Top 5 Reasons to Visit Charleston

1. Historical Architecture

The Citadel

Charleston was founded in 1670 and escaped major damage during the Civil War, so it is an historical town that has survived. Anyone who loves historic buildings is in for a treat. Make sure to visit Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began and wonder around the French Quarter and watch the full military parade every Friday at The Citadel.

2. Carriage Rides

Charleston offers some magical ways to step back into history. There's no better way to see the sites than booking a daily horse and carriage ride that departs from Market Square.

3. Beaches

Charleston - Folly Beach

The coastline around Charleston is beautiful, with scenic beaches just a short drive from the city. Folly Beach is a great place to spot leatherback turtles and dolphins, while Kiawah Island is one of the Americas greatest golfing destinations.

4. Festivals

The people of Charleston love good celebrations. There's the Spoleto classical music and culture festival 9 every June, the Low country Oyster Festival in January and the MOJA Festival of African-American culture every September.

5. Seafood

Charleston is one of the South's greatest seafood centers. One can dine on fresh shellfish at the Oyster House in the French Quarter or try sushi at the Islander or a local favorite Hymens where great seafood has been on the menu for over 120 years.