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Charleston Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2016

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South Carolina is a beautiful slice of countryside presented to you with the warm hospitality and lilting Southern accent of Lowcountry folk. And while life here may seem to move at a slower pace, Charleston has some of the richest history in the United States and there’s an over-abundance of things to do and see. If three days is all you’ve got, here’s how to go about spending it.

Day One: Get Oriented

Charleston is a big city, but not overwhelmingly so. Most points of interest can be centered around the Historic District and it’s here where you should first orient yourself. Start the day with a stroll through Meeting Street, and walk the Museum Mile. A vast array of historical and cultural attractions meets you along this pleasant pathway, and you can get a good survey of the exquisite antebellum mansions that define the area. Consider a picnic at the White Point Garden or go for a stroll along its beautiful promenade. Then, at the Charleston Market, and rub shoulders with the locals, try some famous sweet tea, and pick up some freshly picked fruits and vegetables, as well as a few souvenirs to mark your introduction to the Lowcountry.

Day Two: Explore Charleston’s History

There’s a lot of history packed into this one-time Colonial town. From the late 1600s onward, important history has been made in Charleston and one of the best ways to get a sense of this is by visiting Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum where, along with getting an introduction to the beautiful Charleston Harbor, you’ll find the USS Yorktown (a retired aircraft carrier), the USS Clamagore (a wartime submarine), and the USS Laffey (a retired battleship), as well as the history of each ship and the region. In the afternoon, head over to the Circular Congregational Church and explore their graveyard to see how almost 300 years of history has shaped this iconic meeting place.

Day Three: Go Beyond

Some of the distinctive beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry is held in its majestic waterways, and there’s no better way to experience them than by getting out of the city’s borders for a day by the coast. Consider a day trip to one of the area’s wonderful beaches which offer everything from scenic getaways to resort-style adventure, or delve into the antebellum past of the Old South and visit a plantation to see why the area is so beloved.

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Historical Charleston Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House Visit, Charleston, null
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Historical Charleston Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House Visit

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 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: 90-minutes or 2-hours

From USD $21.99
Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour, Charleston, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour

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Travel by horse-drawn carriage along the picturesque streets of Charleston and take in the history of this South Carolina city. See highlights such as ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.99
History and Movie Tour of Beaufort by Van, Hilton Head Island, Historical & Heritage Tours
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History and Movie Tour of Beaufort by Van

Learn about Beaufort's 300 years of rich history on this 1-hour tour. While riding in an air-conditioned van, see beautiful antebellum homes and scenic views. ...  Read more

Location: Beaufort, South Carolina
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston, Charleston, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Experience the beauty and history of downtown Charleston from underneath the awning of a horse drawn carriage. Listen to the rich stories told by your engaging ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.99
Haunted History Walking Tour of Charleston, Charleston, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Haunted History Walking Tour of Charleston

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Charleston's past is full of tragic events that shaped it's history. Join our amazing professional guide for a 90-minute evening walking tour exploring ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.99
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Civil War Reconstruction Tour of Beaufort by Van, Hilton Head Island, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Civil War Reconstruction Tour of Beaufort by Van

Journey back to 1861 in Beaufort and learn about the Reconstruction on this 2-hour tour by van. Listen to the Civil War history of Beaufort and the period when ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.00
South Carolina Aquarium Admission, Charleston, Historical & Heritage Tours
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South Carolina Aquarium Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore more than 60 fascinating exhibits at the South Carolina Aquarium, located on historic Charleston Harbor. See and learn about a wide variety of animals ...  Read more

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Duration: Flexible

From USD $24.95
Birds of Prey Guided Tour and Flight Demonstration at the Avian Conservation Center, Charleston, ... 
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Birds of Prey Guided Tour and Flight Demonstration at the Avian Conservation Center

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

The Center for Birds of Prey offers an intimate encounter with nearly 50 species of birds of prey including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites and vultures. ...  Read more

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

From USD $14.99
2-Hour Historical Walking Tour of Charleston, Charleston, Attraction Tickets
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2-Hour Historical Walking Tour of Charleston

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Take a 2-hour historical walking tour of Charleston with a guide, who introduces you to the culture, spirit, and heritage of the Holy City. You'll pass by ...  Read more

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

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