Who could have imagined that the city where the Civil War began would one day greet all Americans as welcome visitors?

 

A trip to Charleston, South Carolina, is a journey into a vibrant modern city that embraces its deep historical legacy and maintains its distinct Southern architectural charm.

 

Indeed, if there's a war between the states these days, it's for the attention of the American traveler, vacationer and retiree. No less than Travel & Leisure magazine recently ranked Charleston as the No. 4 best American city for an extended visit (after heavy-hitters New York, San Francisco and Chicago). Meanwhile, Conde Nast Traveler places Charleston at No. 5 on its list of "Top Ten Places to Travel" in the United States.

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