Stunningly pretty and drenched in Lowcountry charm, Charleston, South Carolina, is the grandest of urban grande dames. While this coastal gem feels vibrant and fresh, it also flaunts its past with pride — nowhere more so than in the historic district at the very heart of town. This is Charleston as you’ve always pictured it, and every structure has a captivating tale to tell.
You could happily spend a day on your own strolling the cobbled streets of this area, but to get the true picture of Charleston’s bygone years, book a walking tour. Our favorite is the two-hour Highlights of Charleston walk from Oyster Point Tours, engaging enough for kids yet packed with intriguing tidbits for adults. Meander through the beautiful French Quarter and South of Broad neighborhoods, where the city’s roots began to flourish and spread. From the 1712 Pink House (Charleston’s oldest) and buildings studded with earthquake bolts to wedding-cake mansions and the church steeples that crown the skyline, you’ll come away with a deep appreciation for what makes the Holy City so special and alluring.
TIP: Tours are available in both small-group and private versions. The latter is preferable if you have young kids, as guides can customize the content to capture their imaginations. Want to book? We can help — give us a call!
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Editor’s Note: Photo by Lisa Frederick.
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