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83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
One of Charleston's most charming features, and there are many, is its beautiful architecture. Nowhere is that more on display than on the famous Rainbow Row, a series of colorfully painted historic homes on East Bay Street. Every square inch of...
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
The Charleston Museum—America's very first museum, founded in 1773—is a cornerstone of the city's Museum Mile, a section of Meeting Street that boasts six museums, five historic homes, four parks, as well as important churches and...
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112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Peninsula Grill is located in the Planters Inn, right on often-boisterous Market Street, but the restaurant couldn't be more peaceful with seating on a green and lovely cobbled courtyard or inside a hushed formal dining room. Enjoy the fresh fish,...
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Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Waterfront Park runs a picturesque half-mile along the Cooper River, from an exuberant fountain at its north end (near the cruise ship terminal), to North Adgers Wharf at its southern border. There is much to recommend a stop in this small...
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224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Charleston Grill’s dining room is elegant, wood-paneled and quiet; the menu has a range of options to suit any palate, divided into four sections like “Lush” and “Cosmopolitan;” and there’s live jazz every...
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188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
After you’ve drawn up your shopping list, head to the Charleston City Market (pictured), one of the nation’s oldest public markets. The sprawling four-block retail venue, which dates to 1804, is home to more than 300 vendors as well as...
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Hampton Park, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Located in the northern part of the city, Hampton Park is by far the biggest green space on the peninsula. It contains beautiful oak trees, a fitness trail, and lush flowers (including one of the city's best collection of roses).
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329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
For many Charlestonians and tourists, every Saturday is spent in Marion Square at the farmers’ market. Students nursing hangovers wait in line for a crepe at Charleston Crepe Company while farmers from John's and Edisto islands sell their fresh...
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191 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This family business has been in operation since 1922. They sell 18th- and 19th-century antiques ranging from silver tea sets to intricate grandfather clocks, and also offer reproduction furniture made by UK-based cabinetmakers.
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Charleston, SC, USA
Johns Island is home to the Angel Oak, a live oak tree that may date back as far as 1,500 years. Its enormous limbs branch out nearly 200 feet in all directions, creating a canopy that is absolutely awe-inspiring. The free park includes restrooms...
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340 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Fort Sumter is located in Charleston Harbor...like in the middle of Charleston Harbor, so you have to take a ferry out to it. It's best known as the spot where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired at the Battle of Fort Sumter on...
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476 1/2 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, a mail-order business selling from-scratch biscuits, opened up this counter-service restaurant in 2014. Naturally, biscuits make up a big portion of the menu, with sweet and savory options available...
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4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
Middleton Place is a former plantation turned museum and landmark. Visitors can tour the main house and gawk at antiques, or visit the outbuildings and learn about the lives and culture of the former plantation's enslaved men and women. The...
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90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Carolina was a colony that welcomed religious diversity, and so there are all kinds of religious denominations with historic buildings in Charleston. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim's congregation was formed in 1749 and has occupied this Greek Revival...
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136 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This beautiful Gothic Revival building hosts the United States' only independent Huguenot congregation. Try to get inside the sanctuary to see the elegant nave.
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6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Everyone seems to be talking about Chez Nous and, frankly, it’s easy to see why. A meal here feels like dining at your most fashionable friend’s place. The restaurant is tucked away from the main drag in a beautiful Charleston single...
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101 E Arctic Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA
A short drive from Charleston, islands hug the coastline and offer a lovely selection of beaches, each with its own personality. Folly Beach has a laid-back atmosphere and outdoor activities ranging from bird-watching to kite boarding and fishing...
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Charleston, SC, USA
We spent a day in May wandering the fragrant Antebellum streets of Charleston, SC... At first, we were puzzled by the omnipresence of, wait--is that the scent of root beer? Of all things, that's what our noses first told us--and then we realized...
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70 Cunnington Ave, Charleston, SC 29405, USA
Travelers visiting Charleston typically stick to the downtown area, but if you're interested in Civil War history, head up to "the Neck," the area between downtown and North Charleston, to Magnolia Cemetery. The marshside cemetery is where the...
