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Founded way back in 1670, flowery Charleston is South Carolina’s oldest city. As you’d expect it’s a history buff’s haven, brimming with beautifully preserved antebellum architecture, museums, churches, and sites that paint a picture of its colorful past. For every visitor though, it’s the harbor city’s famously unwavering brand of Southern hospitality that appeals (and that extends to its delicious culinary credentials, too). A culture hub to boot, every spring Charleston welcomes hordes of artsy types into town, when it hosts the Spoleto Festival USA.

Things to see

Gracing half a mile along the Cooper River shore, Waterfront Park is one of the most picturesque areas on the downtown peninsula. With its trickling fountains, fragrant floral displays, and soothing harbor views, it’s a popular spot for strolling, picnicking, or just watching the world go by. First opened in 1907, the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist wasn’t completed until 2010 - when its steeple eventually joined the many others that pierce the city’s skyline. Built in brownstone in the neo-gothic style, its interior features stained glass windows and hand-painted Stations of the Cross. Historically used as a military marching ground, Marion Square is the downtown centerpiece of community events and celebrations. Every summer the grassy parcel hosts the Saturday Charleston Farmer’s Market, which offers fresh food, arts, crafts, and an upbeat atmosphere. For militant history enthusiasts, Patriots Point is a must-visit. Situated in Mount Pleasant, the waterside museum is home to the USS Yorktown, the USS Laffey, and the USS Clamagore.

Hotels in Charleston

There’s no shortage of hotels in Charleston, whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly sleepover or a sophisticated stay. If you’ve got a taste for the latter however you’ll find it in a B&B manor or a classical full-service hotel, many of which feature twinkling chandeliers and elegant four-poster beds. The more modest hotels in Charleston don’t scrimp on the Southern hospitality either. Whilst offering fewer frills many provide similar amenities, as well as in-room WiFi and cable TV. For something altogether cheaper there’s a wide choice of chain name hotels in the city, but they’re often situated away from Charleston’s historic downtown core.

Where to stay

Flanked by the rippling Ashley and Cooper Rivers, Charleston’s peninsula is home to the city’s historic downtown district – a charm overload, with its leafy streets and picture perfect architecture. Alongside many of the heritage sites, a hotel in Historic Charleston puts you close to the city’s best commercial lures too, including the main drag King Street, where you’ll find a tantalizing array of restaurants, fashionable shops, antique stores, and after hours haunts too. A stone’s throw away, Charleston City Market offers an old-South style shopping experience. Established in the early 1800’s, the lengthy indoor market overflows with food and potential souvenirs, from handmade jewelry to intricate Gullah baskets.

How to get to Charleston

The city’s nearest gateway is Charleston International Airport, situated approximately 12 miles from the historic downtown district in North Charleston. It serves a handy selection of major US cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and New York. The CARTA operated Route 11 bus provides a budget-friendly link from the airport to downtown Charleston, whilst taxis and rental cars are also located on-site. The city is also reachable from much of the United States via the Amtrak train and Greyhound bus, with an Amtrak station located around 10 miles north of downtown, and a Greyhound station located in North Charleston.

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