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- 96%History Buffs
- 83%Local Culture
- 70%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 64%Luxury Travelers
- 64%Budget Travelers
- 64%Art & Design Lovers
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- CharlestonMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureLuxury Travelers
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.Recommended for:
- CharlestonMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11
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.Recommended for:
- CharlestonMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 3
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.Recommended for:
- CharlestonMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2
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.Recommended for:
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.Recommended for:
- CharlestonMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 4
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.
- CharlestonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 4
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.
- CharlestonCommunity ManagerMember ofFoodiesLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2
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.
- CharlestonFirst to Review
Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the southeastern U.S. state of South Carolina, the county seat of Charleston County, and principal city in the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. 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, and it remained among the ten largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census. 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".
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.
- CharlestonMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
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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