Appropriately placed at the intersection of King and Calhoun Streets in the heart of the Charleston Peninsula, the Francis Marion Hotel is perhaps the most renowned structure in the city’s skyline alongside the Holy City’s steeples. Named after the Revolutionary War figure, the 12-story hotel—overlooking the lush park at Marion Square—fuses 1920s elegance with 21st-century contemporary comforts. Just inside the main lobby is the Swamp Fox Restaurant, serving award-winning shrimp and grits. After a meal serenaded by live jazz, walk just north and peruse the transformation of the Upper King Street District. This strip of bars, restaurants and shops bears the current pulse of the city, with countless concepts on every corner, and each feels more unique than the last. Browse for men's threads at Cartel Supply Co., and see the mixologists at the Prohibition-era Belmont work their magic for a taste of younger-generation Charleston.