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About Charleston

Charleston offers a fascinating mix of history, architecture, and culture with a modern sense of style and a youthful atmosphere. Named in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston was a strategic city in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The mansions along the Battery speak to the affluence of older generations—while today’s city has transformed itself into a center of creative pursuits.  

King Street is Charleston's main street; it is a shopping paradise featuring an antiques district, a high-end fashion district, several art galleries, and a wide variety of restaurants. Perpendicular to King Street is Market Street, where The Art Institute of Charleston resides. This street hosts an old fashioned market featuring the work of local artisans whose talents attract locals and tourists alike.

The laid back and eclectic Folly Beach is less than ten miles from Charleston's center to the south while the luxurious beach front community of Isle of Palms is just ten miles to the north. This lovely city on the sea, with its extended summer season, is ideal for water sports like sailing, surfing, fishing, and kayaking.

Businesses that call Charleston home include Boeing South Carolina, Alcoa, People Matter, Sparc, Blue Acorn and BoomTown.

About Charleston

What makes Charleston special?

Charleston was named the Top U.S. City in Condé Nast Traveler's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.

The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

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