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Charleston by Car

As the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina, Charleston is a picture-perfect town with historical gems and cultural beauty. When you're planning a trip to this seaside locale, there's a lot to explore. From the plantations to the beaches to the shopping and everything in between – having a Charleston rental car will get you swiftly from place to place. The sights, sounds and smells of this colonial Southern metropolis may be why Charleston is a member of Travel + Leisure Magazine's World's Best Awards Hall of Fame. For 10 years, Charleston has made its way to the magazine's annual list of readers' favorite destinations. Hop in your Charleston car rental and find out what everyone is talking about.

Visit Plantations
A visit to Charleston isn't complete without a visit to the Boone Hall Plantation, a symbol of Southern heritage dating back more than 300 years. This still working plantation is home to one of the world's longest oak-lined avenues, which is worth a trip in itself. Go on a house tour, view the gardens and slave cabins or catch a live performance. The Magnolia Plantation and Its Gardens is a pre-revolutionary war house that is a must-see for any history buff.

Go to the Theater
Charleston is home to an eclectic theater scene where visitors can enjoy classics and original productions on a nightly basis. Head to the Historic Dock Street Theatre where the Charleston Stage Company, South Carolina's largest professional theater company, puts on a full season of plays. Do you prefer musicals? You won't want to miss The Sound of Charleston, which puts on series of performances at local historic churches and synagogues. With more than 300 years of experience in theater, Charleston boasts some of the finest actors and productions in the country.

Grab a Big Bite of Charleston Cuisine
Park your car and board the Spiritline Dinner Cruise. This fine dining, seafaring restaurant boasts a fully stocked bar, dancing and unmatched views of the water and cityscape. But you don't have to venture off-land to dine on exquisite cuisine. Overlooking the historic City Market, the European-style Mercato hosts live jazz music nightly and a menu of fresh Italian dishes. For the best low country meal, head to Peninsula Grill, where fresh seafood pairs with local produce and the world's finest ingredients. Reservations are needed for this hotspot, so be sure to book early.

Behind the Wheel in South Carolina
And there is another reservation that you should make today – one for your desired Charleston rental car. Our Thrifty customer service representatives will have it all ready to go when you arrive.