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Charleston

Steeped in history, this Southern town is an ideal spot for walking tours of antebellum mansions, beautiful gardens and fine restaurants. 

Charleston is best explored on a walking tour or in a horse-drawn carriage with your driver telling stories about city landmarks. Learn about military history and the Southern way of life. Sample local foods of shrimp and grits, Lowcountry barbecue, collard greens and sweet pralines.

The American Civil War began here, when the seceding Confederacy fired upon and overtook federal Fort Sumter in the Charleston River. A later Union attack reduced the fort to rubble. Take a ferry to see the historic site, which also contains a complete timeline of U.S. naval activities along the Atlantic Ocean coastline.

Across the harbor, walk along The Battery and White Point Garden to gaze at the fort, now a national monument. Reflect on this pivotal moment in U.S. history. Turn around to view pretty antebellum houses surrounded by flowers in this neighborhood known as South of Broad. The writer Pat Conroy lived here. Many of his popular novels reveal not only Charleston’s geography, but also its cultural nuances.

To the west, the brilliant white Romanesque architecture of The Citadel gleams against a bright blue Charleston sky. Watch military cadets in dress uniforms during weekly parades or competing in weekend football games against other Southern colleges in the fall.

Nearby visit Middleton Place, a 1755 plantation with one of the nation’s earliest landscaped gardens. Something blooms here at any time of year. You might see an alligator sunning itself next to the Ashley River.

To the east, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is an impressive modern structure, especially with its triangular arches illuminated at night. Walk, bike or drive across for excellent views of the river and harbor or run across during the Cooper River Bridge 10K Run in early April.

Spring’s Spoleto Festival offers opera, theater, dance, music and artist talks. Throughout the year, visit the Charleston Historic Market to purchase locally made handicrafts. Famous hand-woven sweetgrass baskets, once used during rice harvesting, are still made by locals and treasured as artworks.


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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston N./Ashley Phosphate

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston N./Ashley Phosphate

7535 N Forest Drive, North Charleston
4.5
of 5, from 748 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in North Charleston, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Northwoods Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Frankie's Fun Park and Charleston Southern University. Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark and United States Air Force Charleston Air Force Base are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£94
Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

20 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant
4.1
of 5, from 733 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

With its own full-service marina on Charleston's historic Harbor, the resort is near a golf course, USS Yorktown, and Shem Creek. Lively Downtown Charleston and Sullivan’s Island are a short water taxi ride away.

£97
Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center

Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center

3234 W Montague Ave, North Charleston
4.5
of 5, from 230 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Charleston Area Convention Center and North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. Charleston Tanger Outlets is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

£81
Town & Country Inn and Suites

Town & Country Inn and Suites

2008 Savannah Hwy, Charleston
4.7
of 5, from 912 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Town & Country Inn and Suites sits on Savannah Highway, an easy 15-minute drive from historic downtown Charleston. Also a 15-minute drive, the City Market is ideal for souvenir shopping, and the South Carolina Aquarium offers plenty of family fun. The Citadel Mall is a 2-minute drive from the hotel.

£66
Red Roof PLUS+ Mt Pleasant - Patriots Point

Red Roof PLUS+ Mt Pleasant - Patriots Point

301 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant
3.5
of 5, from 481 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Mount Pleasant, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from USS Yorktown. Shem Creek Park and Patriots Point are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£124
Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

560 King Street, Charleston
4.5
of 5, from 201 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Charleston, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Woolfe Street Playhouse and College of Charleston. Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and PURE Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

£68
Days Inn Historic District

Days Inn Historic District

155 Meeting St, Charleston
3.4
of 5, from 835 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the center of Charleston's historical area, this hotel is across from the City Market, and 5 blocks from Waterfront Park.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort

1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island
4.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Kiawah Island resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Night Heron Park and Turtle Point Golf Course. Osprey Point Golf Course and Cougar Point Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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