Historic charm and sumptuous Southern cuisine make Charleston a premier destination. This South Carolina gem, founded in 1670, is known for horse-drawn carriages ambling along cobblestone streets lined with antebellum houses, and where visitors can explore secret alleyways and hidden courtyards to find serene settings. In the middle of the harbor lies Fort Sumter, site of the first shots that launched the nation into the Civil War. This stately city also serves as the site of "America's First Theatre" which opened in 1736, and the nation's first municipal college founded in 1770. For foodies, no visit would be complete without a bowl of shrimp n' grits, she-crab soup and other delectable delights. Charleston also offers several day-trip opportunities, including a visit to the beaches and the nation's oldest gardens. Before embarking on your historic journey with family or friends, let Suiteness help you find the perfect suite for your stay.