The once-sleepy Holy City continues to be discovered as two more travel accolades were heaped on Charleston today.
USA Today placed Charleston on its Top 10 list for great waterfronts, and TravelNerd gave it a shout out on its Top 10 list for underrated historical destinations.
USA Today pointed out Charleston’s seawall sidewalks along East Battery and Murray Boulevard, where the Ashley and Cooper rivers come together. It also steered visitors to the city’s Waterfront Park overlooking the harbor.
Making USA Today’s list also were, in descending order, Baltimore; Sarasota, Fla.; San Francisco; New York City; Vancouver; San Diego; Fort Lauderdale; Savannah, Ga.; and Miami. Charleston was No. 5.
And for a city steeped in history, TravelNerd’s nod reinforced what locals already knew.
“Charleston gives visitors a sense of the Old South, where everything, from the pastel houses lining the streets to the swings on the waterfront, seems like a history lesson,” said TravelNerd, the travel arm of NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy site.
Its website leads visitors to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, as well as the Charleston Museum, Drayton Hall, Middleton Place, the Aiken-Rhett House Museum and the College of Charleston.
Also making the list, from first to last, were Honolulu, Hawaii;, St. Augustine, Fla.; Newport, R.I.; Charlottesville, Va.; St. Louis, Mo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; New Castle, Del.; New Orleans; and San Antonio, Texas. Charleston ranked No. 2.
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