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Charleston

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Charleston

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Welcome to Charleston, SC

Wandering through the city's famous Historic District, you would swear it is a movie set. Dozens of church steeples punctuate the low skyline, and horse-drawn carriages pass centuries-old mansions and town houses, their stately salons offering a crystal-laden and parquet-floored version of Southern comfort. Outside, magnolia-filled gardens overflow with carefully tended heirloom plants. At first glance, the city resembles an 18th-century etching come to life—but look closer and you'll see that block after block of old structures have been restored. Happily, after three centuries of wars, epidemics, fires, and hurricanes, Charleston has prevailed and is now one of the South's best-preserved cities. Explore

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Two Forts, Two Wars

Ferry to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Then visit Fort Moultrie, site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle.

Two Forts, Two Wars

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Get Your Tickets as Early as December

Each summer, for 17 days, music, dance, poetry and film light up the stages, churches and streets of Charleston during the Spoleto Festival USA.

Get Your Tickets as Early as December

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Landscaped Artistry in Every Season

At Middleton Place, the oldest landscaped garden in the country, camellias bloom in winter, azaleas in spring. Tour the stately 1755 manor house.

Landscaped Artistry in Every Season

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Low Country Specialty

The city's seafood can't be missed. Dine on raw, fried and baked oysters - check out The Ordinary and Amen Street, in the heart of historic downtown.

Low Country Specialty

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Charleston on Foot

Walk the city. Start at White Point Gardens for harbor views. Admire the stately mansions on the Battery, then head up to bustling Broad Street.

Charleston on Foot

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