Charleston

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Charleston and its neighboring cities are well known for their history, Southern charm, well-preserved architecture, and exceptional dining.  The city is also commonly referred to as the “Holy City” because of the vast number of churches in the area.  The oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II of England.  The city of Charleston was a focal point in both the American Revolutionary war, and the Civil War. 

Because of its rich history, many military landmarks and museums can be found in Charleston and the surrounding cities.  Popular destinations include Ft. Sumter, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, the South Carolina Aquarium, and several historic plantations and gardens.  A tour of the historic peninsula of downtown Charleston is not complete without a visit to Battery Park and Rainbow Row. Nearby beaches of Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms contribute to Charleston’s appeal as a top tourist destination.

The downtown peninsula is well known for its art, music, local cuisine, and fashion.  Spoleto Festival USA, held annually in late spring, has become one of the world's major performing arts festivals. Charleston is also home to the Family Circle Cup, the largest women-only tennis event in the country.  This event takes place annually on Daniel Island.  The annual Charleston Fashion Week held each Spring in Marion Square brings in designers, journalists, and clients from across the nation.

The Port of Charleston, owned and operated by the South Carolina Ports Authority, is one of the largest ports in the U.S.  As a coastal town, the city is home to several well-known bridges.  The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the Cooper River Bridge, is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Americas.  

Higher education is important to the local economy.  Institutions include the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and Charleston School of Law.  Other major employers include the Charleston Air Force Base, Blackbaud, Piggly Wiggly, Boeing, Robert Bosch, LLC, and Nucor Steel, among many others

Charleston is also home to several sports teams including the Charleston Battery professional soccer team, Charleston Riverdogs minor league baseball, South Carolina Stingrays professional minor league ice hockey team.

Not only a tourist destination, Charleston and the cities surrounding the peninsula and have become a highly desirable place to call home!

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