Unlike newer southern port cities, Charleston has maintained its historical image and continues to be recognized as a top cultural destination!

Charleston has a history easily comparable to cities of New England. Students and visitors may find themselves looking at the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture and think of Boston rather than the “Old South.” Such comparison should come as no surprise, though, as both areas were founded with English charters in the late 17th century. Though students will see horse drown carriages, such historical charm stands in stark contrast to the progressive nature of the city—consistently noted by national magazines including “#1 U.S. City” by Conde Nast and “second best-dressed city” by Travel and Leisure. 

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Charleston Harbor Cruise

A tour around the Charleston harbor is a great way to see the city. Boat captains will point out prominent Charleston landmarks, as well as provide information on the city’s rich and captivating history. 

Patriot’s Point

Home of the USS Yorktown, Patriot’s Point offers visitors a personal experience with naval history. Once on-deck, guests can tour the aircraft carrier, see a Medal of Honor museum or view 25 naval aircraft. 

Ghosts & Legends Walking Tour

Given the age of Charleston–over 350 years–tales of ghosts and mystic legends have delighted travelers for decades. Visitors are lead around town and shared stories dating back to the Revolutionary or Civil War. 

Carriage Ride

A carriage ride around Charleston is one of the most classic ways to experience the city. Tour guides lead visitors down cobblestone pathways while sharing local anecdotes, legends and facts about historical landmarks. 

Browse and Shop at Old Market Square

Old Market Square provides a wonderful opportunity for eclectic shopping. From local basket weavers to fine jewelry, there’s something for everyone in Old Market Square. 

Fort Moultrie

Fort Moultrie has a 171 year naval history, dating back to the Revolutionary War. When British ships began a bombardment on the fort in 1776, the cannon balls reportedly bounced off the walls made of palmetto logs. Today, visitors can walk among the various citadels on the island and read about the importance of this naval defense.