Why It's Worth It

Charleston is a city of contrasts, unique in its combination of small town and big city, sleepy and fast-paced. It’s one of the best places in the U.S. to experience such rich history (from slave port to the birthplace of the Civil War) and natural delights (beaches, marshes, wildlife, and more). Add in an incredible food and drink scene, and there’s enough here to keep you charmed for days. —Nancy Gupton

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