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City of Charleston
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City of Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Harbor and BatteryWhen Rhett Butler said, “I’m going to’s where I belong...,” he just may have been thinking wistfully of Charleston’s appeal as a sports and travel destination. Thriving on tourism, Charleston provides an abundance of opportunities for shopping, dining and unique entertainment. The combination of unequaled beauty, hospitality, and historical treasures provides a wonderful backdrop for any sports event. If your travel plans include staying in Charleston, you may want to overbook your room nights. You’ll definitely want to find out for yourself why the 300+ year old city continues to receive top awards and rankings from travel and sports-related magazines.

Sports Visitors Top "Picks"

Bridge Run StartAnnual Cooper River Bridge Run – A sell-out at 40,000 runners and walkers from 50 states and four countries. Includes 10K Run, 10K Walk, Kids Run and Expo.

Family Circle Cup Professional Women’s Tennis – Some 90,000 in attendance each year for this eight day event held in Charleston on Daniel Island.

Charleston RiverDogs Baseball – With more than 70 home games between April and September, your plans should include an evening on the Ashley River, for a baseball game and non-stop entertainment.

Charleston Classic WinnersCharleston Classic Basketball Tournament – The newest addition to the local scene, this ESPN-owned and operated event brings eight men’s basketball teams from across the nation to Charleston for an action-packed three-day weekend. The Charleston Classic is an invitational tournament to tip-off the basketball season and is held at the College of Charleston's TD Arena the third weekend in November.

Recreation Activities

There is no limit to the number of fabulous running opportunities, including the Arthur Ravenel Bridge and historic Battery waterfront area. Running on the Battery

A short drive from downtown Charleston, the 643-acre James Island County Park offers an abundance of exceptional recreation offerings and natural beauty.

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City of Charleston Visitor Center: A vast array of services including guides, maps,
discounted attraction and tour tickets and a number of displays. Located within the historic railroad warehouse (c. 1856) at at 375 Meeting St. Open seven days a week, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Staff provided by the Charleston Area CVB.







• Charleston named No. 2 of the Top 10 Travel Destinations in the U.S. – Conde’ Nast Traveler 2008.

Southern Living readers vote Charleston their Favorite Southern City. Holy City honors also include top tier billing for Best Weekend Getaway and Best Family Destination – 2009.

• Charleston is named No. 6 City in the nation for winter getaway
destinations for U.S. travelers by – 2008.

Southern Living names Charleston No. 1 Spring Vacation Destination – 2008.

• In Golf World's 2009 Readers' Choice Awards, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was selected as the No. 1 resort in the U.S., and voted No. 1 of the top 38 golf destinations in North America and Europe – 2009.

• Charlestonians are America's friendliest people (No.1) – Travel & Leisure 2008.

• Kiawah Island was lauded as the No. 2 island in North America – Conde’ Nast Traveler 2008.

• Charleston named One of the Top Ten Places to Visit Before You Die – Andrew Harper, 2008.

National Geographic Adventure named Charleston one of the 50 next great adventure towns in which to live and play – 2008.

Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards readers’ survey ranks Charleston as the fourth best city in America – 2008.

Charlotte Parent Magazine recognizes Charleston as Best Weekend Getaway in the Family Favorites Reader’s Choice awards – 2008.

Parade Magazine names Charleston one of the five Best American Cities – 2008.

• Charleston is named No. 3 Spot to See Before You Die by 2008.

Travel + Leisure names Charleston the 6th Best City in the United States and Canada – 2007.

• Charleston, South Carolina receives Most Mannerly City Lifetime Achievement award – 2007. names Charleston a Top Food Destination – 2007.

• Charleston is selected “Favorite City” and “Best Shopping” by Southern Living Readers – 2007. votes Charleston the only American city in the Top 10 Unique Romantic Destinations category – 2007.




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