Charleston is America's most beautifully preserved
architectural and historic treasure, with a rich, 300 year heritage.
Since its founding in 1670, Charleston has played an important and
often pivotal role in the course of American history. The city's past
is a testament to the spirit and tenacity of its citizens.
Charleston lends itself to walking, and many
visitors find this to be a convenient way to see everything the city
has to offer. Beautiful homes, churches and public buildings line the
city's tree-lined streets. Magnificent formal gardens grace much of the
Historic District, adding to the beauty of the colonial, antebellum
and Victorian architecture. Some of the more popular attractions are
White Point Gardens, (commonly called "The Battery") and the Waterfront
Park. Other must-see attractions include the new South Carolina
Aquarium, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the Gibbes Museum, the
Charleston Museum and its Museum Houses, the Aiken-Rhett House, the
Edmondston-Alston House and the Nathaniel Russell House.
Charleston is a city of celebration, so there's sure to be a
festival or special event occurring during your visit! Some of the most
widely-known include the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the Annual
Festival of Houses and Gardens, Spoleto Festival USA, the Fall
Candlelight Tour of Homes, the MOJA Festival and Christmas in
Charleston. Numerous other events highlighting the arts and
Charleston's diverse cultural heritage are held throughout the year.
Weekly event schedules are available at the Visitor Center to assist
you during your stay.
Visitors to Charleston are constantly amazed at the quality and
variety of restaurants that can be enjoyed. These range from
southern-style to five-star French and everything in between! Shopping
in Charleston is just as diverse and exciting. Be sure to visit the
quaint antique shops along King Street, and browse for hand-made
sweetgrass baskets and other crafts in Charleston's Historic District
and famous Old City Market. From its recognizable shops such as Saks
Fifth Avenue and Gucci to its specialty stores like Ben Silver and
Croghanís Jewel Box, Charleston is a shopper's delight. The entire city
is chock full of interesting and unusual specialty shops.
You're sure to find Charleston to be a destination unlike any
other. The only thing you won't find is a shortage of interesting
things to see, do and enjoy!