Charleston, South Carolina is not just the best city in the United States. Many would argue it’s the best city in the WORLD. But for the third consecutive year, it has officially been named the No. 1 city in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice awards. So if you’re looking to plan a trip to the Holy City, there’s no better time than now. Here are a few Charleston SC Attractions you must see during your visit.
By far, Battery Park is one of the most beloved areas in downtown Charleston. It is cornered by the Cooper River on one side and the Ashley River on the other. The Battery is a fortified seawall at the tip of the Charleston peninsula. Located at East Battery Street at Murray Boulevard, Battery Park is lined with historic antebellum homes and has White Point Garden as its centerpiece.
Isle of Palms
Take a walk on the beach at the Isle of Palms. You will travel across the Connector Bridge and behold a salt marsh, beach, ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. The entire island is 7-miles long and 1-mile wide. It’s only about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston.
Charleston City Market
Big for tourists and locals as well, the Charleston City Market is a hot spot for everyone. Browse and buy from a variety of vendors selling high quality products. Those products could include paintings, Charleston’s famous sweetgrass baskets and pottery. The Charleston City Market is the perfect place to learn all about Charleston. It’s open 364 days a year.
South Carolina Aquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium is home to 60 unique habitats and a 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. There is a 4-D adventure theater and albino alligator exhibit, along with a renovated Saltmarsh Aviary.
Fort Sumter National Monument
Situated on a man-made island at the entrance to the Charleston Harbor, the site serving Fort Sumter is the location of the first engagement of the American Civil War. Fort Sumter National Monument was established in 1948.
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Take an early morning walk or bike ride across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. You’ll find unparalleled views of the Cooper River from above.
There’s no question about it. You must visit King Street during your trip to Chucktown. All the action occurs between Calhoun and Market Streets in Charleston.
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens
This is one of America’s oldest living, working plantations. It’s also the most photographed plantation in the United States. They have been growing and planting crops at Boone Hall for more than three centuries.
Make note of these Charleston SC attractions and then start planning your trip. We at Governor’s House Inn would love to provide more recommendations. We invite you to reserve your stay with us at one of Charleston’s most classic bed and breakfasts.
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