Charleston, SC, Sightseeing Destinations

Charleston is known for its historic houses, cobblestone streets, and gorgeous churches. During your next trip to The Holy City, set aside an afternoon the visit some of this area’s most iconic spots. If you need some help planning your tour of downtown, read below to find out about our favorite Charleston, SC, sightseeing destinations.

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The Schooner Pride

Book a tour of Charleston’s harbor on The Schooner Pride. This ship was modeled after the 18th-century coastal trading vessels 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 you’ll be able to look at plenty of the most beautiful views of Charleston.

Take a Walking Tour of the City

Downtown Charleston features an incredible amount of historical homes, gorgeous architecture, and elegant churches. Consider booking a walking tour to explore the cobblestone streets with a knowledgeable guide. Some of our guests prefer to create their own tours, exploring the alleys and side streets at their own pace. 

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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 five years and completed in 1808. Inside, you’ll find an impressive three-story grand staircase, elaborate architecture, and 18th-century artwork. You can take a Charleston sightseeing tour of the building to learn about its architecture, history, and the slaves who worked here.

Charleston Waterfront Park

Charleston Waterfront Park is in the heart of Charleston’s French Quarter neighborhood.  It’s one block from East Bay Street and overlooks the Charleston Harbor with views of Fort Sumter. It’s famous for its pier with bench swings where you can sit and watch boats on the harbor and the iconic pineapple fountain. A trip to the Holy City isn’t complete without snapping a photo here!

The Charleston City Market 

The historic Charleston City 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 works to jewelry makers, and more. You could spend all day here wandering through the stalls and looking at all the artisan goods Charleston has to offer.

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