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April and May are the best months to visit Charleston. Flowers are blooming, the weather is mild and there are plenty of festivals and events to attend. Participate in the Cooper River Bridge Run on April 6; check out the Volvo Car Open Tennis Tournament March 30 through April 7; attend the North Charleston Arts Festival May 1–5; and take the kids to the Piccolo Spoleto festival for fun-filled activities. Some exciting places to stay the night include Charleston Marriott and Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview.