Charleston, South Carolina is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the United States. Founded in 1670 by English royalty seeking to increase their fortunes from the bounty of the New World, Charles Towne (as it was initially known) quickly proved to be a prodigious source of wealth as the city established itself as a vital regional port. As the exporting of rice and cotton produced by nearby plantations grew, Charleston rapidly became a city of regional dominance.
Hotels and lodgingEdit
- Courtyard North Charleston Airport/Coliseum 
Charleston's abundant attractions and Southern charms make it one of America's most coveted tourist locations. Despite occasional catastrophes spanning the last 300 plus years such as fires, the U.S. Civil War, and the category 5 Hurricane Hugo in 1989, Charleston still has managed to beautifully preserve it's architectural treasures. It's these exemplars of old world architecture that make the city, and must be visited by any traveller. The Nathaniel Russell House, built in 1808, is one such house, and can be found on 51 Meeting Street in the old downtown.
Maps and transportationEdit
Getting to CharlestonEdit
Getting to Charleston has only recently gotten easier. Starting in June 2006, Delta started non-stops from some larger airports such as Boston's Logan and Dallas' DFW. But, for the most part, hooking up with the express versions of United, US Airways, Delta, Northwest and American has been the only way to go. The flights are always more expensive—Charleston (airport code: CHS) is a regional airport (even though the word "international" graces its name) -- and getting in or out more often than not requires a stop in Atlanta, Charlotte or Washington D.C.
Believe it or not, most visitors to Charleston drive to the city. A statistic somewhere once revealed as much as 80% of tourists entered the city by car, which partially explains the need for a new harbor bridge. With a main span of 1,546 feet (471 m), the Arthur Ravenel, Jr Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge that carries vessels other than public transportation (i.e. passenger cars) in the Western Hemisphere.
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