One of the South’s most iconic cities, Charleston has perennial appeal for travelers. Eye-candy abounds throughout the city’s walkable center, from pastel row houses to white-columned antebellum mansions and leafy streets. This setting, together with superb Southern cuisine and green spaces for outdoor activities, makes Charleston a prime domestic American travel destination. Fodor’s InFocus Charleston also covers a side trip to popular Hilton Head. Compact Format: Fodor's InFocus Guides are packed with the same coverage of a full-size guidebook in a smaller, more convenient format that is easier to carry. New Coverage: New hotels, shops, and nightlife options have been added throughout the guide. The city’s cutting-edge restaurant scene gets special attention. Color Section: Eight pages of gorgeous photographs capture Charleston’s top attractions and experiences. Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: A planner gives useful, practical overviews of trip-planning information, and Top Attractions features the must-see attractions and experiences. Best Bets highlight the best-of-the-best hotels and restaurants based on travelers’ interests. Top Outdoor Experiences covers the best beaches, biking, boating, and golfing in the region. And Quick Bites call out places to stop, catch a quick lunch, and rest your feet about town. Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s InFocus Charleston offers savvy advice and recommendations from expert and local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
Born in 1905 and raised in Czechoslovakia, Eugene Fodor joined the U.S. Army’s psychological-warfare branch during World War II. He emerged a decorated war hero, thanks to his leadership in the liberation of Prague and Pilsen.
Multilingual and with extensive travel intelligence, Fodor began working for the CIA during the Cold War. His publishing career began in 1936 when Fodor created the first modern guidebook and many of his guidebook writers were undercover CIA agents. Fodor revolutionized the travel publishing industry, inspiring new generations to explore the world around them. An American, a Hungarian, a world citizen, a CIA agent, a war hero, a New York Times best-selling author, and an entrepreneur—Eugene Fodor was the spy who loved travel.