Right in the South Carolina low country and overflowing with Southern charm and history, Charleston is the ideal, smaller getaway for anyone seeking a step back in time or a move into the future on the food scene. Home to one of the most fan-friendly, intimate tournaments in the U.S., there’s plenty to do and see beyond the Volvo Car Open in this quintessential Southern city.
Founded in 1670 as a colonial port city, history is around any corner in Charleston and no where is it more prominent than Fort Sumter. The small island military fort saw the first shots ring out of the U.S. Civil War, marking the beginning of one of America’s darkest five years. The famous battleground is located in the famous Charleston Harbor at the tip of historic downtown Charleston.
For history and art lovers alike, the 13 unique colonial houses of Rainbow Row provide visitors an insight into life in the original 13 Colonies in South Carolina. The brightly-colored homes make up the longest stretch of Georgian row houses in the U.S.
To experience more of the colonial history and Southern charm of Charleston, a fun horse drawn carriage ride can take you through the downtown district just like the original colonizers of Charleston did 300 years ago.
Home to one of the famous sights of Charleston—the Pineapple Palm fountain—downtown Charleston’s Waterfront Park is a relaxing stop. The park and it’s famous fountain run along the Cooper River downtown.
Full of history, delicious ingredients and unique antiques, the nearly two-century old City Market is a must-visit. The market is located in the historic district and is home to local food vendors and Southern artisans just as it was when it opened in 1841.
One of the landmarks of the city, the large Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant and is a fun location for those looking for some activity. The cable bridge, which runs over the Cooper River, features a walking and biking lane for a unique adventure.
No trip to Charleston is complete without taking in the extraordinary food scene. From incredible innovations and twists on Southern classics to the traditional shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles, the always-evolving food city has it all.
Just a quick 45 minute drive from downtown, the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Palms and the Wild Dunes Resort awaits visitors. Featuring a world-class tennis center and stunning views of the Atlantic ocean, the Isle of Palms is a perfect getaway.
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Kiawah Resort is home to beaches and views of the Atlantic unrivaled by much of South Carolina’s coastline. The resort is on an island just an hour from Charleston and is the perfect place for championship-level golf and tennis.
The Volvo Car Open is the oldest women’s-only tennis tournament in the world and continues to be one of the players’ and fans’ favorite stops on the WTA tour. The only green clay event in the world, there are very few better, more intimate places to take in pro tennis than the Family Circle Cup Tennis Center.
WTA Charleston (4/2-4/8)
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Davis Cup Quarterfinals (4/6-4/8)
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