Charleston, SC, USA

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Charleston, SC, USA

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Charleston is southern hospitality's home sweet home

Set on the Atlantic Ocean by way of Charleston Harbor, Charleston is the oldest and biggest city in South Carolina and has the warmest reputation. Often cited as the ideal destination for vacationing families and couples in love, Charleston's historic buildings, tree-lined streets, and sweet breezes fragrant with jasmine make an ideal setting for a weekend romance or a relaxing getaway. A Charleston vacation rental can be your gateway to the best of southern hospitality, whether you're looking for great restaurants and museums, or outdoor excursions and family friendly fun.

Take a tour of the hot spots before cooling off on the water

The people of Charleston know how to show a visitor a good time, and even if you're not the guided-tour type, you'd do well to reconsider. Walking tours of the city offer everything from culinary delights in Charleston's best kitchens, to landmarks of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, to friendly ghost stories set in centuries-old cemeteries. If it feels too hot for a stroll, head to the city's harbor or beaches, rivers or lakes. Kayaking, jet skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, and parasailing are all available in the vicinity of your Charleston vacation rental.

More sights than you can shake your sweet tea at

Your biggest complaint as you step out from your Charleston vacation rental will be that there aren't enough hours in the day. Maybe you'll start at a historic home like the Calhoun Mansion, a 24,000-square-foot, 1876 Victorian named for a grandson of John C. Calhoun. Or maybe you'll want to hit one of the military sights, like Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, or The Battery, a historic defensive seawall and promenade. If kids are in tow, the South Carolina Aquarium is a can't-miss. Good luck and get going!

Sultry summers, spectacular springs, and awesome autumns

With mild winters and warm, subtropical summers, Charleston is inviting at any time of year. Sunny days are common, with brief thunderstorms in summer and occasional rainy days in winter that won't put too much of a cramp in your style. The weather is considered most beautiful in spring and fall, and with those seasons come visitors by the boatload, especially around the Easter holiday. If you feel like skipping the crowds and saving a few bucks, try finding a Charleston vacation rental in late fall or early winter.

A wondrous watery home for turtles, birds, and dolphins

Ashley River, Stono River, Wappoo Creek, and Schooner Creek are just a few of the bodies of water snaking in and around Charleston. Tour companies launch nature excursions into the marshes, creeks, and toward the barrier islands, so you can get a glimpse of dolphins, osprey, wading birds, and sea turtles. Your Charleston vacation rental might be smack in the center of town, but the city's remote corners offer an unspoiled natural landscape. Take a day trip to the uninhabited Morris Island, for example, and find shark teeth and prehistoric fossils in the sand.