Destination guide

Sweet Carolina—good times have never been so good

Founded in 1670, the charming cobbled streets and historic attractions of Charleston draw a loyal crowd each year. Get your South Carolina adventure off to the best start by booking a centrally located Charleston vacation rental and have all the city's main attractions on your doorstep. Don all your finery and take a walking tour of the historic houses; Drayton Hall, Nathaniel Russell House, and the Magnolia Plantation. Or pick up some goodies in Charleston City Market for a picnic by the famous pineapple statue in The Battery park and lookout.

Things to do

Through the keyhole—a peek into Charleston's historic homes

You can't come to Charleston and not take a peek into one of its historic houses. From your Charleston vacation rental, venture into Downtown for a tour of the neoclassical Nathaniel Russell House and get a little insight into the lives of the Charleston elite. Owned by a rich 19th-century merchant trader, its stunning interiors will certainly inspire your own decorative tastes. Or head towards Ashley River and visit the magnificent 17th-century Magnolia Plantation. It has a small zoo, a nature center, and is home to the oldest, and many say most beautiful, public gardens in America.


Welcome to Chucktown, South Carolina

As the state's oldest city, Charleston is one of South Carolina's most popular vacation destinations. Famous for its charming cobblestone streets, historic houses, and well-preserved architecture, it attracts everyone from gastronomes to history buffs. In the summer, Charleston hosts a calendar of fairs, music concerts, and festivals. Mug up on your historical architecture with take a walking tour of Downtown, enjoy a picnic on the waterfront, and after dark, feast on the city's fine dining scene. You're gonna need a longer break!


Do the Charleston, come rain or shine

Charleston, and this craggy stretch of the South Carolina coast, benefits from a subtropical climate. Think long, warm summers and blissfully short, mild winters. Spring is a popular time to visit, when the flowers come into bloom, although Charleston vacation rentals can get booked up in advance. Summer sees the best of the weather, and this brings the crowds. In fall, the sun still shines but evenings are cooler, although it's still an attractive time to visit. Winters are short but sweet, with a dash of rain.

Natural features

I see a little Palmetto of a man, scaramouche!

Perched on the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, Charleston is a charming and historic town in South Carolina. There are plenty of scenic waterfront walks around the peninsula, especially around Battery Park at the southern tip. But for hardier hikes, head out to the Francis Marion National Forest, and the beautiful Palmetto Trail. Running 7 miles through the Awendaw Passage, the route takes in maritime forests lined with palmetto trees and pine, and is a haven for the shorebirds who reside in the salt marshes.

How to get there

How to get to and around Charleston

Fly into Charleston, SC (CHS-Charleston Intl.), the closest airport, located 9.4 mi (15.1 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Charleston?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,753 vacation rentals near Charleston. From 2,028 Houses to 799 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Charleston for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Charleston?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Charleston:

  • Downtown Charleston: 649 vacation rentals
  • Historic Old City: 637 vacation rentals
  • West Ashley: 808 vacation rentals
  • French Quarter: 635 vacation rentals
  • Cannonborough Elliotborough: 437 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Charleston?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Charleston. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Charleston City Market: 4,062 vacation rentals
  • South Carolina Aquarium: 3,984 vacation rentals
  • College of Charleston: 4,062 vacation rentals
  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: 3,101 vacation rentals
  • Battery Number 5 Marker: 4,373 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Charleston listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Charleston?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,028 Houses in Charleston. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Charleston include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 799 rentals available
  • Cottages: 196 rentals available
  • Villas: 482 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Charleston?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,521 vacation rentals with pool available in Charleston. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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