Southern charm, hospitality and history imbue Charleston, one of the best-preserved cities in the United States. Visitors can't help but feel they have been magically transported to another era. Stroll down cobbled streets past magnificent churches, grand mansions and beautiful gardens, all meticulously maintained. History buffs will relish the old plantations and numerous historical museums dedicated to the Civil War and the Old South. Steeped in tradition, Charleston still manages a modern flair. Fine restaurants featuring gourmet Southern cuisine and fashionable boutiques line the streets. This effortless mix of past and present attracts visitors from around the world.