“Ranked annually among the nation’s most visited cities, Charleston, USA is brimming with historic charm.” Charleston is the oldest and the 2nd largest city in the state of South Carolina and it is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. The city was founded in 1670 as “Charles Towne” in the honor of King Charles II of England and it adopted the name of Charleston in 1783. The city is famous for preserving historical structures of hundreds years old which create the unique character of the southern Charleston, exuding a nostalgic air.
The charming Charleston has been voted America’s Best City three times over and it surely lives up to its name with welcoming locals, distinguished restaurants and rich history. The dry weather makes of Charleston destination to visit even in November. Explore the long cobblestone streets of the downtown on foot or rent a carriage drawn by horses to experience the authentic taste of the significant past of Charleston. The number of historic sites in Charleston is astonishing: 18th century houses, plantations, the Battery, museums, churches and the city market.
The Holy City houses a variety of churches scattered throughout the historic centre and it gives a sense of religious diversity. True architectural master pieces, the churches are a must see if you want to understand Charleston eclectic past. Make sure you stop by the iconic Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, or go to the historic Charleston City Market which is a locals’ favorite. The French Quarter is equally impressive, with cobblestone streets and gas lit alleys. The French Quarter is actually located within the original city walls which date back to the colonial era. The King Street is also a representative location and it is divided into three areas: the Design District, the Fashion District, and the Antique District.
Most accommodation places are located downtown and in the commercial areas of Charleston, all with an authentic taste which blends beautifully into the unique picture of the centre of the city. Charleston is also known for its abundance of fresh seafood. Hyman’s Seafood, Bowens Island and The Wreck are just a few restaurants you could try out should you decide to visit this city.
The unspoiled nature of the surroundings of Charleston is also a selling point to tourists. You can go on cruises along the rivers, watch the exotic birds or the playful dolphins. Folly Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Charleston Area and it is often referred as “the edge of America”, continuing to attract tourists across the globe.
Needless to say, Charleston lives up to its name and it remains one of the most charming destinations of United States. The warm welcoming of the locals, as well as the world-class attractions makes it a visit-able location all year round.