casino & Resort: In Cross Lanes, just minutes from Charleston, enjoy a nonstop New Orleans-style party with table games, slots, greyhound racing and more.
More in the Metro Valley
Three major museums offer varied experiences in this region. Within the State Capitol complex, the West Virginia State Museum features a multi-sensory, interactive history tour. Charleston’s Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences offers exhibits and activities for all ages, and the Huntington Museum of Art holds a world-class collection. Smaller museums, some quite quirky, dot the region.
Metro Valley visitors enjoy the best in shopping, dining and entertainment options. The internationally syndicated Mountain Stage radio show makes its home in Charleston, as does the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Huntington’s Pullman Summer Concert Series and Marshall Artist Series delight audiences, and Charleston’s Live on the Levee and FestivALL enliven the city each summer.
Smaller communities – among them Malden, Dunbar, St. Albans, Hurricane and Winfield – offer antiques, boutiques, historic sites and festival fun.
And nature is always nearby. Hikers, bikers and birders love Kanawha State Forest, Charleston’s Carriage Trail, South Charleston’s Little Creek Park and other wooded getaways. The New River Train carries sightseers on fall foliage tours out of Huntington.