Charleston Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Charleston

If you have extra time, Isle of Palms County Park is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Charleston
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    Many visitors say you can't leave Charleston without seeing this stretch along the city's southern tip. This row of Southern-style mansions overlooking Charleston Harbor was formerly the heart and soul of the city's maritime activity. Today, the area attracts camera-toting tourists from all over the country.

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    Sullivan's Island
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    Comprising only 3.3 square miles, Sullivan's Island may not seem like a must-see for Charleston visitors. But this beachfront town proves that good things come in small packages. Sitting at the mouth of the Charleston harbor– a little less than 10 miles east of the downtown area– Sullivan's Island boasts beaches, tasty

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    Isle of Palms County Park
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    If several days in Charleston proper have you longing for a do-nothing day at the beach, Isle of Palms might be just the ticket. Located just 16 miles east of the city, visitors will find about 7 miles of shoreline, ideal for swimming, sailing, windsurfing or sunbathing. If you're having

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    Folly Beach
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    After a few days exploring Charleston's historic sites, take some time to kick back, relax and enjoy the Southern sun. Overlooking the Atlantic from the West Islands– 12 miles south of downtown Charleston– this massive stretch of coastline makes for a great daytrip away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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    Charleston City Market
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    While some may say that the Charleston City Market is a bit of a tourist trap, others call it a great glimpse into life in the Old South. It is often referred to as the "Slave Market" because it was here that slaves would purchase food for the plantation. Today,

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