Hotel at a Glance: Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport
This Radisson hotel sits about 12 miles north of Charleston off of I-26, a highway that leads to the heart of Charleston. Guest rooms come with microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers, and free WiFi, and Sleep Number beds provide personalized comfort.
- Take a dip: The hotel has an indoor pool in a tropical, sunlit atrium.
- Hitch a ride: A free shuttle runs between the hotel and Charleston International Airport.
- Onsite dining: Haven Restaurant serves up Lowcountry cuisine for breakfast and dinner.
- Must-see nearby: The main farmhouse at Middleton Place was burned down by Union troops during the Civil War, but the property still holds America's oldest landscaped gardens—65 acres of them.
- Swamp life: A 20-mile drive takes you to Cypress Gardens, a swamp filled with bald cypress and tupelo trees. You can rent a rowboat and paddle through the black water to glimpse alligators and turtles.
Charleston, South Carolina: Civil War Monuments and Sophisticated Arts Scene
Charleston, South Carolina, was recently named one of the best historic destinations in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Georgian mansions line the waterfront, the spires of colonial-era churches punctuate the skyline, and horse-drawn carriages frequently clop along its cobblestone streets. You can get an added sense of the city’s history by visiting a number of preserved period buildings and national historic landmarks such as the Battery & White Point Gardens, a living Civil War museum with Confederate cannons and views of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, and a double-parked Camry.
More recently, Charleston has merged its Old South identity with a strong arts-and-culture scene. The streets, once overrun with aristocrats, are now lined with top-tier art galleries and antique stores, and you can catch live jazz performances at night. Step out onto King Street to browse third-generation clothiers that have set up shop in historic landmark buildings. The city's reputation as a major culinary destination has been reaffirmed by the James Beard Foundation, which has named a different Charleston chef the best in the southeast three out of the past four years.