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Southern Charm in the Holy City

Take a trip back in time to the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Charleston attracts travelers with its vivid history, stately mansions and groundbreaking restaurants. Explore the city's major sites, including the City Market and Old Exchange Building, while learning about its past on a carriage tour.
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What to Do

Sullivan’s Island
Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island

History lovers won’t want to miss touring Fort Moultrie, the series of citadels on Sullivan’s Island where the victory over the British Navy took place on June 28, 1776. Edgar Allan Poe was also stationed here as a US Army private in 1827. History aside, there’s plenty of beachy things to do here, like stand up paddleboarding and embarking on a fishing charter. 960 1280

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Bulls Island

Bulls Island

If you’re a nature lover -- or just looking for a bit of solitude -- this 7-mile-long undeveloped barrier island and wilderness habitat is the perfect beach to explore. And it’s a particular draw for bird watchers, with its nearly 300 species of birds, making it home to one of the largest bird populations on South Carolina’s coast. 960 1280

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Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach

An hour’s drive from Charleston, this unspoiled beach is ideal for eco-tourists, fishing fanatics and families. There is always some lowcountry fun to take part in here, like July’s Billfish Tournament, September’s Shrimp Fest and October’s Bluegrass Festival. 960 1280

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Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach

This family-friendly beach is a fisherman’s dream, with surf fishing, river fishing, pier fishing and deep-sea fishing. And nature lovers will enjoy Edisto Beach State Park’s oceanfront campground, known for its palmetto-lined beaches, historic fossils and shelling. 960 1280

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Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island

Looking to get away from it all? You’ll feel like you are on your own private beach at Seabrook Island. This 2,200-acre coastal barrier island lures beach lovers with its peaceful beaches and miles of untouched marshland. 960 1280

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Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island

This coastal barrier island’s pristine beaches aren’t its only draw. Seabook Island is a private oceanfront residential community with 2 championship golf courses, an equestrian center and hearty seafood restaurants. 960 1280

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Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms

Perfect for families, Isle of Palms is known for its tight-knit community of local businesses and charming beach homes. For an excursion into luxury, Wild Dunes Resort features golf courses, a spa and oceanfront pools. 960 1280

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Kiawah Beach

Kiawah Beach

This 10,000-acre barrier island has 10 miles of pristine beaches to explore and 30 miles of marshland. Just 21 miles outside of downtown Charleston, Kiawah Beach offers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the sunshine among wildlife like turtles, white deer and seabirds that inhabit the area. 960 1280

Kiawah Island Golf Resort  

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

What’s another draw of Kiawah Beach, beyond its miles of untouched beaches? World-class golfing! Ranked the No. 1 golf resort in the US by Golf World magazine, Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers 5 championship courses for teeing off, as well as luxurious oceanfront lodging. 960 1280

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Folly Beach

Folly Beach

Nicknamed “Edge of America,” Folly Beach is a 7-mile-long natural barrier island on the Atlantic Coast known for its laid-back beach culture. There’s something for everyone here, from great surf breaks to beachfront cottages, as well as locally owned restaurants and eclectic shops. 960 1280

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Folly Beach

Folly Beach

Just 15 minutes outside of downtown Charleston, Folly Beach provides a convenient seaside escape for locals and tourists alike. This outdoor lover’s escape offers some of the best surfing on the East Coast, dolphin kayak tours, deep-sea fishing and plenty of sand to play in. 960 1280

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Where to Stay

Andrew Pinckney Inn
Andrew Pinckney Inn

Andrew Pinckney Inn

Located just steps from the historic City Market, this restored boutique hotel combines old-world charm with modern luxury. Each room in the Andrew Pinckney Inn is unique -- our favorite is the St. Phillip's Suite, which includes a soaking tub, exposed brick walls and a romantic Juliet balcony overlooking Market Street. 960 1280

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Battery Carriage House Inn

Battery Carriage House Inn

A short stroll from Charleston’s waterfront, Battery Carriage House Inn is located in the city’s charming antebellum neighborhood, the Battery. Perfect for those who want to revel in Charleston’s history, this historic B&B dates back to 1843. The inn is also reportedly home to several ghosts, including "The Headless Torso," who haunts Room 8, and the "Gentleman Ghost," who appears in Room 10 from time to time. 960 1280

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Francis Marion Hotel

Francis Marion Hotel

Step back into 1920s grandeur with a stay at this Charleston landmark hotel. Named for a Revolutionary War hero, Francis Marion Hotel was restored in 1996 with lavish furnishings and marble baths. The only high-rise hotel in Charleston’s historic district, Francis Marion Hotel has impressive views of the historic harbor. 960 1280

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Planters Inn

Planters Inn

Located across from the historic City Market, Planters Inn is a mix of lowcountry and luxury. Built in 1844, this 64-room hotel is brimming with Southern elegance (a white-gloved doorman welcomes you at the door) and traditional furnishings like 4-poster,plantation-style beds. And don’t miss the 12-layer coconut cake served at the hotel’s Peninsula Grill restaurant. 960 1280

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Wentworth Mansion Hotel

Wentworth Mansion Hotel

Looking for the ultimate in historic Charleston grandeur? Look no further than Wentworth Mansion. This downtown Charleston Inn caters to your every desire with afternoon hors d’oeuvres and wine in the parlor, an evening port or sherry, and 2-person whirlpool tubs in every room. And your pooch will be pampered here, too, in one of the pet-friendly garden rooms. 960 1280

