Charleston, South Carolina, seamlessly blends modern thought with a historic setting. Rather than glass and steel skyscrapers, antebellum architecture and church steeples make up the skyline. The cobblestone streets, hitching posts leftover from a time when horses were the most common type of transportation, and sprawling plantations make you feel as if you've stepped back in time. However, the hotels in Historic Charleston are filled with every modern amenity, so you can enjoy exploring history without living there.
Settle into one of the Historic Charleston hotels, and start exploring centuries-old mansions, gardens, and avenues. Magnolia Plantation has one of the largest collections of camellias and azaleas in the country. A stop by Middleton Place is also a great way to soak up the serenity. The 65-acres of terraced gardens on display are some of the oldest in America. For a blend of modern and history, make sure to walk through Boone Hall and the grounds. Fans of "The Notebook" are likely to recognize the estate's alley of grand oaks from the movie. For a completely different view, head 12 miles south and dive into 12 miles of coastal beaches. The crashing waves make surfing a popular choice, with windsurfing and kite surfing an alternative to a regular board. If it's a water activity, it's available at Folly Beach. If shopping is your favorite activity, head 9 miles northeast and dive into the boutiques and antique shops of Mount Pleasant. Not only will you enjoy a day of great shops, the drive is also beautiful. A large part of it runs over the Silas M. Pearman Bridge, with a quick run through Drum Island.
When planning your vacations in Charleston, Travelocity can help you book a hotel and flight to Charleston at the same time, saving you up to $537 on the package. That puts more money in your pocket for activities and shopping. Don't forget to sample some authentic soul food while in town. The flavors of Charleston are something to savor.