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Visiting Charleston

Charleston is the belle of Southern cities: graceful, elegant, and weak-in-the-knees beautiful. On a walk along the Battery, all it takes is a bowl of she-crab soup and the scent of wisteria to understand why Charleston consistently ranks on the list of most-visited American cities—and why its residents project a certain snobbishness for which you just can’t blame them.

There’s even a restaurant called S.N.O.B., or Slightly North of Broad, and the rest of Charleston’s restaurants are less blatant but just as good. Try Magnolia’s for the epitome of low-country cuisine.

Hotels in Charleston are another thing making locals proud. Bed-and-breakfasts are an especially popular choice with IgoUgo travelers, as is the ... Read More
Charleston is the belle of Southern cities: graceful, elegant, and weak-in-the-knees beautiful. On a walk along the Battery, all it takes is a bowl of she-crab soup and the scent of wisteria to understand why Charleston consistently ranks on the list of most-visited American cities—and why its residents project a certain snobbishness for which you just can’t blame them.

There’s even a restaurant called S.N.O.B., or Slightly North of Broad, and the rest of Charleston’s restaurants are less blatant but just as good. Try Magnolia’s for the epitome of low-country cuisine.

Hotels in Charleston are another thing making locals proud. Bed-and-breakfasts are an especially popular choice with IgoUgo travelers, as is the Mills House Hotel. No matter where you eat or stay, though, there are plenty of great things to do in Charleston. In the mood for an outdoor tour? The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens are on the National Register of Historic Places and still amaze with their natural beauty today. And the South Carolina Aquarium is a great option, whether you’re traveling with curious kids or not.

For more ideas about what to do while visiting the oldest city in South Carolina, check out these great photos by IgoUgo travelers. Then practice looking just the tiniest bit full of yourself, find a flight, and go.    Close

Stories and Tips Charleston

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I Can't Drive I-95 (AKA, Driving Down Interstate 95)

Written by Carmen on 18 Nov, 2008

I don’t know what wild bug possessed us to decide to drive from Virginia to South Carolina, rather than flying, but seven hours in a car makes me a bit bonkers. So, to entertain myself, I began taking note of the exits and sights along…Read More


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Mepkin Abbey

Written by vampirefan on 02 Jan, 2008

If it were not for Sylvia Higginbotham’s guide to mansions, I would have most likely never found this place. But when pursing the guide I ran across information on the abbey. Mepkin Abbey first started life as a rice plantation in 1681. The three thousand…Read More


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The Heyward-Washington House.

Written by vampirefan on 02 Jan, 2008

This grand Georgian style home was built in 1772 by Daniel Heyward as a wedding present for his son, Thomas. Thomas was a wealthy lawyer who had been called to the English Bar in 1770 and the Carolina Bar the following year. He was a…Read More


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The Joseph Manigault House

Written by vampirefan on 02 Jan, 2008

Joseph Manigault came from a long line of very successful merchant French Huguenots who fled Europe escaping religious persecution. In 1778 he and his brother, Gabriel inherited their grandfather’s (Gabriel Manigault) massive estate that included 40,000 acres and 500 slaves. The brothers were educated in…Read More


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Middleton Place

Written by vampirefan on 02 Jan, 2008

Middleton Place was acquired by Henry Middleton in 1741. Henry was the President of the First Continental Congress and the home saw 4 generations of Middleton family members. There was also Arthur whose name appears on the Deceleration of Independence. There was another Henry who…Read More


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Lucious Malfoy’s Charleston

Written by vampirefan on 02 Jan, 2008

In 2000 the incredible movie The Patriot staring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, and Jason Isaacs was filmed all over SC including a large part of Charleston. Since Mel has recently fallen out of favor with the public, I decided to name this after…Read More


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Come Meet the Neighbors. Pt. 2

Written by vampirefan on 07 Dec, 2007

Moncks Corner Moncks Corner may be small with only about 6000 residents, but visitors to this quaint town will find all the comforts of a bigger city. Monks Corner is about 30 minutes from Charleston. Again there is plenty of lodging and dining to…Read More


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Come Meet the Neighbors. Pt. 1

Written by vampirefan on 07 Dec, 2007

Let’s just face it, finding affordable lodging in the Charleston area can be a very daunting task. You may very well pay a king’s ransom for the privilege of staying in this gracious southern town. And the better the view the harder the hit to…Read More


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Cypress Gardens

Written by vampirefan on 07 Dec, 2007

About 30 minutes outside of Charleston sits the incredible Cypress Gardens. It is a wonderful place to bring the family and spend the day. Even in colder months after the beauty of the blooms have left, you will find some pretty amazing things here. Cypress…Read More


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The SC Aquarium

Written by vampirefan on 07 Dec, 2007

On the day we left Charleston it was gray skies, cold and windy…the perfect day to be indoors enjoying the underwater world of the SC Aquarium. Since May of 2000, millions of people have visited the 90,000 square foot aquarium making it the number one…Read More


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