This historic city was founded in 1670 as Charles Town – moved to its present day location in 1680 and changed its name to its current spelling in 1783. Boasts a modern airport that is manageable in size – not intimating to travelers. The airport is located about a 30 minute drive away from the historic French Quarter – visitors can either take taxis, ride sharing services or use one of the often slow buses (takes up to an hour).
The historic district and French Quarter feature numerous historical buildings including a number of impressive churches. Best to abandon the vehicle if you have one and walk the streets – taking time to browse the shops along King and Meeting Streets (two prominent and highly visited streets in town). Or take a historical ride back in time on one of the horse drawn carriages with your guide providing tidbits of historical knowledge that will enrich your time in town.
Charleston is also known for its food scene – it can be overwhelming at times – there are so many restaurants in this part of town! Two we personally tried and can recommend are Eli’s Table (sit outside if the weather permits) and Gaulart & Maliclet Fast and French, a cozy and relaxed place serving up excellent food – sit at the bar for an optimal communal dining experience.
For a high end elegant stay in the French Quarter – also within walking distance of many attractions opt for the 5-star Belmond Charleston Place.
Other highlights include the South Carolina Aquarium and the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. And the city has often received recognition for the locals being among the most polite and friendly people in the country.
For more information and to plan your visit, check out: www.charlestoncvb.com