Charleston is a historic city dating back to before the revolutionary war. The colony was originally known as Charles Towne, you can visit the original settlement today at Charles Towne Landing located in West Ashley. Founded in 1670, it was the original capital of South Carolina. During the revolutionary war and civil war Charleston was highly significant due to its location and bustling trade center. 

Charleston’s Historical Significance

Charleston is known for several features including its old-world southern charm. The horse-drawn carriages still clack down the cobblestone streets, and Spanish moss gently hangs from the protected old oak trees. Charleston is full of beautiful iconic scenes, it is after all a city to be lost in. 

Iconic Scenery

The are many places around the city of Charleston to enjoy and take in the atmosphere. One of the most popular places in historic Downtown Charleston to visit for tourists and locals is the waterfront park that features the famous pineapple fountain. The pineapple symbolizes hospitality and friendship. You’ll see pineapples around the city on gates, statues, and in several souvenir shops. 

Charleston is known as the holy city and the city of churches. You can notice a historic old church just about anywhere you go in the city. You can also find historic architecture in several areas around downtown Charleston in buildings and homes. There are over 2,500 buildings in the area. The architectural styles can be found in Colonial, Georgian, Federal, Classical Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Victorian, and Art Deco. Each style marks a distinct period of history. 

Number One City in the U.S. 

Since the beginning of the colony of Charles Towne, Charleston has been rich in history and beauty. Charleston has been voted not only the best city in the United States but also the 23rd-best city in the world. Charleston has been recognized as the Best City in the U.S. city for 10 years straight, making it a World’s Best Awards Hall of Fame honoree. 

Charleston is not only a great tourist destination, but it is also a great place to live. Its charming architecture, pleasant weather, and excellent local cuisine make it a great place to put down roots. 


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