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The 14 best things to do in Charleston

One of America’s most atmospheric and inviting cities, Charleston is easy to fall in love with. The Holy City - the oldest and largest city in South Carolina - was founded in 1670, and locals enjoy intimate access to breathtaking historical sites. While Charleston’s well-preserved architecture and Southern hospitality deservedly win raves, it’s the dining scene that has garnered international attention. Visit the best restaurants in Charleston and you'll encounter impassioned chefs serving their unique takes on traditional recipes and heirloom ingredients. If you check out all of Charleston’s best things to see, do, eat and drink, you’ll no doubt understand why it has been named the world’s best city to visit by numerous media outlets. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 13 best restaurants in Charleston

The city of Charleston is known for a few things: white sandy beaches, endless activities and things to do, a rich cultural history and a culinary scene that’s on par with both Paris and NYC. The city is home to a number of James Beard Award-winning and -nominated chefs and restaurants, which means that you have plenty of opportunities to have an amazing meal within the Holy City. No matter what you’re craving—from fried chicken to pizza to tacos and everything in between—there’s loads of great food to be eaten at the best restaurants in Charleston.