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When to go?
Now. Seriously! The beach in Charleston can get a little chilly during winter, but otherwise all of the things to do in Charleston can be done regardless of season. Near the water, temperatures are typically quite moderate year round, but inland temps can be sweltering in summer and chilly in winter. Being on the coast, Charleston is subject to hurricanes and other ocean storms in summer and early fall, so check the weather reports before you leave and ask your hotel about cancellation or refund policies regarding inclement weather.

Where to stay?
Charleston ranks among the top cities in America for hotels of charm and character, all of which are priced relative to their proximity to the historic district. If prices in the center are too high for your budget, find a place west of the Ashley River, and drive into town for sightseeing. Bed-and-breakfast accommodations range from historic homes to carriage houses to simple cottages, and they're located in virtually every section of the city. Charleston is comprised of a group of several nearly self-contained neighborhoods. If you have rented a car, park it. You'll get a much better feel for the history and charm of the city by walking around these neighborhoods.

What to do?
History is the hallmark of Charleston. The Battery, Charleston Landing, and The Great Hall at the Old Exchange offer glimpses of the city's first 250 years. For children and WWII buffs, Patriots Point is home to the USS Yorktown and other naval ships and aircraft that you can tour. After the history lesson, fishermen in the family will be at home on Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Or cast away from land entirely; charter a sail boat and cruise the Atlantic. Back on terra firma, shoppers can find great stores and boutiques along King Street, and be sure to head over to the historic Old City Market, which spans four blocks from Meeting Street to East Bay Street, offering local crafts, antiques, jewelry, tapestries, and even local food. The best beach is at Beachwalker County Park, on Kiawah Island. Be sure to get there before noon on weekends; the limited parking is usually gone by then.


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