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Charleston SC Sightseeing Destinations

Charleston is a city full of rich history and culture, which means it has plenty of sightseeing. Here is a list of some of the best Charleston attractions to check out if you are planning a visit to the city.

Nathaniel Russell House

The Nathaniel Russell House is a neoclassical mansion in the middle of downtown Charleston. The home, which is a National Historic Landmark, was built over a five-year period and was finished in 1808. Inside the house is an impressive three-story grand staircase, elaborate architecture, and 18th-century artwork. You can take a Charleston sightseeing tour of the house to learn about its architecture, history, and the slaves who built and worked at the house.

High Wire Distilling

Charleston has quite a few distilleries, but High Wire is unique because it was the first to open in downtown Charleston post-prohibition. This wife-and-husband-owned small batch distillery uses local ingredients to create their unique spirits. You can take tours of their distillery to learn about the process of brewing and watch the brewers in action. At their distillery, you can also get flights of their spirits.

The Schooner Pride

Tour Charleston’s harbor on The Schooner Pride. This 84’ tall ship was modeled after the 18th-century coastal trading schooners that used to line the waters of Charleston Harbor. The boat can hold up to 49 passengers and offers daily dolphin sails, sunset sails, private charters, and special events. This tour is not narrated but is a great way to sit back, relax, sip a glass of wine, and look at the beautiful views of Charleston.

Walking Tours

Charleston is full of history, unique architecture, gorgeous gardens, and old churches. Sometimes the best way to see the many Charleston attractions is to just walk around. Charleston Sole offers two walking tours of the city each day. They last about two hours and cover a distance of about one and a half miles.

Charleston Waterfront Park

This iconic park is located in the heart of Charleston’s French Quarter neighborhood.  Just a block from East Bay Street and overlooking the Charleston Harbor with views of Fort Sumter, this park has a pier with bench swings where you can sit and watch boats on the harbor. Home to the Charleston’s Pineapple Fountain, a favorite photo spot for locals and visitors alike.

Historic Charleston City Market

This historic market, located in downtown Charleston near Meeting Street, first opened in 1841. The market is full of all kinds of vendors—from artists selling their paintings to jewelry makers, local produce, and more. You could spend all day here wandering through the stalls and looking at all the artisan goods Charleston has to offer.

Rest in Your Rental After Visiting the Many Charleston Attractions

After a long day of Charleston sightseeing, come relax at one of our luxury rental apartments. With fully furnished kitchens, air conditioning, and plenty of space for your family, a stay with us is the perfect way to end your day. For more information on Charleston sightseeing destinations, we invite you to download our free Insider’s Guide to Charleston.

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