9 Questions about Charleston, Answered

July 6, 2016 | By | Comments (5)

Travel + Leisure announced their annual World’s Best Awards Wednesday, and, among the international bucket-list destinations, Charleston, South Carolina, was named the best city in the world and the best city in the U.S.

charleston harbor historic houses

Photo: Getty Images

We can’t say we’re surprised—we’ve been huge fans of Charleston’s five-star dining, stunning beaches, and Southern atmosphere for years. But we know not everyone is as familiar with the city. To help soon-to-be fans of Charleston out, we’ve gone ahead and answered a few questions on how to get the most out of the world’s best city.

First, get to know Charleston with our quick intro. Or, if you’re familiar with other coastal cities, see how it compares to Portland, Maine. Then ask away.

darling oyster bar charleston

Photo: Courtesy of Darling Oyster Bar

1. Where should you eat? While you’re there, you have to try one of the best lobster rolls in America at 167 Raw. Eat at Bowens Island Restaurant or have a drink and enjoy some stunning views from the rooftop Pavilion Bar & CaféThe Darling Oyster Bar is a newcomer, but also one of our favorites.

lobster roll at 167 raw

Photo: Courtesy of 167 Raw

2. Where should you stay? Spend a night on the Southern Comfort floating inn or, for something more conventional, at the Charleston Place Hotel.

3. What should you do there? Check out Charleston’s Farmers’ Market, Marion Square and, later, shop around at Hampden Clothing or South of Market home store. See sea turtle hatchlings or visit the South Carolina Aquarium. Take a breather to sit and look at the harbor, one of the best in the country, or take a sunset cruise on the Schooner Pride Tall Ship.

4. What did we do there? Homes Editor Ellen McGauley took a look at some of Charleston’s most stunning homes and Travel Editor Tracey Minkin has some tips on how to experience Charleston like an insider.

5. You want to go on a holiday? Try Charleston on the Fourth of July or during the Holiday Festival of Lights.

6. You want to stay somewhere closer to nature, but still nearby? Get to know Daniel Island, just a few miles from Charleston and the site of our 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse.

7. You want to take a road trip there? Leave from Savannah, Georgia, and drive through the Lowcountry.

8. You can’t make it to Charleston? Try making food from the city at home.

9. You want to know even more? Our friends at Southern Living, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure all have their own guides to the city.

So what are you waiting for?


  1. Mary c. Phillips

    Well done….my favorite city as well

    July 6, 2016 at 6:02 pm
  2. Clay Edmonds

    If you want to experience Charleston’s visual history through the eyes and hand of smeone who knows visit Gaye Sanders Fisher Gallery
    Museum & Gallery
    124 Church St, Charleston, SC · (843) 958-0010 when you are there. She is quite a Lady. Tell her I sent you. Clay

    July 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm
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