The Holy City can be explored by foot, boat, or bus. If you’re looking to stay on the warmer side this winter and still experience the best places in Charleston, then a bus tour with Adventure Sightseeing should be at the top of your list. Let’s take a look at the top 20 things you’ll see on the “See It All City Tour!”
1. The Charleston Museum is the oldest Oldest Museum in the country, dating back to 1773. The museum educates residents and visitors about the natural and cultural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry through collections, exhibitions, preservation, programs, and research.
2. Pass by some of the oldest Churches in Charleston. One of Charleston’s most famous, St. Michael’s Church, has had past attendees such as George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Bill Clinton. Serving as a landmark for the harbor, the bell tower clock dates back to 1764. This was also used as a lookout in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, War Between the States, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II as well serving as a fire look-out tower until the late 1890s.
3. See the house of John and Edward Rutledge. This home has experienced an array of past owners such as John, signer of the Constitution, and the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Edward at 26 years old.
4. Oldest Municipal College in the country. Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is located in the heart of historic Charleston.
5. St. Philips, Episcopal Church is just one of the many old churches in Charleston and it’s home of the oldest congregation in South Carolina.
6. The first military college of South Carolina, The Citadel, is known for its rich history and educational reputation.
7. Pass by the enchanting structure of the Embassy Suites near Marion Square, which was home to the original Citadel, established in 1842.
8. Hampton Park was the site of a 1-mile thoroughbred horse track before the Civil War. The park is home to the of the first Memorial Day in 1865 and sited the first World’s fair in 1902.
9. The Charleston Visitor Center is home to the first railroad station in the 1830s. The first steam locomotive, named Best Friend, ran on the longest railroad from Charleston to Hamburg, SC. A “Writer From the New York Times claimed he was riding on the wings of an angel as they traveled 8 miles an hour.”
10. The first submarine to sink an enemy warship, the H.L. Hunley, has a replica in front of the Charleston Museum.
11. The Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon is a landmark to some of the most important events in South Carolina history. “Over the last two and a half centuries, the building has been a commercial exchange, custom house, post office, city hall, military headquarters, and museum.”
12. Dock Street Theatre, the first theatre in America exclusively for theatrical performances, opened with The Recruiting Officer in 1736. Notable people such as John Wilkes Booths father Julius was a famous actor there.
13. Last remaining French Huguenot Church. “Today, the services are no longer in French except once a year, and worshipers no longer arrive in boats as they did when this was known as The Church of the Tides.”
14. At the corner of Meeting and Broad Streets, you’ll pass through Charleston’s Four Corners of Law. Visitors have attended these four buildings to get taxed, to get marriage, divorced, or to be sentenced to jail.
15. Known as the largest residential space, the Calhoun Mansion is over 24,000 Sq. ft with 35 bedrooms. This beautiful building, built in 1876, was home to George Walton William. “It was recently named one of the top things to do in Charleston by Travel and Leisure.”
16. White Point Gardens is located in the heart of the historic district with a view of the Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. The park was an original landing spot in 1680 and features an impressive display of Civil War cannons, statues, and monuments.
17. “The buildings at 114-120 East Bay St. are known as Coate’s Row and were built between 1788 and 1806. Originally owned by Thomas Coates, the structures were once commercial buildings, homes, a tavern, and a coffee house.”
18. The Tavern at Rainbow Row is the oldest liquor store and has been serving Charleston since 1698.
19. A Charleston Single House is a dominant floor plan and icon of Charleston’s architecture. You’ll notice a number of long and narrow homes with beautifully covered porches.
20. Don’t miss Charleston’s oldest house, the Colonel William Rhett House located at 54 Hasell St. This home was built in 1712 and was also the birthplace of Gov. Wade Hampton.