A History With A Little Sand Between Your Toes

From historic homes to sandy beaches, Charleston offers something for everyone.

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The self-guided tour at the U.S.S. Yorktown even allows you to walk the flight deck.

Military History

As the site of the first shots fired in the Civil War, Fort Sumter is obviously a bucket list stop for history buffs. Located in the center of the harbor, the experience takes about two hours including transit time. Board the ferry from Patriot’s Point and pair your Sumter tour with a visit to the U.S.S. Yorktown, a retired aircraft carrier that saw action in WWII and Vietnam. The ship now serves as a floating naval museum and home to a shrine honoring Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Charleston was among the more prominent cities of colonial times and the Heyward-Washington House (you guessed it — George Washington slept there) is different from most of the city’s restored mansions in that its decor and tour focuses on the Revolutionary era.

Keep going back in time all the way to 1670 at Charles Towne Landing, a lovely state park located on Charleston’s original settlement site. We really enjoyed the modern museum, small zoo, and scenic walk through the park with recreations of the palisade walls, quarters and even a real trading vessel docked in the river.


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