- South Carolina
Once you visit Charleston, South Carolina, and experience everything this charming city has to offer, you will want to return again and again.
Charleston has a gorgeous waterfront and beaches, and its history, culture, entertainment and character rival any city in the world. Charleston is repeatedly voted one of the best destinations in North America and was recently named the top destination in the world by Condé Nast Traveler.
Shopping and Dining in the Historic District
Walking along King Street in the historic district, you will find great shopping. There are three distinct areas – the design and dining area, the fashion district and the antiques shopping area – so you can find everything you could possibly want, from garments to electronics and crafts. If you’re in the mood for a bite to eat, King Street is also the place to find amazing restaurants ranging from fine-dining to authentic, local favorites.
Accommodations and Cocktails at Market Pavilion Hotel
Both elegance and Southern hospitality welcome you as you enter Travel + Leisure’s No. 1-ranked small city hotel in the USA and Canada, the Market Pavilion Hotel. From the chic lobby and upscale restaurant up to the Pavilion Bar offering panoramic views, a cascading pool and delectable food and cocktails, this is a hotel in a class of its own. Make sure to try the hotel’s signature cocktail, the Nitrotini, Charleston’s only cocktail infused with liquid nitrogen. Amazing!
Delectable Dining With World-Class Jazz
The Charleston Grill with Chef Michelle Weaver at the Charleston Place Hotel is truly one of my favorite restaurants in the world. The restaurant is also a venue for world-class jazz performers to accompany your meal every evening and serves delectable dishes from four menus, ensuring everyone of every taste will enjoy their meal. The melt-in-your-mouth lobster dish and the slightly spicy and sweet Thai fish dish were both absolutely delicious.
True foodies may want to plan their trip around the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, showcasing the area's many culinary specialties and delectable beverages.
Carriage Rides through Charleston
Charleston is known for its pedestrian-friendly streets, historic homes and lush gardens, so why not take a romantic carriage ride through this in