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  • 64%
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    5 Jul 07, 2014

    South Carolina may represent the most diversity among the main barbecue styles, thanks to its core of four sauces (mustard-based, vinegar-and-pepper, and two tomato-based sauces). In Charleston, which also scored well for its fine dining, the honky-tonk-themed Home Team BBQ ups the ante with six sauces (including an Alabama white) to go with your ribs, turkey, or Redneck Pot Roast (brisket). That sloppy eat-off-the-paper approach is a bit of a let-loose departure for locals; Charleston also scored near the top for its home décor shops and for feeling tidy.

    But barbecue isn't all that this city is known for -- whether it's the charming folks (ranked No. 9 for world’s friendliest people), blossoming arts scene, raved-about Lowcountry cuisine, or historic neighborhoods, Charleston satisfies every southern fantasy. In fact, every corner seems to stage a marriage proposal-worthy scene, from the Battery with its moss-draped oaks and antebellum mansions to Waterfront Park’s picturesque Cooper River views.

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  • Charleston
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    5 Mar 14, 2014

    One of the U.S.’ most talked about “hidden” gems is full of excitement for a younger crowd. One of Charleston’s main draws is its burgeoning food industry, which features both delicious southern favorites, like fried chicken and barbecue, but also new creations by innovative chefs using fresh, specialty ingredients. Sign up for an affordable culinary tour to help you get the lay of the land. Another perk of this charming city is its abundance of history. You don’t need a big budget to walk around taking photos of the stately mansions, colorful row homes, and historic buildings -- including one where the Declaration of Independence was read. If you need some vitamin D, soak up the rays with your friends on the beautiful Barrier Islands just outside town. At night, if the bar scene isn’t your thing, check out the city’s jam-packed event calendar, which includes just about everything from improv shows to country music concerts.

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  • CharlestonPro 2014
    Frances Nguyen
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    3 Mar 04, 2014

    Charleston is a historic coastal city in South Carolina and is ideal for a weekend getaway. The bars are lively, the shops are abundant, and the food scene is solid. I recommend trying their shrimp and grits, which is a renown local specialty.

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  • Charleston
    Bryson Kiser
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    5 Dec 10, 2013

    Charleston has been one of the top ten destinations in the US for over 10 years. There are so many things to do in Charleston, museums, forts, plantations, historic homes, resting place of signers of the Declaration of Independence, fantastic dining, great walking tours, wonderful lodging and so many others. Beaches are only a short ride away. I recommend that you spend at least a week here so that you can visit some of the available attractions but a month would be even better. Visit Charleston and see why I love this city.

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    Stanley R
    5 Nov 23, 2013

    The Port City of Charleston has a charm all its own. Enjoy strolling in the Market Place or along High Battery. Visit some of the finest museum houses in the south and enjoy Charleston's unique cuisine at some of our delightful restaurants.

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  • CharlestonPro 2014
    Jason Planck
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    Charleston is a southern city that all kinds of charm and history. This city dates back to days of pirate rooming the seas to the British capturing the city. It also has several of signers of the Declaration of Independence bury here, plus their birthplace. It also has two National Parks to visit.

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  • Charleston
    Ryan Robbins
    4 Nov 11, 2013

    Charleston is a beautiful place! Very rich in old history and new food culture. If you're young and love to party, there's a vibrant late night scene. And if you're searching for good food, there are plenty of choices. I highly recommend the ghost tours and the carriage tours.

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  • CharlestonPro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    This city defines southern charm. The fascinating history and beautiful buildings and parks will enchant you!

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    Terri E
    5 Apr 30, 2013

    One of the most beautiful historic towns in the country, at least one day of exploration in Charleston is a must on everyone's bucket list!

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  • Charleston
    Margaret D
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    5 Oct 06, 2013

    Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the southeastern U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County,[3] and principal city in the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area.[4] The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers.

    Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783. It moved to its present location on Oyster Point in 1680 from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River known as Albemarle Point. By 1690, Charles Towne was the fifth largest city in North America,[5] and it remained among the ten largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census.[6] With a 2010 census population of 120,080 (and a 2012 estimate of 124,632), current trends put Charleston as the fastest-growing municipality in South Carolina. The city's metropolitan area population was counted by the 2010 census at 664,607 – the second largest in the state – and the 75th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

    Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, restaurant community, and mannerly people, Charleston has received a large number of accolades; they include "America's Most Friendly [City]" by Travel + Leisure in 2011 and subsequently Southern Living magazine naming Charleston "the most polite and hospitable city in America".

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  • Charleston
    Tilly Wright
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    5 Feb 23, 2013

    It's a great historic town with an intimate downtown area. Streets are narrow in downtown so beware.

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  • Charleston
    Tom Chapman
    5 Jan 13, 2013

    What can you say about Charleston Wonderful variety of restaurants and shops. Excellent museums. Beautiful historic churches.

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    Alex
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    5 Dec 04, 2012

    Charleston is the most popular city in the US that surprisingly few people know about outside the South.

    Charleston is one of the most amazing cities in the US, on par with New Orleans for fascinating history and culture. Everything here is old, and sometimes it feels like the Civil War (known here as 'the war') happened a decade or so ago. Plus, the food is stunning, and the historic inns and hotels are romantic perfection.

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  • Charleston
    Marissa Mitchell
    5 Nov 27, 2012

    What an AMAZING city! The fabulous diversity and friendliness permeating this area is intoxicating. There is so much historical foundation in this city, and it's just gorgeous. Not to mention the Isle of Palms beach is only 10 miles away and has some of the greatest beach areas in the entire country. Be sure to see as many historical landmarks as you can, including restaurant-historical landmarks. It's just amazing.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Nov 26, 2012

    This is a really lovely place to visit. The homes and the streets are like something from a picture book. You need to just walk around to discover the charm. We were here on one of the First Friday Art Walks (4 times a year) which was a lot of fun.

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    Arnaldo
    5 Oct 19, 2012

    A Cidade Antiga é agradavel e lembra historia. Otimas lojas, excelente restaurantes, otimos hoteis. Um lugar para voltar

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    Jenny Layne Cardon
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    5 Oct 04, 2012

    The most charming city in the US which boasts one-of-a-kind cuisine (the best shrimp and grits, BBQ and Southern nouveau around). The people are lovely and friendly, the architecture is always picturesque, the beaches are clean and beautiful and the Southern accents seal the deal.

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  • Charleston
    Angel Rhett
    5 Jul 09, 2012

    Downtown Charleston is something everyone should see. it is a wonderful step back into the past. Being the "holy city" we have some amazing churches and graveyards to check out. there is also fantastic seafood, friendly people and beautiful scenery.

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  • Charleston
    Janie Chambers
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    LOVELY TOWN TO VISIT AND LOTS OF HISTORY AND GREAT PLACES TO EAT. MUST DO KINGS ROW AND JIMMY BUFFETT'S STORE. WINGS ARE HOT AND GREAT.

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  • Charleston
    Greg Lytle
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Charleston is a great old southern city. One of the best features is it's historic homes and gardens. Of course some come here for the beaches. One of the best times to visit is during the Spoleto Festival every summer when the city comes alive with arts events in many venues from the historic theatres to churches, and downtown parks.

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If you are looking for the perfect blend of old-world charm mixed with vibrant new-world sophistication then head down to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is well-known across the US and beyond for its unique culture, which blends traditional southern American, English, French, and West African elements--which can be seen in its thriving restaurant culture. Charleston also has a vibrant ... read more
theater scene. In 2010 Charleston was listed as one of the country's top 10 cities for theater.In addition Charleston has some of America's finest example of Antebellum Architecture.

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