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Charleston South Carolina is a town that is easy to fall in love with and impossible to forget. Charleston SC has something for everyone; deep water charters, great shopping, exceptional dining to name just a few. Some of the best seafood is caught and served fresh in Low Country restaurants. Historic downtown retains an old world image of horse-drawn carriages, decorative piazzas, elegant mansions and 18th century churches.

People from all over the world come to Charleston SC to see her architectural beauty, ornate gardens, historic plantations and forts, and to experience Southern hospitality and charm at its best.


A delightful blend of coastal living and historic charm, Charleston South Carolina was lauded as "America's Friendliest City" in the 2008 America's Favorite Cities survey conducted by and CNN Headline News.

Southern Living magazine’s January edition features its 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards, in which several honors go to the Charleston SC area. In competition with other southern destinations, readers of the widely popular magazine once again named Charleston their Favorite Southern City. Honors also included top tier billing for Best Weekend Getaway, Best Family Destination and Best Festivals, among others. Resource: Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Board

For the sixteenth consecutive year, readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine honored Charleston as a Top 10 travel destination in the U.S. Charleston was honored with a No. 2 slot - topped only by San Francisco. Last year, Charleston SC ranked No. 3 in the poll behind San Francisco and New York City. This year, New York takes the No. 3 slot, right behind the Holy City.

The exquisite wrought iron work of Mr. Philip Simmons now the most celebrated of Charleston ironworkers can be seen on fences, iron gates, window grills for all to admire. He has fashioned more that five hundred decorative ornamental pieces; it is said that The City of Charleston from end to end is truly decorated by his hand.

In 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him its National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor that the United States can bestow on a traditional artist.


The climate in Charleston South Carolina is enjoyable year round. Spring comes early with azaleas and dogwoods in bloom everywhere you go. An estimated 250,000 visitors come to nearby Summerville annually for the Flowertown Festival.

Summer is a time to enjoy the many beaches and golf courses. Temperatures are rarely over 100° and there are many recreational activities to enjoy such as canoeing, kayaking, crabbing, sail boating, deep-sea fishing and the local water parks.

Autumn is refreshing with cool breezes, mild temperatures and brilliant blue skies. Winters are brief with average January highs at 58° and lows at 38°. Snowfall is extremely rare.

Festivals / Events

There are many annual events to experience year round.

Winter brings the Low Country Oyster Festival and in February the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is an enjoyable event for the entire family. There is no better way to enjoy Charleston’s magnificent spring than to attend the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, featuring some of Charleston's finest historic estates. For seventeen days in May and June, Charleston SC hosts the world’s most comprehensive celebration of the arts, Spoleto Festival USA, and its companion festival, Piccolo Spoleto. Fall highlights include the Candlelight Tour of Houses and Gardens, the African-American and Caribbean MOJA Arts Festival, and Worldfest-Charleston International Film Festival. Celebrate a southern Christmas in Charleston with the Holiday Festival of Lights, the Annual Christmas Parade of Boats, and many other holiday activities and festivals.

Once you experience the charm and southern hospitality Charleston South Carolina has to offer you will fall in love with her and find her impossible to forget.

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