This historic market complex is located right where it should be- in the heart of downtown Charleston. Here you can get in some of the best shopping you'll find in the entire area, and do it inside of the 200-year old brick market buildings. The selection of local goods and heritage crafts is quite eclectic, sea grass baskets and spices being some of these. There are also plenty of restaurants to check out if you work up an appetite, and this is also a great place to begin your City Walk Sightseeing.
Head to the coast and see the site on Charleston Harbor where the first shots that started the Civil War were fired. To stand where the battle of Fort Sumter took place is to experience that goose-bumps conjuring feeling which only places of this type of historical significance can give you. The Fort Sumter National Monument actually has three different sites, so once you see the harbor you're also encouraged to visit the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center and Fort Moultrie on Sulivan's Island.
If you're looking for one of the days of your vacation to be filled with sand, ocean breeze and gulls, look no further than the road that will take you to James Island. It's one of South Carolina's most urbanized "sea islands" and it's just a stone's throw from the city. This is a great place to choose if you're planning to go to Fort Sumter, as it is located on an island just off of the east coast of James Island.
Known today as the Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, this antebellum plantation can be found on the National Register of Historic Places and is a must-see. There is much to discover on site, from the slave cabins and the colonial revival plantation house to the famous "Avenue of Oaks" and the numerous flower gardens.
This park stretches for about a half mile along the Cooper River in Charleston. It is lined up and down with beautiful walking paths, benches, trees and stunning fountains. Some of the best parts of this area besides the iconic fountains are the wooden piers that extend into the Cooper River and make for great picnic or sightseeing areas.