Charleston Travel Guide
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- 72%Luxury Travelers
- 66%History Buffs
- 66%Local Culture
- 61%Budget Travelers
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (80)
- CharlestonFirst to ReviewOct 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, 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".
- CharlestonMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 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.
- CharlestonNov 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.
- CharlestonJul 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.
- CharlestonJul 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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