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207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Top of the list for Charleston eats is The Hominy Grill. Hungry patrons can start off the 30+ minute wait for a table with a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or other signature drinks from the Bar/ToGo window in the front courtyard. I recommend also ordering...
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157 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Burbage's opened on Broad Street in 1961 and was a family-owned business: run first by father, then by son. Their pimento cheese and barbecue sandwiches have been local mainstays for generations. When son Al Burbage decided to retire, the...
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2 Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
White Point Garden is located on Charleston's Battery, and it's surrounded by beautiful grand mansions. There are sweeping views of Charleston Harbor, and ample trees to hang a packable hammock and relax for awhile. The historic park is a good...
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51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This beautiful Neoclassical house, built in 1809, is maybe the best historic home open for tours in a city dripping with history. The interior (note the gorgeous elliptical staircase) and lush gardens are open to visitors, including for occasional...
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205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The Thoroughbred Club is in the lobby of Charleston Place hotel, right in the middle of downtown Charleston. They serve up classic cocktails (try their gussied-up negroni) and also have a great tea service, with live music every afternoon and...
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232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
When most people think southern food, vegetables aren't the first thing that comes to mind. But the vegetable-heavy menu at FIG is one of the best in town and the first place I recommend to visitors. This place was great when it opened in 2003 and...
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511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
With its pressed tin ceilings, exposed brick walls, and extensive cocktail menu, The Belmont could easily be mistaken for a bar in Brooklyn. But the laid-back vibe is pure Lowcountry. The Belmont is one of Charleston's first craft cocktail bars,...
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112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
In Charleston, historic preservation is a way of life, and Planters Inn lives up to that reputation. The 1844 building, originally built as a dry good store and warehouse and converted to a hotel in the 1980s, was restored in 2008 and furnished...
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698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Opened in the Spring of 2014, this local Charleston spot is one of this town's hottest tickets. Leon's has a cozy warm atmosphere, amazing local and regional oysters, and homey classic Southern standards. Owner Brooks Reitz is the guy - tell him...
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229 St Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
In the South, it's quite easy to eat bacon at every meal—it shows up in everything from the Bloody Marys to the brussels sprouts. After several days in Charleston, however, you might need a break from all that meat. Thankfully, the crew...
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479 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Charleston, South Carolina ranks in my book as one of America's top food cities. I recently stopped by The Macintosh to try their much-raved about brunch. Chef Jeremiah Bacon (yes, real last name) turns out heart-stopping dishes like rabbit hash,...
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544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
The Ordinary has a two-story dining room with an always-packed raw bar where Chef Mike Lata serves some of the South’s best seafood.

MUST-TRY DISHES: Smoked oysters with saltines and hot sauce; razor clams with apples, jalapeño, and...
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224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
XBB, as locals call it, occupies a remodeled and brightly furnished former gas station in the Elliotborough neighborhood. Catering to its surfer clientele with Nicaraguan beer, the spot also offers a constantly changing menu of authentic Asian...
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76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
At this Charleston hit, James Beard Award–winning chef Sean Brock reinterprets traditional Southern dishes with a steadfast commitment to local and regional ingredients—the restaurant even has its own garden. Constantly changing, the...
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251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
If you head to Charleston looking for fried chicken, collard greens, and banana pudding, Jestine's Kitchen is a good place to get it. This isn't nouveau fancy southern food--no gourmet touches, just the classics done right.
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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
It's hard to believe that this spot is just beyond the tourist epicenter of the City Market: unpretentious and elegant, it's been serving up fresh sandwiches, oversized salads, and great fried green tomatoes since 2002.
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142 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
St. Philip's Church, home of Charleston's oldest congregation, is a beautiful stuccoed brick building with memorable porticoes and an elegant spire. The graveyard is full of Charleston history, including the tomb of Carolina politician John C....
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133 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Queen Street Grocery is a quintessentially Charleston spot, set in a residential neighborhood and open since 1922. It has served as the surrounding neighborhood's corner grocery store for decades, but in recent years it's acted as a café as...
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66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424, USA
With its Spanish moss-draped oak trees and beautiful stucco buildings, the College of Charleston's campus is long on atmosphere and makes a great place for a stroll.  Randolph Hall, a magnificent edifice built in 1828 and one of the six...