Whether you'll be renting a car in Charleston or you plan to rely on bikes, cabs, and hotel shuttles to get around, get ready to get going. There's so much to do and see, you won't want to miss a second. A car will be handy when crossing the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to take in the stunning views. You won't need a car to enjoy Charleston's historic district, considered one of the country's most architecturally significant. From cobblestone streets to colorful, genteel antebellum mansions, in Charleston you'll be surrounded by history. Be sure to hop a ferry to Fort Sumter and the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, and visit the gardens at Magnolia Plantation. And if you enjoy golf or tennis, be sure to visit the country's first golf club or practice your backhand here in the country's "Best Tennis Town."
Festivals and Events
Any time is an excellent time to visit Charleston. If you play your cards right, you might experience one of the city's many seasonal events. Around Christmas, enjoy the annual holiday parade, Dickens Dinner, and Festival of Lights, all held in the shadow of the 270-year-old Drayton Hall plantation house. Around Halloween, consider taking a ghost tour -- if you dare. In March, there's the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, and in late May, you can check out the 17-day-long Spoleto Arts Festival, packed with performances and visual arts.
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