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Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is South Carolina’s oldest and second-largest city and was originally formed as Charles Town in 1607. The city is just south of the state coast line’s geographic midpoint on the Charleston Harbor, where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean. By 1690, Charles Town was the fifth-largest city in North America and remained among the top ten largest cities in the United States through to 1840. 

Here you will spend free time surrounded by rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants and mannerly people. Among the large number of accolades, Charleston has been called “America’s Most Friendly Cite” as well as “the most polite and hospitable city in America.”

View of a Home in Charleston

Admire the Beautiful Architecture

Picture of some homes on Broad Street

Take a Stroll on Broad Street

Picture of Charleston City Market

Shop for Souvenirs & Charleston-Made Wares

Picture of a church steeple

Explore Charleston

View of a house built in 1892

Inspiring Architecture in Charleston

Picture of Horse and Carriage outside of a Home

Immerse Yourself in History

Aerial View of Charleston

Aerial View of Charleston

View of a Home in Charleston Admire the Beautiful Architecture
Picture of some homes on Broad Street Take a Stroll on Broad Street
Picture of Charleston City Market Shop for Souvenirs & Charleston-Made Wares
Picture of a church steeple Explore Charleston
View of a house built in 1892 Inspiring Architecture in Charleston

Charleston City Market, Cultural Heart of the City

Located on Market Street is Charleston’s #1 most visited attraction, the Charleston City Market. This multi-faceted attraction is one of the nation’s oldest public markets and deemed the “Cultural Heart of the City”. Three open air structures comprise the Charleston City Market, which have stood strong through history for over two centuries. Throughout the year, locals and visitors gather to experience authentic time treasured customs and vibrant American history. Hundreds of entrepreneurs operating small businesses make up the bustling venue to create a fun and exciting shopping atmosphere that keep visitors and locals returning for rare 100% authentic Charleston made items from sweet grass baskets to bags of stone ground grits, and thousands more in-between. The Charleston City Market certainly has plenty to see, do, taste, and take home no matter the time of day or season you are visiting. 

The Historic Hot Spots Nearby

Just a short walking distance away is The Port of Charleston, plenty of excellent restaurants to try, and historic buildings from the 1800’s. Located right on Market Street is the United States Custom House, which was built in 1853. The current design of this building is a result of a design competition. The two-story cross shaped building features beautiful details such as Roman porticoes supported by Corinthian Columns on the west and east arms, and Corinthian engaged columns between the windows. With slight resemblance to the Boston Customhouse, this building is still a unique historic experience.

Charleston also holds a nickname for “The Holy City” for its historic churches and denominations. Only a few blocks south of Market Street is, still, the only French Anglican Church in North America, a magnificent 1845 Gothic Revival structure on Church Street. Many of the city’s steeples are genuine bell towers, so be sure to listen for them to ring!

Travel Tips

- Area is wheelchair accessible

- Photos are encouraged!

- Thousands of items to shop for perfect souvenirs

 

Picture of Horse and Carriage outside of a Home Immerse Yourself in History
Aerial View of Charleston Aerial View of Charleston