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Charleston was named Top City in the World in 2012 by `Condé Naste Travelers!

With accolades such as “best-mannered city” in the U.S. and “America’s most friendly city,” and also in 2011 – `Condé Naste Travelers “Top City in the United States and Fodor’s “21 Places to go in 2012”- it’s not a surprise that Charleston is one of the most visited city in the US.

Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina, and the city is brimming with rich history, tradition and Southern charm.

This beautiful city is known as the “Holy City” because of the prevalence of churches on the low-lying city skyline.

Located on a peninsula where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet as they flow into the Atlantic Ocean, this quintessential city tucked into the coastline is characterized by mild winters and hot summers. Charleston is a major tourist destination due to its prominent art, music, food and fashion scenes, and since its establishment over 300 years ago, the historic areas of the city remain intact and as beautiful and picturesque as ever, leaving visitors with an old world feel.

Charleston is more than one of the country’s most beloved cities, its home to five beautifully distinct beach towns, each with its own distinctive character, flavor and magic – Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island.   Just like the area beaches, the neighborhoods and towns surrounding the City of Charleston – City of North Charleston, James Island, John’s Island, Daniel Island, Mt. Pleasant, and West Ashely – each offer their own unique vibe and attractions and are worthy of a visit.

With so many things to do and see, we hope that you will make an extended vacation around your participation in the Charleston Marathon. Here are some helpful links to help you plan your vacation to the Lowcontry!


linkCharleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

linkCity of Charleston

linkCity of North Charleston

linkConde Naste Traveler Guide to Charleston

linkFodor’s 21 Places to Go in 2012