Welcome to Charleston! Whether you prefer to spend time strolling through our historic neighborhoods, exploring our museums, enjoying the diversity of our commercial district, or simply relaxing in one of our beautiful parks, Charleston has something to offer every visitor. Our mild climate offers year-round outdoor opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Cultural events such as the Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Spoleto, and the Moja Arts Festival attract visitors from all over the world to celebrate the arts with us, while dozens of galleries, theaters, and musical venues provide visitors and residents alike with an ever-changing menu of entertainment.
Charleston is unique in that it is a living city as well as a livable one. Our historic districts are full of people who live and work in buildings that have stood the test of time some for decades, most for centuries. Even in the center of downtown Charleston, ours is a city that is best experienced on foot, so that every detail, every nuance, can be savored to the fullest.
The religious and community sites featured in this itinerary are some of the best our city has to offer. Charleston's nickname, "the Holy City,"' speaks to the many religious sites that serve our neighborhoods, some of which are more than 250 years old. The variety of civic buildings in our city illustrate Charleston's ongoing importance as a seat of government and commerce, dating all the way back to its founding in 1670. These buildings are our pride and the heart of our community, and we are proud to share them with you.
After sampling the charm of Charleston through this virtual tour, we hope that you will come and visit us in person to enjoy the rest of our wonderful city. An unforgettable experience awaits you.
Most sincerely yours,
Joseph P. Riley, Jr.