Charleston is America;singparens most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich, 300-year heritage. Since its founding in 1670, the port city has played an important and often pivotal role in American history. A stroll down Charleston;singparens streets is a stroll into the past. The city is host to one of America;singparens most important arts festivals, Spoleto, and has been recognized by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top ten domestic destinations for five consecutive years. Charleston also has some of the finest restaurants in the Southeast, featuring fresh seafood and other Lowcountry specialties.