Charleston is a jewel of the South, renowned for its evocative sense of antebellum history, beautiful mansions, magnolia-scented gardens and heady mix of influences from as far away as France, Africa and the West Indies.
The best way to see this lovely port city is by taking a stroll along its tree-lined avenues, focusing on the harbor streets surrounding King Street and Beaufain Street, and stopping off at boutiques, bars and restaurants.
Of course, you’ll want to visit some of Charleston’s fine homes near Battery Park. Mansions not to miss include the Aiken-Rhett House, the stately Edmonston-Alston House, Heyward-Washington House and Joseph Manigault House.
Learn more about the history of Charleston at the city’s museum, or meet the local sea life at the South Carolina Aquarium. A visit to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, is a short boat tour from Charleston.
Charleston is on the Atlantic coast. The city’s heart is the peninsula’s southern tip, lapped by the harbor and the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.