City Orientation Walk, Charleston

Charleston is the oldest and the largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades, including "America's Most Friendly City" and also "The most polite and hospitable city in America". It is also home to some amazing and interesting art galleries, historic houses and museums, astonishing churches and architectural structures. Take the walk below to see some of the most popular and interesting tourist attractions in Charleston.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Charleston (See other walking tours in Charleston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 20
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Author: Caroline
Washington Square Park

1) Washington Square Park (must see)

Washington Square is a greenspace in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. It is located behind city hall at the corner of Meeting Street and Broad Street in the Charleston Historic District. It was known as City Hall Park until October 10, 1881, when it was renamed in honor of George Washington. The new name was painted over the gates in December 1881. The location of Washington Square once was the site of Corbett's Thatched Tavern. The city square was opened in 1818. Along the east wall of...   view more
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St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

2) St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (must see)

St. Michael's Anglican Church is an historic church and the oldest surviving religious structure in Charleston, located at Broad and Meeting streets on one of the Four Corners of the Law. It was built in the 1750s by order of the South Carolina Assembly. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. St. Michael's Church was built between 1751 and 1761 on the site of the original wooden church built in 1681 by St. Philip's Church. It...   view more
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Charleston County Courthouse

3) Charleston County Courthouse

Charleston County Courthouse is a Neoclassical building in Charleston designed by Irish architect James Hoban. It was a likely model for Hoban's most famous building, The White House and both buildings are modelled after Leinster House, the current seat of the Irish Parliament in Dublin.

President George Washington visited Charleston on his Southern Tour in May 1791, may have met with Hoban, and summoned the architect to Philadelphia in June 1792. The following month, Hoban was named the...   view more
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Nathaniel Russell House

4) Nathaniel Russell House (must see)

The Nathaniel Russell House is a historic house located in downtown Charleston. It belonged to Nathaniel Russell, a Rhode Island merchant, who spent $80,000 on this Adamesque building before 1809. He and his wife, Sarah Russell, lived in the house during the early 1800s. It was sold to the state in 1955 by the Pelzer family, and today is used by the Historic Charleston Foundation as offices and also for tours. It is currently a museum open for tours. The house is widely recognized as one of...   view more
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The Battery

5) The Battery (must see)

The Battery is a very famous landmark, also known as the White Point Gardens. The place began to be used as a public park from 1837 onwards. During the American Civil War, it was a fortified artillery bunker. Named for a civil-war coastal defense artillery battery at the site, it stretches along the lower shores of the Charleston peninsula, bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, which meet here to form Charleston harbor. The park has some memorials and offers outstanding views of Charleston...   view more
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Edmondston-Alston House

6) Edmondston-Alston House (must see)

The Edmondston-Alston House is a very famous historic house in Charleston. It dates from 1825 and belonged to the rich merchant, Charles Edmondston. Now, the house is a period museum that showcases the life of the rich in Edmonstron's time. The museum is superbly furnished and decorated with beautiful objects from the period and from the second floor you can enjoy a spectacular view over Charleston Harbor.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4.30 pm; Sunday - Monday: 1 pm - 4.30...   view more
Rainbow Row

7) Rainbow Row (must see)

Rainbow Row is the name for a series of colorful historic houses in Charleston. The houses are located north of Tradd St. and south of Elliot St. on East Bay Street. It is referred to as Rainbow Row for the pastel colors used to paint all of the houses. It is a common tourist attraction and is one of the most photographed parts of Charleston. Common myths concerning Charleston include variants on the reasons for the paint colors. According to some tales, the houses were painted in the various...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Slave Mart Museum

8) Old Slave Mart Museum (must see)

The Old Slave Mart is a building located at 6 Chalmers Street in Charleston, that once housed an antebellum slave auction gallery. Constructed in 1859, the building is believed to be the last extant slave auction gallery in South Carolina. In 1975, the Old Slave Mart was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its role in Charleston's African-American history. Today, the building houses the Old Slave Mart Museum.

The Old Slave Mart was originally part of a large slave...   view more
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Charleston Waterfront Park

9) Charleston Waterfront Park (must see)

Waterfront Park is a twelve-acre (5 ha) park along approximately one-half mile of the Cooper River in Charleston. The park was designed by Stuart O. Dawson of Sasaki Associates with assistance from Edward Pinckney Associates and has received many design awards. The park is composed of distinct sections. At the northern entrance to the park at the foot of Vendue Range (a street in Charleston), a large fountain was built which anchors the end of the park. From the fountain, Vendue Wharf is a wide,...   view more
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French Huguenot Church

10) French Huguenot Church (must see)

The Huguenot Church, built in 1844 in Charleston was the first Gothic Revival church in South Carolina and was designed by architect Edward Brickell White. It is also known as the French Huguenot Church and was originally affiliated with the Calvinist Reformed Church of France, but it is now the only independent Huguenot church in the United States.

