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    A small campus in the heart of a Capital City.

    UC is a cultural hub for the city of Charleston, West Virginia. Many events are held on campus throughout the year, including nationally renowned speakers, artists and musicians.

    About Charleston, West Virginia

    The University of Charleston is located in the state capital of West Virginia amidst magnificent mountains and rivers, with a panoramic view of the Capitol building on the banks of the Kanawha River. Students are just a short drive from some of the best whitewater rafting and skiing on the East Coast.

    The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, movie theaters, coffee shops and restaurants line the streets. There are three shopping destinations within easy driving distance. Along with many home style dining restaurants, there are locally owned Italian, Korean, Mediterranean, Indian, Vietnamese, Mexican and Chinese eateries close by. 

    Cultural Offerings

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    The Charleston Civic Center provides a venue for concerts, conferences, and sporting events, and boasts that the world’s top recording artists in country, pop, rock, jazz, and christian music receive their biggest encores in Charleston.

    In addition, Charleston has a growing number of outdoor festivals that feature live music from all over the world. In late June, the UC riverfront lawn is packed with visitors for Blues, Brews & Barbecue, an evening of blues music and great food. The next day is Wine and All That Jazz, providing a full day of jazz, a day of jazz performers and wine tastings from West Virginia vineyards. Learn more about Festivall. Summer and fall feature FestivALL, a celebration of the arts that takes place throughout the city. The NPR radio show Mountain Stage is produced in Charleston, bringing an eclectic mix of well-known and up-and-coming artists to town to record the broadcast every Sunday evening. Attending these live recording sessions is a favorite Charleston pastime. Learn more about Mountain Stage.  

    Charleston’s art community features music, theater, dance and visual works that will impress cultural connoisseurs and more casual audiences alike. Stroll through downtown during the monthly art walks to check out the fine arts offerings of local galleries while enjoying refreshments, music and appearances by featured artists. Take a tour of the gold-domed State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, or the historic East End. Check out the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, home to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Avampato Discovery Museum, and host to a full program of musical and theatrical performances each year. Schedules and more are available from the Clay Center and the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    Other ideas for exploring Charleston include:

    Outdoor Pursuits

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    Charleston is a gateway to all kinds of outdoor excitement, including skiing, whitewater rafting, ATV and mountain bike trails, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking. In the winter, West Virginia offers the best skiing in the Southeast, with Snowshoe, Silver Creek, and Canaan Valley resorts all within a four-hour drive, and Winterplace only an hour away.

    The Gauley and New Rivers are both within easy driving distance of Charleston, and attract whitewater rafters and kayakers, from beginners to extreme sports enthusiasts, to some of the best whitewater in the U.S. (photo courtesy of Class VI Rafting). 

    Nearby Kanawha State Forest, with 9,300 acres of hilly terrain and beautiful woodlands, has over 25 miles of trails, providing challenging terrain for hikers and mountain bikers. Coonskin Park has over 1,000 acres of woodland trails, picnic shelters, open meadows, tennis courts, and soccer fields. The Carriage Trail links the old Sunrise Mansion in South Hills with downtown via a mile-long wooded footpath.