Charleston Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 74%Local Culture
- 68%Luxury Travelers
- 67%Budget Travelers
- 67%Art & Design Lovers
- 59%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (81)
- 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 CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersFeb 05, 2013
Charleston is easily one of America’s most exciting foodie destinations—not only for its restaurant scene but also for its culinary tours and cooking classes. With Charleston Cooks!, for instance, you can tackle comfort food classics like grits with garlic greens and chicken and sausage gumbo. Make your reservations now for renowned locavore-centric restaurants Husk and Fig. After dinner, plan to hit the Social Wine Bar (printed on the bartenders’ shirts: Wine Stud) and Butcher & Bee for a late-night scene that draws chefs on their off nights for light bites and BYOB (open from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).
Where to Stay: Opening in January 2013, the Zero George hotel promises to push the envelope of the town’s creative-coolness factor.
- 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.
- CharlestonMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersNov 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.
- 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.
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