The church is located in the area of Charleston known as the French Quarter, which was given this name in 1973 as part of preservation efforts....   view more
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Dock Street Theatre

11) Dock Street Theatre (must see)

Dock Street Theatre is a theater in the historic French Quarter neighborhood of downtown Charleston. It was the first building in America designed for use as a theater. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater is currently in the final stages of a $20 million renovation that includes major improvements in resistance to dangerous seismic activity and hurricane wind events, the addition of elevators to make the facility fully wheelchair accessible, and greatly improved...   view more
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St. Philip's Episcopal Church

12) St. Philip's Episcopal Church (must see)

St. Philip's Episcopal Church is an historic Episcopal church in the French Quarter neighborhood of Charleston. Its National Historic Landmark description states: "Built in 1836 (spire completed in 1850), this stuccoed brick church features an imposing tower designed in the Wren-Gibbs tradition. Three Tuscan pedimented porticoes contribute to this design to make a building of the highest quality and sophistication." On November 7, 1973, it was added to the National Register of...   view more
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Gibbes Museum of Art

13) Gibbes Museum of Art (must see)

The Gibbes Museum of Art was established in 1905 and is an amazing, old, art museum with an outstanding collection of over 10 000 art works. Most of them are by American artists, a lot of them with a connection to Charleston and the South in general. They also have a special annual exhibition.

Opening Hours: Monday: CLOSED; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm;
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5...   view more
Circular Congregational Church

14) Circular Congregational Church (must see)

Circular Congregational Church and Parish House is a church in Charleston. The church was a Pantheon-type building 88 feet in diameter with seven great doors and 26 windows. On its main floor and in the gallery it was said to accommodate 2,000 worshipers! On December 11, 1861, a great fire started near the Cooper River. During the night, a “ hurricane of fire ” swept all the way across the city, leaving in its wake the ruins of Old Circular. Once again Circular Church raised the eyebrows of...   view more
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Old City Market

15) Old City Market (must see)

The Old City Market is also one of the most visited spots in Charleston. It has a history stretching back to over 200 years, and, besides being a very popular shopping place for tourists and locals alike, it is also a very interesting architectural structure. The main building was established in 1841 and it resembles a Greek temple. Also there are four open-air buildings that house the...   view more
Citadel Square Baptist Church

16) Citadel Square Baptist Church

Citadel Square Baptist Church was the fourth Baptist church built in Charleston, South Carolina. The church began as an outgrowth of the First Baptist Church when, in 1854, a dozen members sought permission to establish a new church for the upper peninsula. The new church was to have been known as the Fourth Baptist Church but, when an existing Baptist church closed, leaving only three Baptist churches, the name was changed to Citadel Square Baptist Church. The name refers to the church's...   view more
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Charleston Music Hall

17) Charleston Music Hall

Charleston Music Hall is a great place to enjoy a really amazing concert or performance. The Charleston Music Hall has outstanding sound and light equipment, and a huge stage. It hosts, through the year, many performances by famous and not so famous artists. It is also a very beautiful Gothic Revival style...   view more
Charleston Museum

18) Charleston Museum (must see)

The Charleston Museum was the first museum built in America and was founded in 1773. It is located in the Downtown Historic District of Charleston. The main museum's exhibits include natural history and local history displays and decorative arts, including silver. One display features objects from the museum's origins in the late 18th century. The museum also owns and operates two historic house museums: Heyward-Washington House - late 18th century period home of Thomas Heyward, Jr.,...   view more
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Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

19) Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (must see)

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry opened in 2003 and it is one of the most attractive places for children and families in Charleston. The museum is just what is needed for children in the age group 3 to 12 years. They have a lot of amazing exhibitions, hands on activities, classes and many other interesting things to do. Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 7pm; Wednesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5pm + Closed...   view more
King Street

20) King Street

King Street is the main shopping area in Charleston, very popular not only with tourists, but with locals as well. It is 16 blocks of all kinds of shops. Here, you can find a lot of antique stores, fashionable boutiques selling clothes, books and many other interesting collectors' items. It is also a very interesting and beautiful architectural...   view more

Walking Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Charleston

Create Your Own Walk in Charleston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Charleston is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Charleston’s Downtown History Museums Walk

Charleston’s Downtown History Museums Walk

Charleston is very famous for its large number of historic houses and history museums. Take the tour below to see some of the most famous and interesting history museums in Downtown Charleston. Take this walking tour and you will learn more about history of Charleston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Charleston Downtown Historic Houses Walk

Charleston Downtown Historic Houses Walk

Charleston, founded in 1670, is very popular for its historic houses.The houses speak of the glorious past of Charleston,being of high cultural value to the entire community. Take this tour the get a glimpse of some of the most famous historic houses in the city of Charleston.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Charleston Children's Entertainment Tour

Charleston Children's Entertainment Tour

Charleston is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern USA and it has many tourist attractions that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Take the tour below to discover some of the best locations for some fun with your children and the family!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Charleston Downtown Architecture Walk

Charleston Downtown Architecture Walk

Charleston is a very beautiful city, with a rich history, famous for its southern hospitality. Those who like architecture will find some marvelous buildings, structures, churches, mansions and other outstanding sights here. Take the tour below to see some of the most beautiful Downtown architecture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Charleston Downtown Churches Tour

Charleston Downtown Churches Tour

Charleston is also sometimes called the Holy City. That is because of the large number of churches in the city. The city has many outstanding and fascinating religious structures. Take the following walk to see the most popular churches in Downtown Charleston.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Charleston Harleston Village Churches Tour

Charleston Harleston Village Churches Tour

Charleston is very famous for its number of churches, as well as for being very open and tolerating different kinds of religious faiths. Charleston is the only city in the USA to have an independent Huguenot church. Here is a tour that will take you through Charleston’s Harleston Village churches.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km