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  • 1. Aiken-Rhett House Museum

    North of Broad | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of Charleston's most stately mansions, built in 1820 and virtually unaltered since 1858, has been preserved rather than restored, meaning...Read More

  • 2. Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

    Mount Pleasant and Vicinity | Garden/Arboretum

    A drive through a ½-mile-long live-oak alley draped in Spanish moss introduces you to this still-functioning plantation, the oldest of its kind...Read More

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  • 3. Charles Towne Landing

    West of the Ashley River | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    There's plenty to see and do in this park marking the original 1670 settlement of Charles Towne, the first permanent European settlement in...Read More

  • 4. Edisto Beach State Park

    Beach–Sight

    This 1,255-acre park includes a 1½-mile-long beachfront with some of the area's best shelling, marshland, and tidal rivers, and a lush maritime...Read More

  • 5. Folly Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Anchored by the Folly Beach Pier, this is the Lowcountry's most iconic summer playground. Head out early to avoid traffic if you're visiting...Read More

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  • 6. Fort Sumter National Monument

    North of Broad | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Set on a man-made island in Charleston's harbor, this is the hallowed spot where the Civil War began. On April 12, 1861, the first shot of the...Read More

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  • 7. Gibbes Museum of Art

    North of Broad | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a beautiful Beaux Arts building, this museum boasts a collection of 10,000 works, principally American with a local connection. An...Read More

  • 8. Great Swamp Sanctuary

    Park/Playground

    Boardwalks and hiking, biking, and canoe trails weave through this lovely 600-acre park, sometimes referred to as Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary...Read More

  • 9. Kiawah Beachwalker Park

    Beach–Sight

    This county park about 28 miles southwest of Charleston has a wide beach at low tide, often ranked among the country's best. Stunningly beautiful...Read More

  • 10. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

    West of the Ashley River | Garden/Arboretum

    Sprawling, beautiful Magnolia Plantation was established in the 1670s by Thomas Drayton after he moved from Barbados. The extensive garden—the...Read More

  • 11. Middleton Place

    West of the Ashley River | Garden/Arboretum

    Established in the 1730s, Middleton Place was at the center of the Middleton family’s empire of rice plantations, which consisted of 63,000...Read More

  • 12. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park

    Mount Pleasant and Vicinity | Park/Playground

    Sprawling beneath the Ravenel Bridge, this beautifully landscaped green space invites lounging on the grass with views of Charleston Harbor...Read More

  • 13. Nathaniel Russell House Museum

    South of Broad | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of the nation's finest examples of Federal-style architecture, the Nathaniel Russell House was built in 1808 and is restored to a 19th-century...Read More

  • 14. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

    Mount Pleasant and Vicinity | Museum/Gallery

    Climb aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier—which contains the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum—as well as the destroyer USS Laffey...Read More

  • 15. South Carolina Aquarium

    North of Broad | Zoo/Aquarium

    Get up close and personal with more than 5,000 creatures at this waterfront attraction, where exhibits invite you to journey through distinctive...Read More

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  • 16. Sullivan's Island Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This is one of the most pristine beaches in the Charleston area. The beachfront is owned by the town, including 200 acres of walkable maritime...Read More

  • 17. The Battery

    South of Broad | Park/Playground

    During the Civil War, the Confederate army mounted cannons in the Battery, at the southernmost point of Charleston's peninsula, to fortify the...Read More

  • 18. Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

    North of Broad | Museum/Gallery

    Part of the College of Charleston, this museum and archive was once a school for African Americans, training students for professional careers...Read More

  • 19. Belmond Charleston Place

    North of Broad | Hotel–Sight

    The city's most renowned hotel is flanked by upscale boutiques and specialty shops, as well as several restaurants. Stop in for cocktails, appetizers...Read More

  • 20. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

    Mount Pleasant and Vicinity | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Maritime forests, barrier islands, salt marshes, beaches, and coastal waterways make up this 66,287-acre refuge established in 1932 as a migratory...Read More

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