Andrew Atz, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Nothing Could Be Finer
Charleston, South Carolina, is a city known for its enchantment and charm, as well as its fascinating beauty, history and culture. Since its settlement in 1670 by English colonists, the charming historic seaport of Charleston has been a favorite vacation and relocation hub. Located on the coast of South Carolina, midway between Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, Charleston has been ranked as the second best city in the World, according to Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2017 readers’ survey.
Steeped in history, Charleston is often called a "living museum." Its past and present are intertwined like no other city, displayed in its culture, architecture, plantations and famous gardens. With its lively and historical festivals and cultural events, there's never a dull moment in Charleston. The city is always bustling with seasonal events such as the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, held each February, the Spoleto Festival USA, held each May, and the annual 10K Cooper River Bridge Run, held each April.
A night on the town in Charleston is more than a strip of fine dining. With downtown Charleston's array of food emporiums, bars and clubs, residents never have a lack of opportunity for activity on those precious nights spent not on-call. Take your friends and enjoy a midsummer night wine and art stroll through the town. Explore the supernatural world with a guided ghost tour of the city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the performance of the Charleston Symphony. No matter what your interests, there is always something going on in the Greater Charleston area.
If the outdoors are your calling, Charleston also provides ample opportunities to commune with the great outdoors, boasting favorable weather for a majority of the twelve months of a year. Take a guided kayak tour along the expansive Atlantic Coast or through the serene bends of the Ashley River.
Charleston was chosen as a best destination in by TripAdvisor® recently. With an international airport and easy interstate access, getting around Charleston is no problem. The mild coastal climate makes Charleston's world-renowned golf courses and beautiful beaches fun to enjoy year-round. Certainly, there is never a dull moment here in Charleston.
Charleston in a Snapshot
· Based on the latest census figures, the population of the Charleston area is 594,899.
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The U.S. News & World Report rankings once again place the MUSC Children’s Hospital heart program among the top 20 in the country. Six MUSC Children’s Hospital divisions are honored in the rankings: