Historic Charleston is home to one of the oldest public markets in America, where 285 local vendors set up shop daily. The four-block long City Market is the best place to discover authentic Lowcountry souvenirs such as rice spoons and sweetgrass baskets, which are hand-woven onsite by more than 50 residents artists.
Take a Carriage Tour
See Charleston;s confection-colored antebellum mansions, historic churches, and beautiful parks at the leisurely pace of a horse drawn carriage. Climb aboard at Palmetto Carriage's Big Red Barn and enjoy entertaining stories by a licensed guide over the course of an hour-long tour.
The first golf club and golf course in America were both established in Charleston, a sporting legacy that lives on today with world-class courses situated on breathtaking coastal terrain. Courses range from true links style to tight-wooded Lowcountry layouts with varying degrees of difficulty. For a bucket list round, play the fiercely windswept Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, where the PGA Championship unfolded in 2012.
Sit on a Joggling Board
Built in 1808, the exquisite three-story Nathanial Russell House museum is widely recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings. Step back in time and experience colonial opulence with the home's elaborate plaster ornamentation and a stunning free-flying staircase. Be sure to check out the joggling board in the formal gardens—this is a uniquely Charleston invention.
See Where the Civil War Began
A cannonball bombardment over Charleston's harbor ignited the Civil War on April 12, 1861. Take the 30-minute ferry ride to Fort Sumter, the 34-acre island citadel visible from the downtown seawall, and tour the well-preserved fortress that played a pivotal role in American history.