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How to Spend 3 Days in Charleston

How to Spend 3 Days in Charleston

South Carolina is a beautiful slice of countryside presented to you with the warm hospitality and lilting Southern accent of Lowcountry folk. And while life here may seem to move at a slower pace, Charleston has some of the richest history in the United States and there’s an over-abundance of things to do and see. If three days is all you’ve got, here’s how to go about spending it.

Day One: Get Oriented

Charleston is a big city, but not overwhelmingly so. Most points of interest can be centered around the Historic District and it’s here where you should first orient yourself. Start the day with a stroll through Meeting Street, and walk the Museum Mile. A vast array of historical and cultural attractions meets you along this pleasant pathway, and you can get a good survey of the exquisite antebellum mansions that define the area. Consider a picnic at the White Point Garden or go for a stroll along its beautiful promenade. Then, at the Charleston Market, and rub shoulders with the locals, try some famous sweet tea, and pick up some freshly picked fruits and vegetables, as well as a few souvenirs to mark your introduction to the Lowcountry.

Day Two: Explore Charleston’s History

There’s a lot of history packed into this one-time Colonial town. From the late 1600s onward, important history has been made in Charleston and one of the best ways to get a sense of this is by visiting Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum where, along with getting an introduction to the beautiful Charleston Harbor, you’ll find the USS Yorktown (a retired aircraft carrier), the USS Clamagore (a wartime submarine), and the USS Laffey (a retired battleship), as well as the history of each ship and the region. In the afternoon, head over to the Circular Congregational Church and explore their graveyard to see how almost 300 years of history has shaped this iconic meeting place.

Day Three: Go Beyond

Some of the distinctive beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry is held in its majestic waterways, and there’s no better way to experience them than by getting out of the city’s borders for a day by the coast. Consider a day trip to one of the area’s wonderful beaches which offer everything from scenic getaways to resort-style adventure, or delve into the antebellum past of the Old South and visit a plantation to see why the area is so beloved.

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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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Experience more than 300 years of history on this guided carriage tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches, and gardens as your horse-drawn carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston. Belgian and Percheron draft horses will you lead you through the streets while you learn about this “Holy City” and its role in the Civil War.
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Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House

Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House

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Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities—Charleston, South Carolina—on this guided sightseeing tour. Visit a plethora landmarks including Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and many more. Upgrade option available to include a tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House, one of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Charleston Supernatural Guided Walking Tour

Charleston Supernatural Guided Walking Tour

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Discover the spooky charms of South Carolina on this supernatural walking tour. Walk the nighttime streets of Charleston as your guides share chilling tales of public executions, exhumations, and violent episodes of the Civil and Revolutionary Wars. This 90-minute tour is led by local authors who are experts in supernatural history.
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Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Travel back to Colonial times aboard a horse-drawn carriage and discover more than 300 years of history on this guided, 1-hour tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches and gardens of yesteryear on this narrated tour around historic Charleston. Enjoy the romantic clip-clop sound as this educational adventure winds through the streets and learn about this ‘Holy City’ and its rich history and role in Civil War times. See the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of the most historic buildings in America, and much more.
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History and Movie Tour of Beaufort by Golf Cart

History and Movie Tour of Beaufort by Golf Cart

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Discover Beaufort’s historic district without the hassle of navigating a tour that highlights the town’s Hollywood past. In addition to telling little–known stories about the town’s 300–year history, your guide brings you to landmarks often missed by visitors, from unmarked Forrest Gump film locations to the cemetery used in The Great Santini.
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Civil War Reconstruction Tour of Beaufort by Van

Civil War Reconstruction Tour of Beaufort by Van

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History buffs can’t miss this Civil War and Reconstruction history tour in Beaufort. Ride through the city in a comfortable van as you visit spots like Saint Helena Island and the grounds of the Battle of Port Royal. As you go, your guide shares stories of the city’s wartime and reconstruction history that are sure to fascinate.
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