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You can’t help but feel history’s embrace as you walk along Charleston’s well-worn cobblestone streets and admire lovingly-restored architecture that dates as far back as the early 17th century. This bustling southern seaport was once the main exporting gateway for cotton, indigo, tobacco and rice. The fortunes from that trade were used to build beautiful antebellum mansions along the waterfront battery that thankfully survived the Civil War bombardment of Fort Sumter in the harbor. They serve as graceful reminders of this city’s storied past.

As the home of Lowcountry cuisine, Charleston is also a foodie destination where renowned chefs create updated versions of traditional dishes at a range of upscale dining venues and eateries. Contemporary art galleries, nightclubs and boutiques stand shoulder to shoulder with centuries-old pastel-colored structures, highlighting a truly charming destination that honors and coexists with its past while embracing the future.

THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON

Charleston City shopping district

Charleston City Market

Located in the city’s historic downtown district, this open-air emporium has brought vendors and buyers together for well over 200 years.
Couple taking selfie in front of pineapple fountain in Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park

This 10-acre park along the Cooper River is the perfect place to take in picturesque views of the Charleston waterfront or just to take a break from downtown sightseeing.
Fort Sumter steamboat

Fort Sumter

The first shots of the Civil War were fired here in Charleston Harbor. Take a ferry out to this harbor fortress, one of Charleston’s many well-preserved structures that bring history to life.