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Charleston

Charleston

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 $189

1 Elliott House Inn

3 stars
4.1 / 5 23 reviews

78 Queen Street Map

Continental Breakfast Included with your stay!

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

Hotel only $109

2 Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

4 stars
4.0 / 5 290 reviews

20 Patriots Point Road Map

A vacation oasis with a nautical theme right on Charleston's harborThere's plenty to do at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina even if guests never leave the hotel. Activities include sailing and fishing lessons, a program for kids, evening entertainment on the beach... More

Hotel only $219

3 King Charles Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 118 reviews

237 Meeting Street Map

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

Hotel only $97

4 Wild Dunes - Destination Hotels and Resorts

4 stars
4.2 / 5 234 reviews

1 Sundial Circle Map

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Isle of Palms resort with swimming, golfing, tennis and more on siteThe Wild Dunes Resort occupies 1,600 acres of private oceanfront property. The resort encompasses two hotels with two golf courses and 17 Har-Tru tennis courts. Meeting and banquet facilities accommodate... More

Hotel only $271

5 Belmond Charleston Place

5 stars
4.5 / 5 166 reviews

205 Meeting Street Map

Save 15%

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 $183

6 Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 227 reviews

387 King Street Map

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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

Hotel only $179

7 Andrew Pinckney Inn

4 stars
4.0 / 5 86 reviews

40 Pinckney Street Map

West Indies style in Charleston boutique hotelThe Andrew Pinckney Inn offers many different types of rooms, each with its own character. The 37 rooms and four suites are decorated West Indies style. The hotel has free wireless Internet access, a state-of-the-art business... More

Hotel only $309

8 French Quarter Inn

4 stars
4.8 / 5 46 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 $199

9 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 $188

10 Courtyard Charleston Historic District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 64 reviews

125 Calhoun Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

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 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.

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