The port city of Charleston, the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina was founded in 1670. Voted the No. 1 City in the World and No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada in the Travel & Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards it is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.
Charleston is a major tourist destination, with a considerable number of luxury hotels, hotel chains, inns, and bed and breakfasts, and a large number of award-winning restaurants and quality shopping. Charleston had an estimated population of 132,609 in 2015.