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  • Address: 83 to 107 East Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Rainbow Row Tours

This street of brightly colored homes in Charleston is easily the most photographed spot in the city. With one look at the architecture, beauty and Southern style that these houses represent, it’s easy to see why. There are 14 different buildings on the row, each with its own piece of Charleston culture and history.

There are many rumors as to why the houses are painted with pastel colors, from identification for sailors returning home to indicating what the shops once contained. Others claim the houses are influenced by traditional Caribbean style.  

The Rainbow Row buildings were contructed in the 18th century. Historically, they were once at the heart of Charleston’s commercial area, with shops on the first floor and the owners living above. After a period of neglect, they were renovated by a local woman in the early 19th century and have been restored and revered ever since. The area is are now completely residential and is one of the most famous architectural landmarks in the state.

Practical Info

Rainbow Row is located from 83 to 107 East Bay Street in Charleston, between Tradd Street and Elliot Street. It is a short walk from Waterfront Park. Taking a carriage tour is another popular way to see the homes.

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Historic Charleston Walking Tour, Charleston, null
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Historic Charleston Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

Join your knowledgeable and engaging local tour guide for a relaxing 2-hour stroll through the quaint and charming streets of the historic district, all the ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs

From USD $20.00
Historical Charleston Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House Visit, Charleston, Historical & ... 
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Historical Charleston Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House Visit

4 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

On this historical Charleston tour, journey back in time as your guide reveals the beauty and charm of one of America's most historic cities. Learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: Varies

From USD $24.00
A Short History of Charleston Walking Tour, Charleston, Historical & Heritage Tours
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A Short History of Charleston Walking Tour

Hear the story of historical Charleston on this 2-hour walking tour. Charleston’s history stretches back nearly four centuries - that’s a lot of ground to ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.00
Charleston's Alleys and Hidden Passages, Charleston, Walking Tours
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Charleston's Alleys and Hidden Passages

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Explore some of Charleston's enchanting alleys and hidden passages on this guided, small group, 2-hour walking tour. With our small group tours, you are ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, More, Charleston, Walking Tours
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Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, More

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Tour where carriages and motorcoaches are not allowed as you take a fascinating stroll with stories and traditions revealing Charleston’s rich history and ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Charleston's Most Beautiful Walk, Charleston, Walking Tours
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Charleston's Most Beautiful Walk

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This 2-hour walk, which takes place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, has been curated by a professional guide and incorporates some of Historic ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Very Charleston City Walking Tour, Charleston, Walking Tours
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Very Charleston City Walking Tour

Experience this guided, 80 minute exploration of Charleston’s history, culture, and country charm inspired by Diana Gessler’s celebrated book, "Very ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 80 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.00

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