Southern charm, hospitality and history imbue Charleston, one of the most well-preserved cities in the United States, despite its past history of fire, earthquake, hurricane and Civil War. Visitors can't help but feel they have been magically transported to another era; the opulent buildings reflect the gracious nature of the residents (the city has consistently been ranked Number One of the "Best-Mannered Cities" in the U.S. by various travel magazines).  

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or stroll down cobblestone streets past magnificent churches, grand mansions and beautiful gardens, all meticulously maintained and lovingly restored to their original grandeur when Charleston was one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S.   A visit to Charleston in the spring or fall allows a chance to glimpse at the past by touring the finest homes and gardens in the city through tours led by the Historic and Preservation Societies. 

History buffs will relish the old plantations and numerous historical museums and monuments dedicated to the Civil War and the Old South.  Culture-seekers enjoy this city during the internationally-acclaimed Spoleto Festival held in late May and early June.  Steeped in tradition, Charleston still manages a modern flair, with world-class restaurants featuring gourmet Southern cuisine amidst fashionable boutiques lining the streets of downtown. This effortless mix of past and present attracts visitors from around the world and puts Charleston on the list of "places to go before you die".