Greater Charleston

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walking map of Charleston


The cobblestone streets of Charleston, South Carolina, wear the polish of more than 330 years of history, an enchanting chronology that is evident at every turn. Earthquake bolts and ornate ironwork festoon handsome antebellum dwellings, while copper lanterns and hitching posts hint at a bygone era. The delicate aroma of Carolina Jessamine dances amid the sea breezes. Church bells resonate with the hum of the city. The details of this architecturally rich city reveal themselves when the peninsula’s sidewalks and seawalls are explored on foot. Innately walkable, the east-west grid of streets stretches from shore to shore. Bookended by two rivers, which—it is said—converge to form the Atlantic Ocean, the downtown peninsula is hemmed in by water and sky.

At nearby barrier islands, the salty meringue of crashing surf and sway of the marsh on a rising tide give the Lowcountry its fluid tempo of life. The rustle of palmetto fronds, call of shorebirds and sound of families frolicking on the sand comprise the inviting soundtrack of the Charleston area’s archipelago.

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North Charleston

North Charleston promotes a blue collar lifestyle with walkable communities and sustainable living. Not only a terrific place to live, but as South Carolina’s retail leader, North Charleston offers the best shopping in the state from retail hubs to small neighborhood boutiques. A great place to work and especially play, whether at North Charleston’s Coliseum/Convention Center Complex or by the scenic Riverfront Park at our historical Naval Base Memorial.

North Charleston was recently awarded the National League of Cities Award for Municipal Excellence, Home Depot Foundation’s Award of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development, was recognized by Cottage Living Magazine as being home to one of the nation’s Top 10 Neighborhoods, by Men’s Journal for one of the nation’s Top 30 ‘Coolest Neighborhoods,’ and by Green Builder Magazine as being home to one of the nation’s Top Green Developments.

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Charleston’s jazz music legacy is little known. New Orleans owns the creation myth for jazz, but there is evidence that what happened in Charleston parallels, or perhaps, predates the New Orleans scene, especially if a musicological basis for tracing the history of jazz is used. If the history of jazz is approached as a look at the sociological development of enslaved Africans where European art was Africanized, not just blended with Africanisms, a consideration of Charleston is crucial.

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The Charleston area is located on the coast of South Carolina, midway between Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island. It is easily accessible by car—I-26 has its eastern terminus in Charleston and connects with I-20, I-85, I-40, I-77 and I-95 from the north. US Highway 17, the coastal north-south route, runs through Charleston and connects with I-95 from the south.

link to a map of the greater Charleston area


Charleston International Airport offers jet service from American Eagle, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Southwest Airlines, United Express and US Airways provides regular passenger service to the Charleston area.


Julian Transportation Service: 843-270-7774 A Limo Bus: 843-224-1523


Joe’s Catering Service By Buckshot’s—The official Caterer of The Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival

TOURISM—The Greater Charleston Area

Explore Charleston North Charleston Visitors Center Isle of Palms

The Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival
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