With such an ever-changing background, Charleston is full of different cultures that help give people a one of a kind experience they’ll never forget. All throughout the city different cultures and stories come to life in various forms of buildings or markets or restaurants. The historic Downtown Charleston district is considered a living museum, as people can explore at their own pace. Downtown is home to the historic Charleston City Market, which has a lot to offer for shoppers and curious out of town window shoppers. Visitors will find homemade jewelry, crafts and food to experience.
For more shopping fun, visitors can head towards King Street, where they will find the most diverse shopping experience in town. The downtown peninsula is also well known for its arts, music and local cuisine. Charleston also happens to be home of the Spoleto Festival, one of the world’s major preforming arts festivals. Not to be outdone by the music scene, the live theater community in Charleston simply cannot be beat! Home to the first American Theater it is still a thriving industry to this day, being named one of the Top 10 cities for theater in the country in 2010.
“Visiting the Charleston area is a unique experience for many reasons. From the nationally recognized restaurant scene and exquisitely preserved historic district to the surrounding miles of pristine beaches and barrier island resorts, the Charleston area offers a rare combination of sophistication, living history, natural beauty and world class hospitality,” says Frank Fredericks, Managing Director of Wild Dunes Resort and Chair of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitor Bureau Board of Governors. Indeed, Charleston is ideal for tourists. Not only have tourists picked Charleston as their ideal vacation spot, the city also boasts nationally renowned hotels for tourists to enjoy.
Three of the city’s resorts were recognized in the Top 20 Resorts in the South list. Visitors and residents alike can all take advantage of the magnificent shoreline that runs along the Atlantic Ocean, with each beach offering a different experience. Perhaps the most well-known beach is Folly Beach, which is often referred to as “The Edge of America” and sees over 100,000 visitors a year. With a fishing pier and waves perfect for surfing, this beach is sure to please everyone. For a more family friendly experience, the Island of Palms is a perfect vacationing spot for tourists. With volley ball courts, picnic areas and even a children’s play area, this is ideal for vacationers! Sullivan’s Island is calm and peaceful beach and least commercialized of the three. With limited hotels and being off the beaten path, Sullivan’s Island is for individuals who want to enjoy a nice, quiet day at the beach.
Of course, you can’t mention Charleston without talking about the Historic District and the French Quarter. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and filled with cobblestone streets, gas lamp lights and buildings dating back to the beginning of the city, learning the history of Charleston has never been more exciting. The French Quarter, which received its name from the high concentration of French merchants throughout the city’s history, is famous for its many art galleries, being home to hundreds of works of art by various local and national artists. It’s also home to many restaurants, shops and the Waterfront Market. The Quarter has a lot to offer for tourists wanting to see historical buildings. It is actually located within the original city walls which date back to the colonial era, giving visitors the chance to really explore history.