Charleston is a city preserved by care and novelty, but this isn’t to say that Charleston is outdated or boring. Aside from being a beautiful and historic city, Charleston offers a variety of activities and events to choose from. The city is a national tourist destination that attracts those from far and wide to the annual Piccolo Spoleto arts festival and the Festival of Houses and Gardens. Three other colleges (CSU, the Citadel, and Trident Tech) are nearby, so even though Charleston is not a huge college town, there are enough college students to go around. Whether you’re into sports or art, outdoor activities or indoor, shopping or surfing, there is always something to do. Shops on King and Meeting Streets are only blocks away from campus. Beaches (yes, more than one) are only a 20-minute drive, and there are more restaurants downtown than anyone could ever eat at in a lifetime.
You may hear some stories of Hollywood celebrities graduating from the College or building a summer home here, but there are more stories to tell that are rich in history, meaning, and significance. Even students who have come to know Charleston as their home are freshly impressed and amazed by the beauty and history this city has to offer. The vendors on Market Street and the spooky ghost and dungeon tours are popular among students and tourists alike. Even just taking a leisurely walk around town is sure to be a feast for the eyes—mansions and spectacular gardens are in abundance south of Broad Street. If you are looking for skyscrapers, rush-hour traffic, and the hustle and bustle of a metropolis, search elsewhere. If you’re looking for laid-back, sweet-tea drinking, easy-going Southern culture, Charleston is just right for you.