Charleston area: Known as the 'Holy City', for its long tolerance for religions of all types, Charleston is the state's most beautiful and historic treasure. Charleston has had a starring role in South Carolina history since its founding more than 300 years ago. The English established the first permanent European settlement on the Ashley River in 1670. The port city has suffered great fires, earthquakes, pirates, a civil war and a hurricane, and weathered them all with grace and dignity. So genteel and gracious, it's no wonder Charleston, South Carolina has consistently ranked among the country's most elegant and mannerly cities. The city's historic district today has barely changed, boasting 73 pre-Revolutionary buildings, 136 late 18th Century structures and over 600 others built in the 1840s. Visitors can tour the city by foot or horse-drawn carriage.
Charleston Chamber of Commerce
Charleston Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Historic Charleston Foundation
Things to do and see and do in Charleston
Charleston Area Beaches
Charleston Harbor Tours
Boone Hall Plantation