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  • 1. Angel Oak Tree

    Viewpoint

    Live oak trees do as much to define the Lowcountry landscape as the salt marsh, and this gorgeous specimen is likely the oldest—and biggest...Read More

  • 2. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

    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

  • 3. Charles Towne Landing

    West Ashley | Zoo/Aquarium

    This off-the-radar gem of a park (and zoo) marks the site of the original 1670 settlement of Charles Towne, the first permanent European settlement...Read More

  • 4. Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    The town of Dorchester boomed during the 18th century before being abandoned at the onset of the Revolutionary War. All that remains of this...Read More

  • 5. Cypress Gardens

    Garden

    Explore the inky swamp waters of this natural area in a flat-bottom boat, or walk along paths lined with moss-draped cypress trees, azaleas...Read More

  • 6. Edisto Beach State Park

    Beach

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

  • 7. Folly Beach

    Folly Beach | Beach

    Charleston's most laid-back beach community fills up on weekends, so head out early to avoid traffic if you're visiting on a Saturday. A rebuild...Read More

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  • 8. Fort Moultrie

    Military Sight

    A part of the Fort Sumter National Monument, this is the site where Colonel William Moultrie's South Carolinians repelled a British assault...Read More

  • 9. Fort Sumter National Monument

    Military Sight

    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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  • 10. Joe Riley Waterfront Park

    Downtown Historic District | City Park

    Enjoy the fishing pier's "front-porch" swings, stroll along the waterside path, or relax in the gardens overlooking Charleston Harbor. The expansive...Read More

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  • 11. Kiawah Beachwalker Park

    Beach

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

  • 12. McLeod Plantation Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    Directly across the Ashley River from downtown Charleston, on James Island, this 37-acre site is the only former plantation in the area where...Read More

  • 13. Middleton Place

    West Ashley | Historic District/Site

    Established in the 1730s, Middleton Place was at the center of the Middleton family’s empire of rice plantations, where they enslaved 3,500...Read More

  • 14. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park

    City Park

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

  • 15. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

    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

  • 16. Sullivan's Island

    Beach

    The pristine Sullivan's Island beachfront is owned by the town, including 200 acres of walkable maritime forest overseen by the Lowcountry Open...Read More

  • 17. The Battery

    South of Broad | City Park

    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. The Charleston City Market

    Market | Market/Bazaar

    Most of the buildings that make up this popular attraction were constructed between 1804 and the 1830s to serve as the city's meat, fish, and...Read More

  • 19. Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Boardwalks and hiking, biking, and canoe trails weave through this lovely 600-acre park lorded over by ancient cypress and tupelo trees. One...Read More

  • 20. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

    Garden

    Celebrities Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have publicly distanced themselves from their 2012 wedding here at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens...Read More

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