Recipient of Conde Nast's #1 City five years running, and recognized by Travel and Leisure and Southern Living Magazines, why would such a small city like Charleston, South Carolina gain so much acclaim against so many worthy competitors? The answers lie in the reasons you travel. You have a few days to get away from reality and enjoy yourself. Not only does Charleston have it all, it has things to enjoy and experience that no other city has. Charleston's Finest City Guide is here to help you get the most from your visit. We loved Charleston before she became so popular. The Charleston area is our home and we're very passionate about sharing her with you. If you need help with your visit, please bookmark our site.
Why are so many visitors and meeting planners continuing to choose Charleston? First is the city itself. Whether you are planning a vacation, romantic getaway, conference, family or military reunion, Charleston is a living museum of historic places, plantations and homes, each with their own stories. You can take tours short or long and enjoy the city all by yourself or in a group with a tour. Get up in the morning and walk from your hotel down King Street to the battery and you'll start feeling at home, perhaps imagining what it was like when the streets were covered with horse and carriages, not like those you see today. If you want to learn the stories of the many homes and neighborhoods, you can take self-guided walking tours, ride in your car, or experience one of the many guided tours available. The homes, gardens, parks, buildings and walk-ways of Charleston are amazingly preserved and restored. If you enjoy architecture, we offer an unmatched variety.
Charleston is an ideal place for a romantic getaway. There is plenty to please any couple looking for an escape to keep the spark in their relationship. Charleston is a walking city with plenty to see and do within walking distance of a wide variety of hotels. You can park your car for the weekend and not have to drive until it's time to leave. If you're flying, the historic district is an inexpensive van/taxi ride from the airport. You can share a shuttle for $12 or take your own taxi for less than $30.
Perhaps before your trip, you might start learning more of Charleston's history. There are plenty of great resources available. As one of America's few successful original settlements, Charleston's modern history dates back to the 1600's when it was called Charles Towne, named after King Charles II of England. While experiencing tremendous devastation and loss, Charleston's people and structures survived the wrath of both the British and Union Armies, a fire and an earthquake. Her history is full of triumph and tragedy. Robert Rosen's A Short History of Charleston is a good place to start if you'd like to learn more.
When you travel to a beautiful city, where does food and drink rank in YOUR priorities? Nowhere in the world does such a modest city have such notorious and affordable restaurants all mostly within walking distance of your hotel. A relative newcomer, Husk on Queen Street is showing up on top 10 lists from Forbes to Southern Living. There are many others, Charleston Grill, Hall's Chophouse, Magnolias, McCrady's, Fig, Oak Steakhouse, Cypress, Virginia's on King. No matter what your pleasure, Charleston doesn't disappoint.
Great hotels, attractions, beaches and shopping top off the experience. There is plenty to do for every member of the family. You might make a day trip or two to one of our many beaches. An alternative to staying downtown, is to stay at the beach, and enjoy trips to the historic district, plantations, and other sites when you've had enough of the sun and sand. Charleston's beaches are on barrier islands each with their own unique character. Relish in the luxury of The Sanctuary on exclusive Kiawah Island also home of the infamous Ocean Course. Rent a rustic bungalow on Folly Beach (our personal favorite) with more of a beach bum feel. Vacation rentals are great ways for families to enjoy one another offering more space, where you can enjoy the food scene here and there without mortgaging your home. If you're a hotel person and downtown rates are too steep for your budget (or you'd rather spend your money shopping), there are plenty of good choices on the perimeter either just on the other side of the bridges in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, or in North Charleston.
Our guide is designed to help make it easier for you to get around Charleston. Whether you're just here for a visit, planning an event, or staying for good, we have all the information you need to help you. You can bookmark the site and come back over and over. We are here to help you with planning and building your trip to Charleston.
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