Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Charleston

Middleton Place

Designed in 1741, this plantation's vast gardens are the oldest in the US. Countless slaves spent years terracing the land and digging the precise geometric canals for the owner, wealthy South Carolina politician He…
Top Choice Beach in Charleston County Sea Islands

Kiawah Beachwater Park

This idyllic stretch of sun-toasted sand at the southern end of Kiawah Island has been called one of the top 10 beaches in the USA and is the only publicly accessible beach on Kiawah. Take a bike – the compact sand …
National Park in Columbia

Congaree National Park

Inky-black water, dyed with tannic acid leached from decaying plant matter. Bone-white cypress stumps like the femurs of long-dead giants. Spanish moss as dry and gray as witches' hair. There's nothing like hiking o…
Historic Building in Charleston

Nathaniel Russell House

A spectacular, self-supporting spiral staircase is the highlight at this 1808 Federal-style house, built by a Rhode Islander, known in Charleston as 'the king of the Yankees.' A meticulous ongoing restoration is hon…
State Park in Upstate

Table Rock State Park

The Upcountry's marquee natural attraction is Table Rock Mountain, a 3124ft-high mountain with a striking granite face. The 7.2-mile round-trip hike to its summit is a popular local challenge. For overnight stays, c…
Historic Building in Charleston

Aiken-Rhett House

The only surviving urban townhouse complex, this 1820 house gives a fascinating glimpse into antebellum life on a 45-minute self-guided audio tour. The role of slaves is emphasized, and you can wander into their dor…
Museum in Mt Pleasant

Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum

This museum is home to the USS Yorktown, a giant aircraft carrier used extensively in WWII. You can tour the ship's flight deck, bridge and ready rooms and get a glimpse of what life was like for its sailors. Also o…
Historic Building in Mt Pleasant

Boone Hall Plantation

Just 11 miles from downtown Charleston on Hwy 17N, Boone Hall Plantation is famous for its magical Avenue of Oaks, planted by Thomas Boone in 1743. Boone Hall is still a working plantation, though strawberries, toma…
Museum in Charleston

Old Slave Mart Museum

Ryan's Mart was an open-air market that auctioned African men, women and children in the mid 1800s, the largest of 40 or so similar auction houses. South Carolina's shameful past is unraveled in text-heavy exhibits …
Museum in Beaufort

Parris Island Museum

This fascinating museum covering marine-corps history has antique uniforms and weaponry but is most engaging for its exhibits chronicling the grueling, intense and scary (that CS gas-chamber exercise!) 13-week Marin…