Destination: Charleston

History comes to life among the cobblestone streets and antebellum homes of this genteel Southern city. Explore the city's many antebellum homes, historic churches, Civil War sites and sprawling plantations.

Updated: November 13, 2002

What to Do

A history tour of Charleston should begin with these top attractions.


Fort Sumter National Monument

1214 Middle St, Charleston Harbor, SC 29482


Old City Market

Market St, Charleston, SC 29401


Middleton Place Outdoor Ctr

4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414


Charleston Museum

360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403


Where to Stay

Charleston's many bed and breakfasts offer charming accommodations and a history lesson, too.


Two Meeting Street Inn

2 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401


Barksdale House Inn

27 George St, Charleston, SC 29401


Hayne House Bed & Breakfast

30 King St, Charleston, SC 29401


John Rutledge House Inn

116 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401


Cannonboro Inn Bed & Breakfast

184 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC 29403


Where to Eat

Charleston is famous for its Lowcountry cuisine. Local specialties like roasted oysters and shrimp and grits are a true taste of the South.


Penisula Grill

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401


Shem Creek Bar & Grill

508 Mill St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464


Slightly North Of Broad

192 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401


Sticky Fingers Charleston Historic Downtown

235 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401


Hominy Grill

207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403