Charleston is a charming, historic port city on the North Atlantic coast. It is associated with the country’s historic Declaration of Independence and known as the site where the Civil War began, when Confederate soldiers opened fire at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. This old-world city has a charm all its own, wrapped in genteel southern elegance. Enjoy a walking tour or a carriage ride through the cobblestone streets of the historic district, admiring heritage buildings and old-fashioned gas lanterns hung from wrought iron posts. Discover how Charlestonians lived it up in the 1800s, among the many well-preserved antebellum mansions. The Charleston Museum, established in the early 1700s, is America’s first museum, while the Charleston City Market, set up in the 1800s, is one of the country’s oldest marketplaces. Imagine the first English settlers arriving into the New World at the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site and relive the tumultuous Civil War years at the Fort Sumter National Monument across the harbor. Explore the elegant French Quarter for art galleries and charming alleyways shaded by flowering trees. Discover the city’s culinary traditions, a blend of of European, African and Caribbean cultures. Savor the classic southern fare of creamy crab soups, fresh oysters, buttermilk biscuits and fried green tomatoes – over an atmospheric candlelit dinner on an old fashioned balcony.
Heritage & Culture
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Fort Sumter National Monument
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