There’s a lot to love about Charleston. It’s why visitors from around the world flock to the city. It’s why 43 people move to the area each day. And it’s why those who live here stay put … for years.
With such diversity in appeal, we wanted to know just what people love about Charleston. So we posed the question “What do you love about Charleston?” on social media and people were eager to chime in. The most common response was “Everything!” It seems folks have a tough time picking just one gem.
Here’s a sampling of the many responses we received from visitors and locals alike. Maybe you’ll be inspired to try something new while you’re in town based on what others love about this magnificent coastal city.
Lovely houses and streets – @sheltiekawaii of Tokyo, Japan
I can’t name just one thing! Love the beautiful, historic and charming architecture, cobblestone streets, lush gardens and colorful window boxes, the food, the coastal feel, the marsh, southern hospitality – Charleston has it all! My favorite city in the U.S.! – Diane Fennesy of Lee’s Summit, Missouri
I love every single thing about Charleston. Every time I walk the streets, I feel like I was here in another life. It’s just a beautiful place to be! – Jennifer Haught Rupe of Scott Depot, West Virginia
The Angel Oak tree! My favorite spot to go to relax, soak in the beauty and grandeur of the oak while watching those wonderfully talented women weave the sweetgrass baskets. – Denise Rallis-Frutos of Germantown, Maryland
The ease and grace of the people of Charleston makes visitors feel the love and passion they have for their city. No matter where you go, you can see and hear it in the voices of those who are lucky enough to call her home. – Sherrie L Thornburg of Fripp Island, S.C.
I love the history of Charleston…Rainbow Row, The Battery, the fabulous downtown and the plantations! The oak trees, the horse-drawn carriages, the wonderful food, the fountains, and the people are all pretty great too! I live in Knoxville, Tennessee, and am glad I am only 6 hours away. – Susan Lowe Hutchinson
I just love the Holy City. We visit Charleston several times a year as our son and family live in Charleston. I fell in love with her on the first visit. The beaches, downtown, the bridges, the history, the friendliness and on and on. – Rebecca McCracken of Abingdon, Illinois
Is it wrong of me to say everything? The swings, the basket weavers, the restaurants and let’s not forget the people! – Lisa Knier Crist of Montgomery, Pennsylvania
I love walking around Battery Park and Rainbow Row, looking out at Fort Sumter. – Russ Swigart of Corder, Missouri
Only tea plantation in North America. – Corinne Appleton of North Charleston, S.C.
The friendliness of the city. Tour: Schooner Pride; breakfast: Toast; place to stay: Lodge Alley Inn; museum: Patriots Point; bar: Prohibition; excursion: Folly Beach – Bryan Chamberlain of Midlothian, Virginia
Cru Café and Theatre 99 – the best night out in the city! Love these hidden gems. – Natalie Grantham of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
The friendliest people EVER! I can’t think of anything I don’t love about Charleston! – Dee Perillo of Placerville, California
Are you kidding – EVERYTHING. Can’t wait to come back! – Pat Tulip of Seattle
Bakehouse Charleston on East Bay is a must every time I am in Charleston. Love the Charleston Water Taxi, the pineapple fountain, the (South Carolina) Aquarium and the Yorktown – too much to list. – Maryann Napolitano Mendes of Wantagh, New York
Something just takes you back to a different place and time. I fell in love (on my) first visit. It’s such a beautiful city. – Christi Swindle of Southaven, Mississippi
I love the charm and history of downtown Charleston. The beautiful oak trees covered in Spanish moss. The beauty and history of the plantations. And finally Sticky Fingers BBQ and D’Allesandro’s Pizza. And the beaches, of course. Melissa Bryant of Dayton, Ohio
I love Charleston. The people. The history. The food. I love to just walk around downtown aimlessly for hours. I always stumble about something new or beautiful that I never saw before. Once I even found my name in the cement, like I was meant to be there. Charleston, I love you! – Amy Millett of Massachusetts
Nothing better than being on a boat in the Charleston harbor with the view of the Holy City in the background. – Ashley Coats Marston of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Simply the view of the bridge from the Isle of Palms and the peace of the barrier islands. I immediately relax and feel at home. Amanda Lutes Davenport of Cincinnati
Fleet Landing (restaurant), Kiawah Island, Middleton Place Plantation and the quaintness of Summerville. – Karen Davis of Matthews, N.C.
Love the plantations the best. But also so many other things: Rainbow Row, the oak trees, the swings by the water, the children selling flowers, the long walks with my husband, the food, the horse carriage rides, the beaches, the friendly people, the shopping, and so much more. – Alesia Mcquain of Boydton, Virginia
I love walking through the historic areas of the city. The food is awesome! I love all the beaches and the great restaurants to choose from. I love Charleston! – Judy L Whalen of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
I love everything about this magical place. I have been coming here for many years to vacation. Wish I could call it my home instead of my second home! – Jama Compston of Mansfield, Ohio