Charleston is a waterfront city which successfully combines colonial history, antebellum architecture and wonderful food. It is popular with American tourists as well as overseas visitors due to its unique history and beautiful location.
One of the best ways to discover the Charleston area is by taking a walking tour with a local guide. Learn the history of the first permanent settlement in South Carolina and tour the many historic buildings and churches. In the summer heat you may prefer to take a horsedrawn carriage ride around the sights, finishing at the waterfront park. Shopping for local souvenirs at the Old Slave Market will include seeing woven sweetgrass baskets. Charleston’s cuisine is legendary and sampling the local oysters and she-crab soup is a treat, although the soup can be very rich. Scenic drives, bicycle rides and tours along the scenic byways will reveal many plantation homes which are now open for tours. Boat trips can be taken to Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired or visitors can head out to the nearby beaches to relax, fish or swim.
Highlights and points of interest to visit from your Charleston holiday home should include the colourful row of Georgian townhouses nicknamed Rainbow Row for their pastel painted facades. The Charles Towne Landing State Historic Park offers plenty to see and do including the Legare-Waring House and a historic 17th century trading ship to explore. The Powder Magazine is the oldest building in Charleston and now houses a small museum. Its three-foot walls have helped it survive hurricanes, war and the 1886 earthquake. Further afield is Drayton Hall, the oldest plantation home open to the public, and Magnolia Rice Plantation with its Audubon Swamp Garden filled with wildlife which can be viewed from the raised boardwalk.
Holiday rentals in the Charleston area have a humid subtropical climate with warm sunny summers and chilly winters. The summer months have average highs of 31°C (88°F) and the winter months have highs of around 14°C (57°F) with freezing temperatures very rarely occurring due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Rainfall is heaviest from May to August with moderate showers in the winter.
Holiday apartments in the Charleston area of South Carolina are served by Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT) airport which is located 14 miles northwest of the city. This major US Airways hub has daily flights to most US cities and further afield with Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Lufthansa and United Airlines. A CATS Sprinter Enhanced Bus Service connects the airport with downtown Charlotte for visitors not requiring a hire car.