This beloved city has charisma to spare. Leafy parks. Antebellum architecture. A breezy promenade. It’s immediately inviting and utterly romantic. But Charleston is more than just a pretty carriage ride. House tours provide the stories, museums add historic context and top-notch restaurants bring multicultural flavors. Southern hospitality ties it all together.
A stroll through downtown reveals the city’s historic appeal. The old churches, gated gardens and 19th-century homes are direct links to centuries past. The bright houses of Rainbow Row lure sightseers toward the adjacent Battery Park and its seawall. The latter is a perfect spot to gaze upon Fort Sumter, site of the first shots of the Civil War.
But Charleston isn’t stuck in the past. The city is a gourmand’s dream, with passionate chefs sharing low-country specialties on seemingly every block. Shrimp and grits are a menu staple and not to be missed. For shopping, try the art shops of Gallery Row or the boutiques of King Street. Need a getaway? Sugary beaches are just a short drive away.