Century-old mansions, cobblestone streets, moss-draped trees, and cemeteries all contribute to Charleston’s unique flavor. With its lovingly preserved architecture, historic sites, and stately homes, the city has a wealth of stories to tell.
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Travel by boat to Fort Sumter and see where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Visit an antebellum mansion for a glimpse of life in the old South. As night falls, step back in time as you stroll along gaslamp-lit streets of historic downtown Charleston, watching horse-drawn carriages drive by.
While Charleston’s deeply rooted history plays a vital role in the city’s charms, the thriving dining, arts and entertainment scene rounds out your vacation experience, creating a dynamic mix of old and new.
What To Do
Explore historic Charleston, learning about the city’s heritage and the people and events that shaped its progress.
With more than 20 excellent courses, Charleston is a golfer’s paradise, with many having hosted PGA Championships.
Attend one (or several) of Charleston’s numerous festivals, including the Spoleto Festival USA. This 17-day festival, held each spring, is the most comprehensive arts festival in the country.
Explore the Charleston city market, one of the oldest public markets in the country
Take a winery, brewery or distillery tour (or all three) for an up-close look at the craft and science behind the production of each tasty beverage
When to Go
Charleston’s climate is subtropical, which means warm summer and mild winters.
Spring is typically the best time to visit because of the colorful azaleas and dogwoods blooming between March and June.
The best time to take in the festivals and events are between September and November.