Get to Know Charleston
With a temperate climate, the region sports year-round opportunities for outdoor activities like golf, tennis, boating and more. It’s no wonder the area has been named among the world’s top places to visit and live.
Charleston’s historic streets also offer a range of shopping delights, from art galleries, eclectic boutiques and antique shops, to bargaining with local artisans for sweet grass baskets and other treasures. King Street is the city’s famous shopping destination, offering everything from the most popular designers and national boutiques to locally owned shops offering a diverse mix of merchandise.
Across the rivers, many antebellum plantations give visitors a glimpse of southern colonial life. Attractions like Fort Sumter and the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley also are popular historic destinations.
Arts lovers also enjoy the Charleston Ballet, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and outstanding productions from several community theater groups. Each spring the entire city becomes a stage during the 16-day Spoleto Festival USA, an internationally-acclaimed arts festival that draws productions of theater, music, dance, opera and visual arts from around the world.
The city also has received recognition as a top travel destination in Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s, Outside Magazine, Travel Smart, Travelocity and many other media outlets, and Charlestonians have been named among the most mannerly and friendly in the country. And magazines like Fortune and Forbes have cited Charleston as a top place to live and work.