There is a lot about Charleston that is interesting and unusual – live oaks draped in Spanish Moss, spectacular Lowcountry cuisine, old homes, U.S. history, etc. — and they make it worth a visit.
Charleston also boasts attractions unique to this part of the globe. You can’t find them anywhere else, at least not in North America.
Charleston Tea Plantation – Nowhere else in the United States boasts a tea farm, but just southwest of the city lies Wadmalaw Island, home of America’s only tea garden. Take a few hours for a tour.
The Hunley – There was only one first submarine to sink an enemy vessel. In February of 1864, the H.L. Hunley (pictured above) sank the Housatonic, a Union warship, before vanishing beneath the sea just beyond the Charleston harbor. Reclaimed and on display at the old Charleston Navy Yard.
College of Charleston – the oldest municipal college in America. Its founders include three signers of the Declaration of Independence. The charming campus is paved in stones and bathed in Spanish Moss clinging to sprawling live oaks. The campus is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Beidler Forest – Not unique, but increasingly rare: an old growth swamp featuring numerous 1,000-year-old cypress and tupelos, including the second oldest cypress tree in the world. A favorite of bird watchers and admirers of cypress knees.
Charleston SC – No other city in America can display large numbers of streets, buildings and artifacts that pre-date our nation. St. Augustine, FL is old, but not preserved. Williamsburg, VA is historic, but re-created. Philadelphia has a bell, but Charleston has a city, the #1 travel destination three years running, according to Conde Nast Travel magazine. Take a harbor tour around it or add a carriage ride through it. Or choose from a variety of combo packages to maximize your enjoyment!