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

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