Found at the meeting point of three wide river mouths and the Atlantic Ocean, this port town is a highly popular destination for tourists. Here, one can enjoy not only the confluence of fresh water and salt water, but a mixture of rapidly expanding contemporary amenities and a deep-seated history. What’s more, its coastal climate features pleasantly mild winters, meaning the city’s distinctly Southern charm and beauty can be enjoyed essentially all year round.
See the city’s well-preserved past alongside it’s unique present-day offerings in the Charleston Old and Historic District. Stroll down the beloved Rainbow Row to see an exemplary collection of 18th and 19th century architecture. This particularly well-kempt street possesses the longest stretch of consecutive Georgian row houses in the country. The houses’ varied pastel palette—not to mention the street’s seasonal magnolias—makes the location the perfect spot for a photo op. Just around the corner, you’ll find ample opportunity to snap even more photos at the city’s Waterfront Park, which, in addition to its long line of picturesque palmetto trees, features views of the stunning Ravenel Bridge and storied Fort Sumter, among other well-known landmarks.
Head a couple blocks away from Rainbow Row, and you’ll find yourself right in the thick of things. One minute you can be perusing the wares of Historic Charleston City Market, which has been operating since all the way back in the 1790s, and next you can be among the cavorting crowds on King Street. This thoroughfare, the city’s main drag, features some of the finest antique shopping you’ll find anywhere. And when you need to refuel, you’ll find no shortage of options in the surrounding downtown area. From avant-garde contemporary fare to Lowcountry classics, speakeasy-style cocktail joints to old-school watering holes (many with raw bars to boot), this city’s resurgent restaurant scene has something to satisfy any palate.
You can take your journey outside of Charleston, too, to see all that the Lowcountry coast has to offer. Likewise, Savannah, Georgia, the warmly welcoming Hostess City of the South, is just a short drive away. But whether it’s the Holy City itself or these other nearby wonders that end up filling your itinerary, you can get to it all with ease by booking a flight into Charleston International Airport on Southwest Airlines. Explore affordable flight options today and book the one that gets you there on your schedule. In the meantime, as you plan your upcoming adventure, learn more about what makes the Southwest® Experience special.
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Things to do in Charleston.
- Gibbes Museum of Art
- Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
- South Carolina Aquarium
- Fort Sumter National Monument
- Historic Charleston City Market
- The Battery
- Francis Marion National Forest
- The Angel Oak Tree
- White Point Garden