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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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
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
Downtown Charleston boutique hotel with luxury and southern charm in The Vendue Inn offers a prime French Quarter location and upscale services and amenities. Located just a block from Charleston Waterfront Park, the hotel features a complimentary use of bicycles, and a... More
Boutique hotel in historic Charleston near major attractions King Charles Inn is located in the heart of Charleston's historic district, within walking distance from many top restaurants, attractions and shopping. King Charles Inn is a great choice for... More
Look carefully among the gracious Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Second Empire and Queen Anne style homes of Charleston's historic Queen Street and one discovers a quaint and comfortable bed and breakfast at number 78 called The Elliott House Inn. Like Charleston... More
Luxury hotel in Charleston with free breakfast and Internet accessThe Market Pavilion Hotel in Charleston is located in the downtown historic district, just minutes from the waterfront, tour guides, shopping and grand old homes. The Market Pavilion Hotel is the only... More
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Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District Hotel is named "Best Hidden Gem" in the World by Trip Advisor, eight year recipient of the Intercontinental Hotels Torchbearer Award and winner of the first Kemmons Wilson Spirit of Hospitality Award. Within steps of the beauty and... More
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
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
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
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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.
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.
Cross the salt marsh to this barrier-island beach (just 12 miles from downtown) for an afternoon of surfing, fishing and sunbathing.
Walk cinematic streets lined with pre-Revolutionary War buildings, over 100 from the late 18th century, and 600-plus built before the 1840s.
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.