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Charleston Place

Charleston Place

Situated in the heart of downtown Charleston, Charleston Place takes Southern hospitality to an all-new level with a private personal concierge for guests, afternoon tea and a full-service spa. Enjoy South Carolina’s warm days on the rooftop with the hotel’s heated saltwater pool. 960 1280

  

The Restoration on King

The Restoration on King

With a prime location on one of Charleston’s most famous streets, The Restoration on King is worth staying at if only for all the restaurants and shops nearby. But you may never want to leave the hotel, with amenities like private patios, in-suite washer, dryer and full kitchen, and even a pillow menu. 960 1280

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Market Pavilion Hotel

Market Pavilion Hotel

Set in the most upscale part of Charleston’s historic district, Market Pavilion Hotel offers old-world decor and modern amenities. You’ll be treated to luxuries like Italian marble bathtubs, 600-thread count sheets and Hermes bathroom toiletries. The hotel’s rooftop retreat, Pavilion Bar, offers views of the historic district and a cascading pool. 960 1280

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Courtyard Charleston Historic District-

Courtyard Charleston Historic District-

Adjacent to the city’s Marion Square, Courtyard Charleston Historic District is right in the center of many of the city’s tourist attractions. With over 7,700 square feet of meeting space, this hotel is perfect for business meetings, too. Families and business travelers alike will enjoy the hotel’s outdoor heated pool or a workout in the fitness center. 960 1280

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The Mills House

The Mills House

Located in historic Charleston, Mills House is the only hotel on the city’s celebrated Museum Mile. After you tour the nearby attractions, including the Battery and Waterfront Park, unwind at the hotel’s famous restaurant, Barbadoes Room, or in the outdoor pool. And art lovers will not want to miss the hotel’s extensive antique treasures on display throughout the hotel. 960 1280

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The Elliott House Inn

The Elliott House Inn

If you want to feel at home in Charleston, stay at The Elliott House Inn. Built as a private residence in 1861, this charming inn keeps the homey feel, with cozy guestrooms, an inviting tropical courtyard and a friendly and helpful staff. The complimentary evening wine and cheese and large heated Jacuzzi might keep you from never venturing out of the hotel. 960 1280

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Market Pavilion Hotel

Market Pavilion Hotel

Located by the Charleston City Market, in the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown is the elegant Market Pavilion Hotel. Enjoy large rooms with old-world décor and modern amenities: 600 thread count linens and decadent bathrooms with Hermes toiletries. Plus, an upscale steakhouse and a rooftop bar with city views. 960 1280

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The Jasmine House Inn

The Jasmine House Inn

Housed in a beautifully restored mansion in the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown, The Jasmine House Inn boasts large rooms with 15-foot ceilings, as well as fireplaces (in select rooms), free Wi-Fi, breakfast and afternoon hors d’oeuvres, and a lovely, tranquil courtyard. 960 1280

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The Jasmine House Inn, Cont'd

The Jasmine House Inn, Cont'd

The beautiful front porch of The Jasmine House Inn. 960 1280

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Francis Marion Hotel

Francis Marion Hotel

Located in Charleston’s historic downtown, the Francis Marion Hotel is a grand, historic property dating back to 1924. The hotel amenities include a business center with numerous meeting rooms, an adequate spa and fitness center; rooms with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. 960 1280

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Indigo Inn

Indigo Inn

Located in Charleston’s historic downtown, Indigo Inn has quaint, quiet rooms with a cozy bed-and-breakfast décor. Other features include a lovely courtyard, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi in each room and a complimentary breakfast. 960 1280

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Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

Named the best kid-friendly hotel in Charleston by Oyster.com, the Hampton Inn in Charleston’s historic district has a nice outdoor pool, large indoor lobby with a fireplace, free breakfast with indoor and outdoor seating, and a small fitness center with treadmills and free weights. 960 1280

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Courtyard Charleston Waterfront

Courtyard Charleston Waterfront

Located by the Ashley Marina, Courtyard Charleston Waterfront boasts large, comfortable rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves, free parking, and a waterfront pool and Jacuzzi. 960 1280

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Tides Folly Beach

Tides Folly Beach

Just minutes from downtown Charleston, Tides Folly Beach is an excellent waterfront location on a white sand beach. It was also voted one of Oyster.com’s best kid-friendly hotels in Charleston. The rooms are clean and modern, with a cheery décor and beachy colors. The grounds include a seasonal outdoor heated pool with lounge chairs. All rooms are oceanfront with balconies. 960 1280

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Embassy Suites Charleston

Embassy Suites Charleston

Located in Charleston’s historic district, Embassy Suites Charleston’s rooms are all suites with separate living rooms. Amenities include wet bars, mini-fridges, microwaves, free breakfast, evening reception with snacks and drinks, and free internet. 960 1280

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston

At the DoubleTree, located in Charleston’s historic downtown, rooms have a stately feel with dark woods, turned-leg furnishings and billowy drapery; large flat-screen TVs and Wolfgang Puck coffeemakers and coffee. The basement fitness center has several machines and free weights. And the grand lobby showcases chandeliers, columns and arched windows. 960 1280

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