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...
205 Meeting Street
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Luxurious Charleston hotel with two top-rated restaurants on-siteThe luxurious Charleston Place Hotel 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 heated...
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...
166 Church Street
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...
225 East Bay Street
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...
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...
Charleston hotel with pool combines modern luxuries with historic charmThe Holiday Inn Charleston - Mills House 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...
112 North Market Street
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 ...
181 Church Street
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,...
250 Spring Street
Downtown Charleston hotel with free Wi-Fi offers river viewsThe Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown - Ashley River has affordable rooms just minutes from the downtown historic district. The city's free trolley shuttle stops near the hotel every 30 minutes. The hotel...
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.
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.
Walk cinematic streets lined with pre-Revolutionary War buildings, over 100 from the late 18th century, and 600-plus built before the 1840s.
Cross the salt marsh to this barrier-island beach (just 12 miles from downtown) for an afternoon of surfing, fishing and sunbathing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.