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  • 1. Aiken-Rhett House Museum

    Upper King | Historic Home

    A prime example of the wealth derived from chattel slavery, the Aiken-Rhett House is considered one of the best preserved town-house complexes...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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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  • 8. Gibbes Museum of Art

    Downtown Historic District | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a beautiful Beaux Arts building with a soaring stained-glass cupola, this museum boasts a collection of 10,000 works, principally...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Nathaniel Russell House Museum

    South of Broad | Historic Home

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

  • 12. Old Slave Mart Museum

    Downtown Historic District | Museum/Gallery

    Used as a site for the auctioning of enslaved people (as well as a jail and morgue) until 1863, this building is now a museum that educates...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. South Carolina Historical Society Museum

    Downtown Historic District | Museum/Gallery

    Trace 350 years of the state's history through the interactive exhibits here, focusing on everything from Native American cultures and the atrocities...Read More

  • 15. St. Philip's Church

    Market | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded around 1680, St. Philip's didn't move to its current site until the 1720s, becoming one of the three churches that gave Church Street...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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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  • 20. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    This remnant of Charles Pinckney's 715-acre birthplace was winnowed down by development, but today the National Park Service uses archaeological...Read More

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