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One City, Three Ways: Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is lovely, made even lovelier with an effort to see the bigger picture. Here are three ways to approach your next visit, themed around Black history, top dining spots, and architectural highlights.

Essential Southern beach trips

There are a few things you can always count on if you travel along the Southern coast. Pillowy mounds of soft, fine sand. Warm, sunny days punctuated by kaleidoscopic sunsets. Tents and umbrellas bearing the mascots of college football teams. Local shrimp and oysters fried to greasy perfection. These eight classic destinations tick all those boxes and more.
Culinary travel: Where to eat while visiting Charleston

Culinary travel: Where to eat while visiting Charleston

In 2023, Charleston's restaurant scene rebounded from a pandemic hangover, energized by longtime members of the culinary community pursuing passion projects, and new arrivals offering fresh perspectives. The growth is grounded in the essential components of Lowcountry cuisine, which occupies a unique spot in place and time.

Where to stop along Columbia’s Main Street district

The South Carolina capital’s downtown streets are a hub of eclectic eateries, chic bars, and cultural institutions that crackle with character.

Explore myths and monsters at these five Southern cryptid attractions

From the skunk ape to the lizard man, these curious destinations offer a look at some of the region's legendary homegrown horrors.

Author Terry McDonell reminisces about a winter retreat at Folly Beach

An author and editor escapes New York for a month of milder temps, bird spotting, and long walks along the South Carolina coast.

Right on Trend: The Pinch Hotel stands tall among Charleston’s best

The 24-room boutique hotel is an eclectic respite from the bustling shopping and business district.

Road Trip Guide to the South Carolina Upcountry

Discover bustling small towns, a pair of postcard-perfect bridges, and plenty of historic sites along the state’s ”freshwater coast."

Hangin’ Around: A closer look at the Pawleys Island rope hammock

The Pawleys Island rope hammock has long been a symbol of Southern relaxation, and its latticed, heavy-cotton design was groundbreaking for its time. Before 1889, hammocks were made from canvas or low-quality hemp—hot, rough materials that did not accommodate muggy climates like that of South Carolina.

By Design: 36 of the South’s architectural wonders

As much as we love the South's quintessential clapboard churches and stately mansions, our appreciation of Southern architecture extends beyond the classics. We‘ve combed the region for noteworthy structures, from historical masterpieces like Thomas Jefferson‘s Palladian Monticello to modern marvels like the breezy, zero-energy McDonald‘s Florida flagship (yes, McDonald’s).

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