Once the fifth largest city in North America, today Charleston is a beautiful metropolis with a thriving economy, gracious residents and amazing sightseeing attractions. If you are looking for Charleston hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has several great places to stay, each offering comfortable accommodations and exceptional rates. Click on a local area below for Extended Stay Hotels or view all metro area Charleston hotels.
Named America’s “best-mannered city” by etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart in 1995, Charleston is a very friendly place to visit. It is also called the Holy City due to its long history of religious tolerance, having welcomed dissenters of numerous faiths. Today Charleston is home to Brith Sholom Beth Israel, the oldest Orthodox synagogue in the South.
Many of Charleston’s most recognizable tourist attractions stem from its role in American history. One of the most significant historical buildings in Charleston, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, built in the 1770s, returns visitors to the era of colonial South Carolina.
Perhaps the most well known historic site in Charleston is Fort Sumter, the island fortress near the opening of Charleston Harbor. After all, it was toward Fort Sumter that the first shot of the Civil War was fired. That shot came from nearby Fort Moultrie, located on the shoreline facing Fort Sumter. Both forts have been returned to their Civil War era condition and are well worth visiting.
Should you decide to board the ferry to Fort Sumter at the Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum, be sure you allow time to take in all the other interesting sites here. Patriot’s Point is home to the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier that served valiantly in the Pacific during World War II. Also on display and available for tours are the destroyer USS Laffey, the submarine USS Clamagore as well as other ships, period airplanes and memorabilia.
Having stepped back in history, take a minute to look north from Patriot’s Point and view the modern beauty of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Opened in 2005, this is the longest cable-stay bridge in North America.
Less well-known, but still very interesting, is the Civil War vintage submarine CSS HL Hunley. In 1864, nine Confederate soldiers manually operated the Hunley and sunk the Union ship Housatonic in Charleston Harbor.
Charleston offers tourists much more than Civil War history. Situated on Charleston Harbor, the South Carolina Aquarium takes visitors through natural habitats of the Carolinas and around the world. This aquarium has much to see, including marvelous exhibits on wildlife from local mountains, salt marsh birds and a lot more.
If you would rather see nature on its own terms, visit Cypress Gardens Park. Here you can walk along 3.5 miles of nature trail, visit the Butterfly House where you stroll among 12 species of butterfly or visit the “Swamparium,” where you get up close to a variety of swamp creatures. Thrill seekers can take a swamp boat ride through amazing vegetation and interesting wildlife.
Charleston has been dubbed by some “the cradle of southern history and charm.” What better way to experience this city than from a horse drawn coach? Carriage tours are an elegant, enjoyable way to see this southern gem. If walking is more your style, Charleston has many fine walking tours that are sure to show you the history and charm of this beautiful old city.
Charleston’s moderate climate means fabulous outdoor recreation. Be sure you set aside time for the local beaches. Pack your sunshade, a towel and a book, and you are in for a relaxing day by the ocean. If you prefer a bit more excitement, head to Isle of Palms and Tidal Wave Water Sports for parasailing, WaveRunner rentals and a host of water recreation activities.
Not into water sports? Charleston offers great baseball courtesy of the Riverdogs, an affiliate organization for the New York Yankees. If baseball isn’t your sport, how about professional soccer? This fast-paced sport is gaining popularity throughout the U.S., and the Charleston Battery is a fun way to see the sport at its best.
The entire Mid-Atlantic area is well-known for exceptional golfing. For a taste of golf at its best in South Carolina, check out Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golfer, there are plenty of great golf courses in the Charleston area.
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