Every downtown in West Virginia has some special unique charms to offer visitors. But these five are the best of the best. They’re beautiful, charming, and most importantly offer us something to do and some great places to eat. How many of these have you checked off the list?

5. Lewisburg


A handful of quant shops, galleries and restaurants makes this our favorite in the Greenbrier Valley. Find out more about Downtown Lewisburg. It was even voted “America’s Coolest Small Town” in 2011.

4. Shepherdstown


It’s Shepherd University that brings the oldest town in West Virginia alive. Plus it’s only 90 minutes from Washington and Baltimore, the perfect Mountain State day trip for families. More about Shepherdstown.

3. Charleston

There’s no shortage of places to shop downtown Charleston (a favorite of ours is Taylor Books, where more than one post for this website has been written) or eat (hello, The Block). Take a stroll down Capitol Street!

2. Huntington


Two words: Pullman Square. The little (California-type) mall has brought new life to an already buzzing downtown in a way we wish all West Virginia towns could be like.

MORE: 17 Things We Love About Huntington

1. Morgantown


Was there ever any doubt? There’s always something to do downtown in the University City. Grab a cup of coffee at the Blue Moose, dance the night away at anyone of the great nightlife spots, or simply take in the beauty of West Virginia University. Race you to the Wharf District!

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