Charleston, South Carolina, is a city that has been able to retain its Southern charm throughout the modernization of the world around it. The city has many vacation rental options but one of the most popular is the private home rental. There are options in the downtown area that have amazing views of the city and balconies or decks to spend time outdoors. Many of the rentals have an interesting history while being renovated with the best of modern conveniences.
Charleston has much history and many buildings and structures throughout the city have been around since before the Civil War. Charleston is called the "Holy City" due to the amount of historical churches, many of which have beautiful architectural features that are hard to find elsewhere. When visiting the historic district of the city, you can take a horse-drawn carriage and see all the beautiful homes and structures that have been standing for hundreds of years. Walking among the homes takes you back to a simpler time and allows you to imagine how life was before modern technology took over. There are a variety of downtown rental properties that will allow you to spend much of your time among the historic sites.
Anyone interested in history would love a tour of Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Taking a tour of the fort allows visitors to have a trip around the harbor on a boat, where you may get to see a school of dolphins, and tour the entire island and fort and learn some history about the events leading up to the Civil War. You can also view Battery Park, Fort Moultrie and the Arthur Ravenel Sr. Bridge, one of the symbols of modern-day Charleston. Visitors can view the USS Yorktown and learn history about the ship's role in WWII.
This aquarium is a site to see, both inside and out. The aquarium itself is a beautiful piece of architecture, but the exhibits inside will likely get the whole family excited about sea life. Those who are especially interested in sea turtles can visit the turtle hospital with daily tours at noon and 2:00 pm. There are a variety of exhibits of animals unique to the area like the American Alligator and the Southern Flounder. You can also see different sharks, seahorses and many different types of exotic fish. Children will love the exhibit where they can touch things like sharks and rays. You also have the opportunity to see the majestic bald eagle.
The city market is a huge covered market that has over four blocks of vendors selling everything from gourmet food to souvenirs. Locals and tourists alike can spend hours perusing the market. With the variety of wares offered, it's like a treasure hunt and there is something for nearly everyone. Kids will enjoy the toys and sweet shops, while the adults find things like gourmet snacks, handmade baskets and unique clothing. Many handmade products are found in the market and it truly is a place unique to the area. The market is open 365 days a year and has various seasonal events.
The Charleston weather is mild year round. Summers can be hot and quite humid, especially to those who aren't used to Southern heat. Spring and fall offer much more comfortable weather for those who are heat-sensitive. Winter is a nice time to visit if you like the off-season as many people visit in the late spring, early fall and summer months. Severe weather can happen in the fall but it isn't common and any time of year is great for a visit to Charleston.
Many people choose to drive to the Charleston Metropolitan Area by private car or rental car. There is also a local airport as well as an Amtrak station for other transportation options.