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Things to do in Charleston

Garden
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One of the country's oldest plantations, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens dates back to 1676, when locals Thomas and Ann Drayton built a house a
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Ghost & Vampire Tours , Charleston
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Follow in the footsteps of Charleston's most infamous characters and uncover the decadency that lies beneath the city's polished surface on a
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour
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Embark on a journey back in time by taking a narrated tour through the heart of old Charleston on a horse-drawn carriage. The slow ride allow
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Duration: 1 hour
Travel by horse-drawn carriage along the picturesque streets of Charleston and take in the history of this South Carolina city. See highlights such as historically significant homes, churches and gardens while listening to informative commentary about the city’s role in our nation's history from your certified guide. Enjoy the relaxed pace of a carriage tour as you soak up the southern charm of Charleston.  
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Flea Market
Charleston City Market , Charleston
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Established in the 1790s, Charleston City Market is one of the country's oldest public markets and hosts more than 300 entrepreneurs. Begin y
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Bridge
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Spanning 471 m (1,546 ft) over Charleston's Cooper River, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge stands as one of the world's longest cable-stayed bridges
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Charleston

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Gardens · Historic Sites · Nightlife
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago. The romantic city seems frozen in another, earlier, simpler time--the town went through the Civil War with little property damage, so its historic section boasts buildings that are centuries old. A trip to Charleston is definitely a journey back in time, with plenty of chances to admire antebellum architecture and savor the local cuisine. In the high season, you'll jostle with thousands of visitors pleasantly dazed by the scent of gardenia, jasmine, and honeysuckle. During the mild winter, you'll find thinner crowds and more room to enjoy a relaxing vacation in Charleston. Take stress off the schedule by using our United States trip planner.

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Where to stay in Charleston

Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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