Charleston, SC, Guide and Information
Discovery Charleston SC.
Even those in Charleston only for 48 hours are sure to hear the story of a wealthy old Charlestonian woman who was once asked why she so seldom traveled. Puzzled, she replied, “My dear, why should I travel when I'm already here?” After two days in Charleston, it’s easy to see why she wouldn’t want to leave.
Few places on earth can rival Charleston's blend of grace, beauty, history, and tradition. Charleston has this way of charming visitors so that they never want to leave.
Charleston offers an amazingly diverse range of choices in the Arts. For 17 days and nights each spring, The Spoleto Festival fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists and emerging performers in opera, theater and dance, as well as chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Now approaching its 41st season, Spoleto is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.
Running concurrently, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival showcases artists from the Southeast USA in an exhilarating collection of events and performances including visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film.
Come to Charleston ready to play! World Class golf is surrounds you. The natural beauty of the Lowcountry is incorporated in course design, resulting in stunningly beautiful holes and challenging play. Nowhere is this more evident than the courses at Kiawah Island. The crown jewel at Kiawah, The Ocean Course, was the site of the 2012 PGA Championship, and one of the most memorable Ryder Cups in history, the 1991 “War by the Shore.”
Charleston is a hotbed of American history with varied eras easy to explore over a few days (or a week). From the founding of the Carolinas to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and WWII, as well as African-American culture, Charleston has played in integral role in this country’s history. Thus, a visit to the Holy City wouldn’t be complete without exploring the places that are part of the fabric of America.
To start at the beginning, head out to Charles Town Landing State Historic Site across the Ashley River from downtown to see the spot where a small group of English settlers landed in 1670 to begin the establishment of the Carolina colony. Now part of the impressive South Carolina State Parks system, South Carolina colonial history comes alive in the visitor center and exhibit hall, self-guided history tour, and on the Adventure, a replica of the seventeenth-century trading ship used by the first settlers.