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Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich, 300-year history just waiting to be discovered. Hundreds of significant and lovingly preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the Historic District's narrow streets. Church bells toll the hour as history unfolds around each and every corner. In no other place are the past and present more intertwined. Charleston offers exceptional golf in one of the world's most highly acclaimed vacation destinations. Discover world-class golf courses situated on breathtaking coastal terrain, ranging from true links courses to parkland options lined with Carolina Pines and azaleas.
The entire Charleston area is a never-ending feast for the senses, with history serving as the main course. Visit Charles Towne Landing, the site where the original settlement was established in 1670. Explore the Charleston Museum, our nation's first museum, or Patriots Point, the world's largest naval and maritime museum and home of WW II's Fighting Lady, the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Drive to Fort Moultrie, scene of the first decisive American victory of the Revolution, and a mainstay of shore defense until 1947. Take a scenic boat tour to Fort Sumter, the man-made island fortress where the Civil War began.
The plantations and gardens in the region are among the most historically significant in the United States and will fill your day with memories of a gentler time. And the mild subtropical climate yields wonderful fruits and vegetables for Charleston area chefs to combine with fresh seafood from the Atlantic. Explore the region and open your senses to a preserved way of life.