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Charleston Vacation

What are the best places to visit in Charleston?

It can be really nice to just roam the streets when you're in a new place, but sometimes it's wise to come up with a plan. Grab your travel itinerary — we have some excellent ideas for your upcoming Charleston vacation.

Sightseeing is always a blast, even more so when the sights are as fabulous as the USS Yorktown! You may need a while to take in this top attraction.

Over the years, many trailblazers and great minds have studied within the classrooms of The Citadel. Learn about its long history and achievements, and roam the campus during a guided tour. There's a great range of things to keep you busy in this destination. There's nothing more inspiring than generation-old learning institutions. Medical University of South Carolina has a proud history of rearing the leaders of the future. Still have time on your hands? We all dote on our feathery and fuzzy friends, but how about getting to hang out with those who are a tad more slimy and scaly? Enjoy a close encounter with the amazing inhabitants of the aquatic world at South Carolina Aquarium.

What are the most popular activities for a Charleston vacation?

Vacationing is always so much more than just seeing new places. It's all about the adventures you can have while you're there.

Kick-start your trip to Charleston by trying one or two of these activities:

If you'd like to view all the activities on offer, go to our Charleston things to do page.

What types of accommodations are available in Charleston?

With around 86 properties in Charleston, looking for a place to rest your head won't be a problem. But why wait any longer? Book early via Expedia and jump-start your next luxury getaway or cheap vacation.

Charleston's premier choices such as the Wentworth Mansion (149 Wentworth St) and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection (55 Wentworth Street) are sure to bring a smile to even the fussiest visitor. If traveling on a budget's more your thing, you (and your bank balance) might prefer the Days Inn Historic District (155 Meeting St), or the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel (4620 Dorchester Road).

Is there an airport in Charleston?

If you're arriving by plane, it's likely that you'll be landing at Charleston International Airport (CHS). Once you've collected your baggage and headed outside, the center of Charleston will be waiting 9 miles away.



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Best Lodging Options Near Charleston

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Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview CA $132
Reviewed on Jun. 5, 2020
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Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview

Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview

84 Ripley Point Dr, Charleston, SC
     
    4.4 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Liked the king bedroom set up. Location was good.

    The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel CA $216
    Reviewed on Jun. 2, 2020
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    The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

    The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

    115 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great location, great staff, great amenities. Pool, courtyard and restaurant are lovely. Can’t beat this historic hotel in the most beautiful city.

      Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina CA $159
      Reviewed on Jun. 4, 2020
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      Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

      Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

      20 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Our kids loved the resort! No housekeeping due to covid but that was understandable. Fish House on property service was slow. We loved everything else. Would highly recommend property and definitely get the harbor view.

        Hyatt Place Mount Pleasant Towne Centre CA $147
        Reviewed on Jun. 2, 2020
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        Hyatt Place Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

        Hyatt Place Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

        1600 Palmetto Grande Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great property and location. Very clean and rooms are spacious.

          Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District CA $182
          Reviewed on May 29, 2020
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          Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

          Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District

          560 King Street, Charleston, SC
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            The location was great. I was really upset about the fact that parking was NOT included with the hotel stay. I had to pay an additional $18-$23 a day just to park my car. That’s ridiculous considering what I paid for the room. Parking should be included in the hotel stay.

            Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown CA $145
            Reviewed on Jun. 2, 2020
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            Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown

            Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown

            425 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great convenient location! Front desk staff was attentive and the valet made parking hassle free.

              SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston N./Ashley Phosphate CA $87
              Reviewed on Jun. 5, 2020
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              SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston N./Ashley Phosphate

              SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston N./Ashley Phosphate

              7535 N Forest Drive, North Charleston, SC
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Breakfast was trash not enough towels rude housekeeper and nosey

                Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District CA $176
                Reviewed on Jun. 1, 2020
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                Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District

                Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District

                415 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Location of property for where we were going and space in room was wonderful!

                  Top Activities in Charleston

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