Charleston is the oldest and second largest city in South Carolina. It’s located at the mid-point of South Carolina’s Atlantic coastline. Hilton Head Island is at South Carolina’s southern end and Myrtle Beach is at its northern end. The city line is about a 1.5-hour drive from Hilton Head Island.
Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, and mannerly people, Charleston has received a large number of accolades, including “America’s Most Friendly City” several times by Conde’ Nest and Travel and Leisure Magazine. It’s also home to some of the countries top rated restaurants. The tallest building in Charleston is no taller than the highest church steeple, a rule that applies to this day.
Be sure to visit the old Charleston City Market area and take a stroll along Queen Street to window shop. Take a stroll along Battery Park, hike out to Fort Sumter National Monument or walk or bike across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that connects Charleston with Mt. Pleasant, a charming suburb. The vacation and beach hubs near Charleston are on the Isle of Palms and nearby on Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island.
Although larger then Savannah, Charleston is a relatively small city. Charleston can be enjoyed in a day if visiting from Hilton Head Island. It’s well worth the trip.