Charleston

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  • 1. Folly Beach

    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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  • 2. 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

  • 3. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park

    Park/Playground

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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

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

    College of Charleston Campus | 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    This site includes the last 28 acres of the plantation owned by Charles Pinckney, a drafter and signer of the U.S. Constitution. You can tour...Read More

  • 9. Charleston Visitor Center

    Upper King | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Exhibits about Lowcountry culture and a 36-minute film called Forever Charleston make a fine introduction to the city. The first 30 minutes...Read More

  • 10. Circular Congregational Church

    Market | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The first church building erected on this site in the 1680s gave bustling Meeting Street its name. The present-day Romanesque structure, dating...Read More

  • 11. City Hall

    North of Broad | Government Building

    The intersection of Meeting and Broad streets is known as the Four Corners of Law, representing the laws of nation, state, city, and church...Read More

  • 12. College of Charleston

    College of Charleston Campus | Educational Institution

    A majestic Greek revival portico, Randolph Hall—an 1828 building designed by Philadelphia architect William Strickland—presides over the college...Read More

  • 13. Colleton Museum & Farmers Market

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum chronicles the history of this small Southern town, displaying everything from butter churns to the country's first anesthesia machine...Read More

  • 14. Edisto Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Edisto's south edge has 4 miles of public beach. At its western end, the beach faces St. Helena Sound and has smaller waves. There is beach...Read More

  • 15. Francis Marion National Forest

    Forest

    Pack a picnic and your fishing poles, or hit the hiking, biking, horseback-riding, and motorbike trails in 260,000 acres of swamps, lakes, oaks...Read More

  • 16. French Protestant (Huguenot) Church

    Market | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The circa-1845 Gothic-style church is home to the nation's only practicing Huguenot congregation. English-language services are held Sunday...Read More

  • 17. Front Beach at Isle of Palms

    Beach–Sight

    If you want a singles scene and beach bars with live music and bikini contests, then this stretch of Isle of Palms is for you. Its string of...Read More

  • 18. Geechie Boy Market and Mill

    Local Interest–Sight

    Driving down Highway 174, look out for a giant red roadside chair. It welcomes folks to stop for a photo op and a trip inside a vintage-style...Read More

  • 19. Magnolia Cemetery

    North Morrison | Cemetery

    Ancient oak trees drip Spanish moss over funerary sculptures and magnificent mausoleums in this cemetery on the Cooper River. It opened in 1850...Read More

  • 20. Mepkin Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This active Trappist monastery overlooking the Cooper River is on the site of the former plantation home of Henry Laurens. It was later the...Read More

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