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Your Charleston vacation

Southern charm will certainly cast a spell as you wander cobblestone streets filled with pastel mansions, antique shops and horse-drawn carriages. But beneath the antebellum exterior, a Charleston vacation also brings vibrant nightlife, ultra-chic shopping and a robust local-food scene. And make time for kayaking, a picnic on the beach, and the barrier islands … you might even run into Bill Murray at The Joe.

Before you plot your Old South getaway, let Orbitz help you with the planning. Our insider tips highlight Charleston's must-see neighborhoods, colonial plantations, and Civil War hotspots.

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Charleston Vacation Packages

Hotel only $127

1 Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 216 reviews

387 King Street Map

Flash Sale - Save 20%

Historic charm, modern conveniences in downtown CharlestonThe Francis Marion Hotel was built in 1924, completely renovated in 1996 with a $12 million grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but there's still plenty of old-fashioned charm. The rooms... More

Hotel only $242

2 Belmond Charleston Place

5 stars
4.5 / 5 153 reviews

205 Meeting Street Map

Save 40% off the 3rd Night

Luxurious Charleston hotel with two top-rated restaurants on-siteThe luxurious Belmond Charleston Place features two of the city's finest restaurants on the premises. Many of downtown's historic sites and museums are within walking distance. The hotel boasts a... More

Hotel only $149

3 Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 93 reviews

345 Meeting St. Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Charleston business hotel with swimming pool near major tourist sitesThe Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District is the only antebellum hotel in the area and was restored from an 1860 railroad warehouse. This Charleston hotel is a short walk from the Charleston museum... More

Hotel only $179

4 Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 46 reviews

337 Meeting Street Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Spacious suites, free breakfast in a historic building near many sitesThe Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston hotel is located in the original Citadel Military College building and listed is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now an all-suites hotel,... More

Hotel only $242

5 Planters Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 37 reviews

112 North Market Street Map

Award-winning hotel in The good life and Southern elegance in Charleston historic district offers fine diningThe Planters Inn stands out in a city known for its charm and aesthetic delights. The 64-room hotel combines the charm of old world hospitality with 21stcentury ... More

Hotel only $299

6 The Vendue

4 stars
4.3 / 5 116 reviews

19 & 26 Vendue Range Map

Downtown Charleston boutique hotel with great dedication to the arts The Vendue Inn offers a prime location in historic French Quarter and upscale services and amenities. This hotel is a combination of two boutique hotels ? 19 Vendue and 26 Vendue. Located just a block... More

Hotel only $239

7 French Quarter Inn

4 stars
4.8 / 5 42 reviews

166 Church Street Map

Luxury Charleston hotel offers free champagne and evening receptionFull of charm and hospitality, the French Quarter Inn offers many luxury amenities and a great location for tourists, but also caters to business travelers with its executive business suites. The Inn... More

Hotel only $141

8 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District

4 stars
3.8 / 5 45 reviews

181 Church Street Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

The largest one- and two-bedroom suites in Charleston’s historic districtThe Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston - Historic District hotel is located next to the City Market and within walking distance of some of the city's top restaurants. Guests enjoy the lavish decor,... More

Hotel only $239

9 The Harbour View Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 73 reviews

2 Vendue Range Map

Continental Breakfast included with your stay!

Hotel in historic downtown Charleston offers luxury and southern charmThe Harbour View Inn features old southern hospitality and modern conveniences, with a spectacular view of the Charleston harbor. All rooms at the Harbour View Inn have flat-screen TVs, refrigerators,... More

Hotel only $179

10 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 66 reviews

115 Meeting Street Map

Charleston hotel with pool combines modern luxuries with historic charmThe Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel combines opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern conveniences in the heart of the city's historic district. It is the only hotel on the city's Museum... More

Charleston highlights

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  • Charleston Tea Plantation

    Take a trolley through America’s only working tea plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island. Learn how tea is made, view acres of tea fields, and enjoy American Classic Tea.

  • The Citadel

    Head to the parade grounds of Charleston’s landmark military college to watch cadets march in uniform. Citadel parades are free, and held most Fridays during the school year.

  • Charles Towne Landing

    Relive the late 16th century at this original Lowcountry settlement. Be part of costumed reenactments and view replica sailing ships. Encounter pumas, river otters, bison, white ibis and more in the Animal Forest.

  • Boone Hall Plantation

    Visit one of America's oldest working plantations just outside Mt. Pleasant. Enjoy both a heady glimpse of Old South plantation life and modern U-pick fields of strawberries, pumpkins and tomatoes.

  • Old Slave Mart

    Explore the only known slave auction house still standing in South Carolina, now a museum. A collection of personal letters, oral histories and artifacts are on permanent display.

  • Folly Beach

    Cross the salt marsh to this barrier-island beach (just 12 miles from downtown) for an afternoon of surfing, fishing and sunbathing.

  • Historic District

    Walk cinematic streets lined with pre-Revolutionary War buildings, over 100 from the late 18th century, and 600-plus built before the 1840s.

  • The Battery

    From the southern point of the peninsula, you can walk along the waterfront to explore the city’s -- and arguably the country’s -- finest antebellum mansions.

  • Old City Market

    This open-air market is known for kitschy souvenirs, food and jewelry, but if you're fixing for real authentic goodies – check out the Gullah women's hand-woven sweetgrass baskets.

  • Fort Sumter National Monument

    History buffs get their fix here – it's the site of Civil War’s first shots. The ferry ride over offers a picturesque cruise through Charleston Harbor.