When it comes to architecture, history, food or fun, some places simply outshine most others. The port city of Charleston is one of those cities. Founded in 1670 as Charles Town - a nod to King Charles II - it is South Carolina’s oldest city and easily its most charming. Beautifully preserved architecture, cobblestoned streets and countless historic monuments create a storybook setting beloved by visitors. Enjoy acclaimed restaurants, antiques, galleries, museums and dozens of cultural events showcasing everything from Lowcountry cuisine to modern film.

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At A Glance

  • Historic downtown location
  • Magnificent harbor views
  • Award-winning restaurants
  • Beautifully preserved architecture
  • Unique boutiques on King Street
  • Nearby beaches

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The Battery

The most iconic images of Charleston come from the South of Broad neighborhoods. See the multi-colored homes of Rainbow Row, stroll past centuries-old architecture and admire beautiful Charleston gardens. White Point Gardens, or The Battery, as it is locally known, features a bandstand, several memorial monuments, and artillery from the Civil War.
1.2 miles | 7 min drive | 15 min walk

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Waterfront Park

Located just steps away from the HarbourView Inn, this eight-acre park provides breathtaking views of the Charleston Harbor. Splash in the famous fountains, relax on a swing on the pier and enjoy the shade of intimate garden “rooms” in this public park.
135 ft | 1 min walk

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Old City Market

Recently renovated, the Charleston City Market is a symbol of Charleston. See artisans weave Charleston’s famous Sweetgrass baskets and wander past over 100 vendors selling artisanal items, art, delectable treats, quilts and many other treasures that are unique to this area.
.3 mile | 6 min walk


Charleston Historic Downtown

A casual stroll through Charleston reveals centuries of well-preserved architecture. Admire iconic Charleston single-style houses and visit notable locations such as Calhoun Mansion, Edmondston-Alston House, Nathaniel Russell House and the Aiken-Rhett House.
.2 mile | 3 min walk


King Street

Whether you’re shopping for art, antiques or clothing, Charleston’s King Street will delight you. Highlights include multiple antiques galleries south of Market, fashion boutiques from Calhoun to Market Streets, and, north of Calhoun, the hip Upper King district with up-and-coming shops, galleries and nightlife.
2 miles | 9 min drive

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