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Charleston Introduction


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Fierce local pride is a Charleston institution. It has helped sustain the city for more than 300 tumultuous years—from colonial times, through the Revolutionary and Civil wars, to the present. Pride has also sustained thousands of historic Charleston buildings—a big reason that travelers visit today. Be sure to take a stroll down East Bay Street (especially the section known as Rainbow Row) to admire the pastel houses bedecked with their breeze-cooled piazzas.   Click here to see the full Charleston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charleston Geography


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Charleston is on a peninsula bordered by two rivers, the Ashley and the Cooper, which provide a natural, watery barrier that has pushed growth and development toward the north. For instance, King Street, the city's main shopping strip, is now bustling not only on its lower end (long famous for high-quality antiques) but also on its upper end (known for home furnishings and cafes that appeal to the younger set).   Click here to see the full Charleston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charleston History


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In 1670, a group of English colonists traveled up the Ashley River and settled Charles Towne, named in honor of King Charles II of England. Ten years later, the colony relocated across the river to a more desirable site—the peninsula. By 1690, the city had become the fifth-largest in North America—a market town with busy wharves and a harbor full of sailing ships. But it was the area's tremendously successful rice-cultivation industry that made it rich. The Lowcountry rice plantations proved so profitable that their owners filled the city and countryside with elegant mansions.   Click here to see the full Charleston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charleston Sightseeing & Things to Do


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In 1931, Charleston became the first city in the U.S. to establish a historic district to preserve its architectural heritage. It was obviously a good place to start: Of the 2,000 or so buildings in the district, 73 predate the Revolutionary War and 736 were constructed in the late 1700s and early 1800s.  Click here to see the full Charleston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charleston Nightlife


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Although Charleston isn't well-lit at night, it's full of activity. Charleston is home to several colleges and a growing population of young professionals, so on any given night there are several animated spots with live bands. You can find everything from laid-back dessert bars with acoustic guitar performances to nightclubs and salsa spots.   Click here to see the full Charleston travel guide on Travel42 »

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Charleston Restaurants & Dining


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Charleston's dining scene has undergone a major renaissance. The number and diversity of top-quality restaurants has blossomed and, as a result, an annual celebration of the culinary arts called Wine + Food has been added to the city's event calendar (in early March).  Click here to see the full Charleston travel guide on Travel42 »

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