In an accolade-filled week for Charleston, feature articles appeared in U.S. News & World Report and extolling the virtues of the Holy City.

Best U.S. Historic Destinations, U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News ranked Charleston among the top twelve Best U.S. Historic Cities, placing the South Carolina city in sixth place and noting that, “walking around the Battery and spotting Fort Sumter in the distance, you may believe that you’ve stepped back into a gorgeous antebellum world…To be sure, Charleston’s historic downtown has weathered the decades very well…And as you walk the gas lamp-lit streets at night, past horse-drawn carriages and the antebellum architecture, you just might think you’ve traveled back in time.”

The ranking links to U.S. News’ Charleston travel guide, providing sightseeing information, travel tips, and advice on getting around and where to stay. Aside from listing some of Charleston’s finest historic sites, from old majestic homes open to visitors to the museums that promote the city’s place in United States history, the article highlights the city’s innovative restaurants, interesting shops, contemporary art galleries, and year-round recreational options. U.S. News even extends a special shout-out to the “world-class Spoleto Festival USA.”

Charleston, the Darling of the South,, in its love letter to Charleston, asserts “Charleston has something for everyone. In addition to looking at antebellum plantations and beautiful architecture, you can get your supernatural fix by visiting the spooky old jail or cemetery on a walking ghost tour. If you want a vacation filled with waves and sand, you can travel 15 minutes from downtown historic Charleston and visit Folly Beach.”

Primarily fascinated by the breadth of sightseeing available to visitors, the story focuses on major sightseeing attractions such as the Battery & White Point Gardens (“Full of history and beautiful scenery, this waterfront promenade at the southern tip of the city provides an ideal setting.”), Museum Mile (the Charleston Museum, the Old Slave Mart Museum, and the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon), Charleston’s historic antebellum mansions (the Nathaniel Russell House at the southern point and the Aiken-Rhett House at the northern end, lavish examples of antebellum life), and graceful former plantations (Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, Magnolia Plantation, which was founded in 1676, and Middleton Place, featuring America’s oldest landscaped gardens).

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