About Charleston

by SmarterTravel Staff
Charleston, South Carolina - Homes by the water (Photo: iStockPhoto/S. Greg Panosian

With tons of historical and military significance, Charleston, South Carolina, offers a look at the Old South and a chance to escape the modern world. Known as one of America's most mannerly cities, Charleston's distinguished demeanor has made it a top tourist destination.

History buffs will have plenty to explore in Charleston. The Museum Mile includes the Charleston Museum (the first museum in America) and the Old Slave Mart Museum, which details the city's role in a major chapter of African American history. Visitors can also explore the state's oldest public building, a Revolutionary War powder magazine.

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Charleston offers some of the most important military sites in America, from the Revolutionary War's Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon to a memorial for pirate Stede Bonnet, who was hanged here. White Point Gardens offers views of the famous Fort Sumter, an important Civil War stronghold. The Citadel, founded in 1842, is another landmark, and its museum portrays the history of its famous Corps of Cadets.

Although the city's historical significance attracts many visitors, others come to simply relax and recharge. With more than 15 local golf courses and five area beaches, Charleston can be the perfect place to leave the fast pace of modern life behind. Guests can indulge in local spas, or unwind beneath the ample shade of the 1,400-years-old Angel Oak.

Charleston International Airport serves more than 900,000 passengers each year, so visitors shouldn't have any difficulty finding flights to Charleston.

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