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Many people travel to Charleston to enjoy some great shopping, beaches, and markets, and stopping over for at least day or two in Charleston is more than worthwhile if you're traveling through the United States's South Carolina region. Charleston is one of the United States's more well-known travel destinations, and its most popular attractions include the Rainbow Row and Market Street. There's a lot more interesting things to see and do in Charleston, so be sure check out this Charleston travel guide in more detail.
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Charleston is a city blessed with many really good restaurants. Two of the most fun are slightly out of the way near the Medical University. They  are across the street from each other and offer food at opposite ends of the scale: At Hominy Grill you will find classic Southern food with a twist (The New York Times critic LOVED this place). Across the street is Lana where the cuisine is contemporary with a Mediterranean (Italian) twist. Hominy has a nice "homey" feel while Lana is sleek and modern. Both are favorites with locals.
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Two of my favorite attractions that you may miss are Cypress Gardens and Mepkin Abbey. I absolutely love to take a rowboat ride through the blackwater swamp at Cypress Gardens. You can also check out the gardens and the butterfly paviolion, among other things. Don't miss the opportunity to walk the gardens and labyrinth at Mepkin Abbey. The pristine site along the Cooper River offers you a peaceful respite from the harried pace of modern-day life.
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High Tea in the USA? Charleston Place Hotel has a high tea service available every day. Your choice of teas comes with tea sandwiches, petifours, and other treats.  Classical piano accompaniment is a regular. The tea service area is in the hotel's lobby at Charleston place, topped by a great chandelier. The only downside is the stream of tourists and shoppers passing through the lobby on their way to Market Street.
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