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Charleston Virtual Tours: Visit Charleston From Home (updated April 2021)

If your plans to visit Charleston this spring were put on hold because of the coronavirus, fear not! You can still virtually visit Charleston from the comfort of your own couch. Just put on some jazz and check out these Charleston virtual tours.  As the country gets vaccinated and things start looking more normal, we’ll…

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March 24, 2020

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston

Charleston was home to many Irish immigrants in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In fact, many areas of the city and many local establishments were named after Irish settlers. Today, our residents still celebrate their Irish heritage. Here’s our definitive list of where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston.   Charleston Irish History…

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March 2, 2020

Women’s History Month in Charleston

Women have officially had the right to vote for 100 years! Help us celebrate women in Charleston in the month of March by learning about the women who helped build the city — and fought for women’s rights all over the U.S. Here are just some of our women to honor throughout Women’s History Month…

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February 21, 2020

Charleston Jazz History

Charleston jazz history is rich and complicated. While Charleston is not the most famous city to put jazz on the map, the styles of jazz that formed in Charleston are just as important as those invented in New Orleans and New York City. Celebrate Charleston jazz history at some of the city’s most famous music…

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January 27, 2020

Black History Month in Charleston

Charleston was the landing point in the U.S. for many enslaved Africans. In fact, more than half of African Americans in the country today can trace their roots through Charleston. February is Black History Month in Charleston and we recommend visiting the following sites (in order) and imagining what it would have been like to land…

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January 15, 2020

Charleston Winter Activities (and Tips for Staying Warm!)

Charleston is full of winter activities during the colder months. Indoor and outdoor activities abound as the holiday season is winding down. Check out famous houses, fireplaces and indoor activities showing Charleston’s best of winter.    Famous Charleston Houses Get a taste of history when you head to the houses of Charleston’s 18th and 19th…

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January 3, 2020

Charleston Shopping: Holiday Gift Guide

Charleston is a shopaholic’s dream destination. Find the perfect holiday present for friends and family members. Read on for the best Charleston shopping spots to cross off gifts for everyone on your list.    Charleston Shopping Spots  King Street is the best place to start your holiday shopping. Located in downtown Charleston, this strip is…

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December 18, 2019

Charleston’s Holiday Festival of Lights: Behind the Scenes

The Charleston Holiday Festival of Lights is one of the city’s beloved holiday occasions. Each holiday season at James Island County Park, guests flock to drive through approximately 2 million lights. The 2019 30th annual Holiday Festival of Lights is open November 15- December 31.  Admission, Hours and Other Helpful Information  Hosted by the Charleston…

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December 1, 2019

Things to Do in Charleston on Thanksgiving

Charleston’s hospitality and rich history make it a delightful Thanksgiving destination. Find the ideal restaurant for your Thanksgiving meal and enjoy walks through the city, seasonal attractions and learn about the history of Thanksgiving in the Holy City. Read on for our favorite things to do in Charleston on Thanksgiving weekend.    Where to Eat…

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November 15, 2019

Charleston Revolutionary War History

Visiting Charleston’s Revolutionary War historic sites is easy. Like many Eastcoast cities, Charleston has preserved places where major events occurred in the American Revolution. Many of these historic attractions offer tours and commentary, explaining the city’s role in the war that led to American independence.  Charleston Revolutionary War Important Events Before Charleston Before we can…

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November 2, 2019

Self-Guided Charleston Ghost Tour

Want to find Charleston’s spookiest spots? Take a self-guided Charleston ghost tour. From the oldest gardens in America to the Holy City’s ties to the American Revolution, this city has guaranteed ghosts. Read on for hotels, pubs and graveyards to spook and delight.  Charleston Ghost Tour Stop #1: Battery Carriage House Inn Want an entire…

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October 17, 2019

Autumn Activities in Charleston

Autumn is arguably the best time to visit Charleston. Warm weather without humidity means fewer bugs and fewer tourists. Also, nothing accents the charming streets of this iconic southern town as much as the turning of the season’s leaves. History Tour of Charleston Do you have a passion for Lowcountry? Or do you simply just…

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October 3, 2019