Charleston

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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. 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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  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

    Mount Pleasant and Vicinity | 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

  • 13. Charleston Museum

    North of Broad | Museum/Gallery

    Although housed in a modern-day brick complex, this institution was founded in 1773 and is the country's oldest museum. The collection is especially...Read More

  • 14. Charleston Visitor Center

    North of Broad | 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

  • 15. Circular Congregational Church

    North of Broad | 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

  • 16. City Hall

    South 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

  • 17. City Market

    North of Broad | 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

  • 18. College of Charleston

    North of Broad | Educational Institution

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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Dock Street Theatre

    North of Broad | Arts/Performance Venue

    The original Dock Street, built in 1736, was the first theater building in America. The current structure, reopened in 1935 and renovated in...Read More

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