Charleston, South Carolina

Superb colonial and antebellum architecture, ornate old gardens, narrow cobbled streets, a rich turbulent history, and Southern charm define Charleston, one of America's premier destinations.

Located on a peninsula between the confluence of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, the city was the first English settlement in South Carolina. The surrounding Low Country has proved a rich and fertile land, producing rice, cotton, indigo and lumber. The great planter and merchant families that rose from this bounty made Charleston a glittering center of wealth, power and culture. The city has long prized and preserved its heritage. As you stroll the city's cobbled streets, history is on display. The College of Charleston was founded in 1770. The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, built 1771, was the sight of a Southern "Boston Tea Party" in 1773. St. Michael's Episcopal Church, built 1752, is the oldest church building in the city-both George Washington and Robert E. Lee attended services there, sitting in Pew 41. And it was in Charleston Harbor, of course, that the first rounds were fired in America's tragic Civil War.

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Points of Interest

  • Battery Park
  • U.S. Naval & Maritime History
  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
  • Fort Sumter
  • Nathaniel Russell House
  • Magnolia Plantation & Garden
  • Boone Hall
  • Joseph Manigault House

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  • Battery Park

    During the American Civil War, this public park was used for artillery. Today it is a landmark known for its stately antebellum homes and the White Point Gardens.

  • U.S. Naval & Maritime History

    In the early 1700s, pirates frequently plundered what was then known as "Charles Towne." One such infamous pirate was Blackbeard who was later killed in a battle with the Royal Navy. Charleston is home to Patriot's Point and the USS Yorktown and submarine Clamagore.

  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

    The Old Exchange is one of the most significant colonial buildings in the U.S. Beneath it lies the Provost Dungeon that was used by the British to detain their prisoners.

  • Fort Sumter

    This coastal fortification in the Charleston harbor is best known as the site of the start of the American Civil War when the first shots were fired at the Battle of Fort Sumter.

  • Nathaniel Russell House

    This Neoclassical house was built by a wealthy merchant in 1808. It was sold to the state in 1955. Today it is a National Historic Landmark that serves as a museum.

  • Magnolia Plantation & Garden

    This beautiful southern plantation features an ornate estate and 18th-century garden, complete with manicured beds, rice fields, swampland and bird-watching opportunities.

  • Boone Hall

    On one of America's oldest working plantations, watch live presentations on the history of the plantation, see exhibits about slavery or visit the Butterfly Pavilion.

  • Joseph Manigault House

    This historic house was designed in the Adam style and completed in 1803. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973. Today, it is part of the Charleston Museum.

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A Walk Through Haunted Charleston

1.5 hours | Charleston | C H S - 3 9 0
  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Charleston proudly wears the moniker of the most haunted city in America, and this chilling, fright-seeing 1.5-hour walk through its cobbled streets introduces you to some of its oldest and most mysterious residents. Led by a storyteller guide, you'll uncover the spine-tingling secrets and paranormal hotspots. If you dare.

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Charleston Highlights Scenic Drive

2 hours | Charleston | C H S - 1 1 0
  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
  • Battery Park

This narrated scenic drive is perfect for passengers who wish to see the city's major sights with little or no walking.

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Grand Houses of Charleston Walking Tour

2.75 hours | Charleston | C H S - 3 8 0
  • Battery Park
  • Nathaniel Russell House

Stroll with your guide down lovely streets and lanes and view the marvelous architecture of homes built more than a century ago. The tour covers just over one mile and includes presentations in two of the most renowned of Charleston's museum houses.

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Historic Charleston & Joseph Manigault House

3 hours | Charleston | C H S - 1 0 0
  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
  • Battery Park
  • Joseph Manigault House

A scenic, narrated drive through the city's historic districts includes a visit to the beautiful Joseph Manigault House, an Adams style mansion built in 1803.

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Local Connections: A Bird's Eye View Of Charleston Art Walk & Demonstration with Artist Amelia Whaley

2.5 hours | Charleston | C H S - 3 4 0

Experience the beauty of Charleston through the eyes of an artist on a guided Art Walk led by a certified Charleston tour professional and one of Charleston's local artists, Amelia "Mimi" Whaley. This exceptional gallery tour explores Charleston's legacy, rich culture and tradition in fine arts that can be traced throughout its history.

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Local Connections: The Architecture Of Charleston Walking Tour with Expert Guide

2.5 hours | Charleston | C H S - 3 5 0

Discover Charleston's unique architectural heritage on a guided walking tour with an expert local guide. Established more than 300 years ago, Charleston today displays exceptional examples of a myriad of American architectural styles. View stately private homes, graceful churches and impressive public buildings while learning about their historical and cultural background and the city's preservation efforts.

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Patriots Point & Charleston Naval History

3.5 hours | Charleston | C H S - 3 1 0
  • U.S. Naval & Maritime History

Tour one of the world'' largest naval and maritime museums. At Patriots Point, you'll board the legendary aircraft carrier, the "USS Yorktown" and ride a Navy Flight Simulator.

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Charleston Tea Plantation

3.5 hours | Charleston | C H S - 2 5 0

Learn how tea is grown and cultivated with a tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation. Explore the tea groves on a narrated trolley ride, walk through the production building and see the equipment needed to make tea, sip a sample of tea and purchase a souvenir from the gift shop.

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Local Connections: Walking Tour With Gourmand, Hoon Calhoun

2.5 hours | Charleston | C H S - 3 3 0

A cornucopia of tasty delights greets you on a guided walking tour of Charleston's top gastronomic hot spots. Local gourmand Hoon Calhoun brings his irrepressible enthusiasm as you stroll through historical areas and visit restaurants and shops to learn more about the region's culinary traditions and taste your way through this foodie-focused city.

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Boone Hall Plantation & Historic Charleston

4 hours | Charleston | C H S - 2 1 0
  • Battery Park
  • Boone Hall

Experience the grace and charm of the Old South on a narrated drive through historic Charleston, just one reason to choose this easy half day tour. Marvel at the antebellum homes, the prestigious military institutions, and the beautiful seaside setting. Then see why Boone Hall is "America's Most Photographed Plantation."

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Fort Sumter & The Civil War in Charleston

4.5 hours | Charleston | C H S - 3 0 0
  • Battery Park
  • Fort Sumter

Step back in time to the 1860s as you travel by boat to Fort Sumter where the Civil War began. Then explore the old city by air-conditioned transportation and see the historic landmarks.

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Historic Charleston & Magnolia Gardens

6 hours | Charleston | C H S - 1 0 5
  • Battery Park
  • Magnolia Plantation & Garden

Tour Magnolia Gardens, one of the most beautiful romantic gardens in the world, followed by a city tour. Boxed lunch at the Plantation is included.

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