Charleston’s original name was Charles Towne in 1670, and it moved to its present location (Oyster Point) from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River (Albemarle Point) in 1680. It adopted its present name in 1783. Charleston is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape, particularly the numerous steeples which dot the city's skyline, and for the fact that it was one of the few cities in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance, albeit restricted to non-Catholics.
A charming Southern city, known for its hospitality, Civil War history, carriage rides and fine dining. Fort Sumter, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired, is just off the coast. Charleston, a port city, brings in goods from around the world. The Spoleto Festival USA is known internationally and adds to the many cultural offerings and historic sites to visit. Visitors can go aboard the USS Hunley, famous Civil War submarine, visit the many plantations and gardens, and view “Rainbow Row”, known for the grand old homes of the South.
Look for special offers in various areas of Charleston, along with online deals that you can use at home.
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