Rainbow Row on East Bay Street is one of many classic spots for a stroll. (Charleston Tourism Board)

With winter behind us, it’s time to venture out and enjoy exploring a new destination. That makes the first week of April the perfect opportunity for a spring getaway to Charleston. There, you can take in the Volvo Car Open—the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America—and savor all the charm and flavor this southern city has to offer.

History buffs, shoppers and casual urban explorers will all find lots to love about a stroll or carriage tour around downtown Charleston. Cobblestoned streets, iron gates and blooming gardens serve as the perfect accents to the city’s well-preserved architecture, with classic examples of Georgian, Victorian, Federalist and other historic mansions and homes at every turn. As one of its nicknames, the “Holy City,” suggests, Charleston is also home to an incredible collection of churches, many with striking spires and steeples.

The Battery—the seawall promenade—is lined with antebellum homes, and a stroll along the harborside gives you great views of Fort Sumter and the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. It’s also a prime perch for catching the sunset.

For more house-spotting, visit Rainbow Row on East Bay Street. The site's group of colorful Georgian row homes are some of the city’s most photographed sights.

WTA Charleston (4/2-4/8)

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