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Long Treks, But Worth It: Charleston, S.C.( CHARLESTON AREA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU / July 2, 2013 )
South Carolina's oldest city gives visitors a diversity of fun summer activities to choose from: enjoy the Charleston Harbor, stuff your face with Southern BBQ or explore the history of the city. Whatever you do, you'll have a good time doing it.
Distance from Baltimore: 570 miles
Summer events/activities: Missing the '90s? See the nostalgic Under the Sun Tour at the North Charleston Coliseum (5001 Coliseum Drive; northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com or 843-529-5000) on Aug. 9 featuring Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Vertical Horizon and Fastball. Look out for Trophy Lakes (3050 Marlin Road, Johns Island, S.C.; trophylakes.com or 843-559-2520; $25 for the first hour, $40 for four) where beginners can learn to waterski and wakeboard.
Cool lodging: The John Rutledge House Inn (116 Broad St.; johnrutledgehouseinn.com or 800-476-9741) has remarkable architecture and countless amenities. Visit Creekside Lands Inn (2545 Savannah Highway; creeksidelandsinn.com or 843-763-8885) for a less costly stay right by a tidal saltwater creek and a small private dock for crabbing and fishing.
Eat here: The Grocery (4 Cannon St.; thegrocerycharleston.com or 843-302-8825) offers Southern and Mediterranean flavors and fresh local veggies. Or try The Green Door (251 E. Bay St.; thegreendoorchs.com or 843-754-9914), an Asian fusion restaurant with fantastic house kimchi.
Don't miss: Check out the Charleston Harbor as you listen to live blues band and gorge on a barbecue buffet with the Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises available all summer long (10 Wharfside St.; charlestonharbortours.com or 888-224-5037; $39.95).