Charleston

Charleston Travel Guide

It’s hard to think of a place that represents Southern charm and hospitality as perfectly as Charleston does. This port city is formed by the junction of the Ashley and Cooper rivers and protected from the ocean by outlying islands. Its low skyline, a result of a strict height restriction ordinance, is dominated by church steeples and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. cable stay bridge over the Cooper river. Travel to Charleston for its history, cuisine and welcoming vibe. Charleston travel includes an impressive array of historical sites, like the site of the beginning of the US Civil War, Fort Sumter, now in ruins, and Battery and White Point, as well as Fort Moultrie, a relic of the revolutionary war. Our Charleston travel guide doesn’t just focus on history, though–the city’s buzzing arts scene and dining offers are highlighted as well.

Things Not to Miss in Charleston

• Admire the stained glass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
 • Walk around the Middleton Place Plantation
 • Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
 • Dine at Husk, Sean Brock’s acclaimed restaurant
 • Relax at one of the city’s five beaches, like Folly Beach or Seabrook Island

When to Go to Charleston

Spring and fall are the best times of year to visit Charleston, when the weather is warm and allows for lots of outdoor activities. Summers can be very hot, with temperatures reaching the 90s, while winters are mild in temperature but heavier on the crowds. Foodies should mark their calendars for the beginning of March, when the BB&T Charleston Food + Wine Festival takes place.

Articles about Charleston

Charleston resident Nico Romo, the youngest-ever chef to be inducted as a Master Chef of France, is best known for showcasing his skills with seafood at the Asian-French fusion restaurant, Fish, as well as his commitment to local fishermen and sus...
Charleston resident Nico Romo, the youngest-ever chef to be inducted as a Master Chef of France, is best known for showcasing his skills with seafood at the Asian-French fusion restaurant, Fish, as well as his commitment to local fishermen and sus...
Charleston resident Nico Romo, the youngest-ever chef to be inducted as a Master Chef of France, is best known for showcasing his skills with seafood at the Asian-French fusion restaurant, Fish, as well as his commitment to local fishermen and sus...
Tragedy struck Charleston last month, but since then the city and its citizens have come together to support one another, demonstrating unshakeable resilience. Known as a welcoming place for all ages and demographics, Charleston has long been a ha...
With its antebellum charms, picturesque waterfront, and spectacular restaurant scene, it’s no wonder Travel + Leisure readers have ranked Charleston as the nation’s top city in our annual World’s Best Awards for the last two years. That’s why I’m ...
Lay of the Land Folly Beach: The 12-mile island south of downtown is known for its surf-worthy waves, seafood purveyors, and live-music bars. Historic District: These cobblestoned streets are lined with row houses, and you’re likely to spot ...
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When Matt McKinney took a 39-day road trip in 2012, he experienced one version of the American dream, just before he reached the Pacific Ocean: a flawless burger. “It was a really big, juicy patty and a perfectly moist bun,” says the Dallas-based...
  Long before he agreed to take over as host of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert was just another Charleston boy—swimming, fishing, and skateboarding down the quiet streets of what he recalls as a “sleepy Southern town.” Today, the South Carolina...
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