A Charleston, South Carolina Overview
Welcome to the Holy City,and the historic southern charm of the Charleston peninsula. Our city captivates all who visit. Steeped in natural beauty, and American history, you will find plenty to explore in Charleston, South Carolina. So, read on for our Charleston overview, and suggestions for the best ways to enjoy our city.
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Welcome to Charleston South Carolina
Charleston is the oldest and largest South Carolina city. Historic church steeples define the skyline of downtown Charleston.
Tidal creeks and maritime forests blanket the sea islands. And, in 2017, Charleston was named the No. 1 city in the United States by Travel + Leisure and the No. 2 city in the world!
Beautiful year-round weather, unspoiled beaches, historic Charleston homes, exceptional cuisine and fresh local seafood, are just a few reasons people love Charleston.
From the gardens at Magnolia Plantation to the pastel, 18th-century homes of Rainbow Row, you’ll find surprises around every corner in this charming Southern city.
Things to Do & See in Charleston, SC
To appreciate the rich, cultural tapestry Charleston, South Carolina has to offer, you must explore Charleston’s history. The Holy City earned its nickname from the religious freedom early settlers sought and the numerous church spires that dominated the skyline for hundreds of years. If you are looking for a historic house of worship, here are just a few Charleston churches in the historic district.
One way to uncover our city's history is with a tour. A Horse-drawn carriage ride is the most popular guided tour for history buffs. All tour guides are licensed, trained and well versed in Charleston’s historical sites.
Try a boat tour and see the city from a unique perspective. Historic Charleston home tours are a special treat. These offer an intimate glimpse inside the private world of early Charlestonians.
Don’t forget to check out the Charleston City Market, Marion Square, the South Carolina Aquarium and the Charleston Museum during your visit.
These are just a few great ways to discover the city’s most significant landmarks. From the cobblestones beneath your feet to the gas lanterns lighting the path through brick-lined alleyways, remnants of the past are everywhere in Charleston.
Charleston, SC Dining
When you think of classic Charleston cuisine, what comes to mind? Is it buttery biscuits and homestyle gravy? How about locally-caught shrimp served over grits or a fried soft shell crab? Whatever you’re craving, Charleston has it.
With hot summers and mild winters, the Lowcountry enjoys a year-round growing season filled with colorful produce. Remember to dine locally.
Our Charleston Foodie Guide offers something for everyone. Brunch with friends at Butcher and Bee or enjoy a romantic dinner at Circa 1886.
Best Time to Visit Charleston
Charleston offers year-round recreational opportunities. Each season offers its own charms. So, it is always a great time to pack your bags for the Holy City! Charleston and the beaches enjoy sultry summers with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, and crisp winter days. Typically, we don’t dip below 50 degrees.
Because of the Lowcountry's favorable weather throughout the four seasons, many people are making Charleston their permanent home!
Spring is the best time to explore the vibrant gardens of Middleton Place.
Seabrook Island's tranquil beaches welcome visitors and second home residents in the summer.
Kiawah Island’s maritime forest offers welcome shade for a brisk bike ride on paved trails.
Fall offers outdoor music festivals and the best weather for strolling through downtown Charleston. Winters are mild and perfect for walking your pup or holiday shopping on historic King Street. Charleston is a town for all seasons!
Where to Live in Charleston, SC
Whether you are visiting for the first time, or already a resident, it's helpful to know about the different areas when you are purchasing a home in Charleston, South Carolina.
Real estate sales are at an all-time high, and it is important to be ready to commit when the right property becomes available.
Our Charleston Neighborhood Guide offers a great start.
It helps familiarize you with the different boroughs of the Charleston peninsula and popular walking neighborhoods downtown.
If you are interested in property on the Sea Islands, our real estate sales team at Pam Harrington Exclusives offers guided tours in the gated communities of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.
Whichever Charleston area you choose to call home, our Pam Harrington Exclusives real estate team is available to guide you through the process so you can join the 843-area code. Contact us with any questions you may have.
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If you are just planning a visit to our area, remember to download your free Sea Island Vacation Guide to find more great things to do in the Charleston area!