Gay Charleston, WV: Along the Kanawha River

West Virginia's largest city and state capital, Charleston, is a vibrant southern community divided by
the Kanawha River. On one side sits Charleston's downtown, an easily walkable area with lots to see. You'll find shopping, dining option and lovely parks scattered among state buildings.

Across the River is the South Hills neighborhood, home to upscale and specialty shops at Bridge Road. After a lull in which several clubs closed down, Charleston's gay nightlife scene is seeing a revitalization of sorts. Moving in alongside the longstanding Broadway Club is newcomer Union Square and there is talk of a new club from the owners of nearby Huntington's Stonewall Club opening by the end of 2011.

Restaurants to check out