Attractions

Top Choice Plantation in Charleston County Sea Islands

McLeod Plantation

Opened to the public in 2015, this James Island plantation offers an honest and frankly devastating account of the lives of the enslaved and later (theoretically) emancipated African Americans who lived and worked h…
Top Choice Fort in Charleston County Sea Islands

Fort Moultrie

This layered fort encapsulates the history of US coastal defense spanning nearly 200 years and four wars. Aspects of the fort have been restored to help visitors understand the evolution of architecture, weaponry an…
Top Choice Historic Building in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Heyward-Washington House

As the name hints, this 1772 Georgian-style town house is kind of a big deal because George Washington rented it for a week, and visitors can stand in what was likely his bedroom. The owner, Thomas Heyward, Jr, was …
Top Choice Historic Building in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Aiken-Rhett House

The only surviving urban town-house complex, this 1820 abode gives a fascinating glimpse into antebellum life on a 45-minute self-guided audio tour. The role of slaves is emphasized and visitors wander into their do…
Top Choice Historic Site in Charleston

Fort Sumter National Monument

The first shots of the Civil War rang out at Fort Sumter, on a pentagon-shaped island in the harbor. A Confederate stronghold, this fort was shelled to bits by Union forces from 1863 to 1865. A few original guns and…
Top Choice Historic Site in Charleston County Sea Islands

Angel Oak Tree

Some folks reckon this Southern live oak tree is 1500 years old (others says it's 400 to 500 years old). Whatever the case, it's one of the oldest living organisms east of the Mississippi, standing 66.5ft tall and m…
Top Choice Museum in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Old Slave Mart Museum

Formerly called Ryan's Mart, this building once housed an open-air market that auctioned African American men, women and children in the mid-1800s, the largest of 40 or so similar auction houses. South Carolina's sh…
Top Choice State Park in Upcountry

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…
Top Choice Island in Lowcountry

Daufuskie Island

For those looking for an escape just a touch less discovered than Hilton Head, this idyllic island offers a sublime day trip and a window into the Lowcountry's slower-paced past. The attractions of the island – a hi…
Top Choice Island in Lowcountry

Bulls Island

Part of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, this pristine barrier island offers a haunting 'boneyard beach' (pines and myrtles poke out of the sand, having been stripped of their leaves by the salty air), great sh…