If you’re visiting Charleston this spring, one of the best ways to see the sights is with a tour on the Charleston Harbor. With a guided tour on the Carolina Belle, you get the combination of beautiful skyline views along with facts, history and stories of Charleston’s early days.
Charleston Harbor Tours is running three daily tours so you have plenty of chances to take a relaxing and informative 90-minute tour around the harbor.
Among the 75 points of interest along the way, you’ll want to take special note of these:
- Fort Sumter: Today a national monument, this fort witnessed the start of the Civil War as Confederate troops fired the first shots on Federal troops at Fort Sumter at 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861. Fort Sumter continued to play a key role in Charleston throughout the war.
- Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge: This cable-stayed bridge spans the Cooper River and with its two majestic diamond towers, it’s quite an impressive site to view from land or water.
- USS Yorktown: Part of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, this stately ship was the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy. The ship weighs more than 27,000 tons and stretches almost 900 feet. It is open to the public for tours.
- Homes along the Battery: All along the Charleston Battery are some impressive historic homes. From the brightly colored houses that make up rainbow to Southern mansions, you’ll enjoy this glimpse of how Charleston’s earliest residents lived.
- Michael’s Episcopal Church: A survivor of both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, this church is just one of the many storied steeples that gives Charleston her nickname as the “Holy City.”
Book your tour on the Carolina Belle and soak up all the beauty and history of our world-renowned city.