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Pineapple Fountain picture in Charleston

You'll spot this large pineapple fountain in Charleston's idyllic waterfront park, a 12-acre park that runs for about 1½ miles along the Cooper River.
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Charleston Town House picture in Charleston

Charming, centuries-old townhouses like this one can be spotted throughout the city's historic downtown corrider. Denton Rumsey Shutterstock

Angel Oak Tree picture in Charleston

It's estimated that the Angel Oak Tree is between 400 and 500 years old. It's open daily, free of charge on Johns Island (about 13 miles west of Charleston). Charleston\x27s TheDigitel Flickr

The Battery at dawn picture in Charleston

If you're hoping to avoid the throng of tourists that walk along the Battery every day, consider making your trip at dawn for a spectacular sunrise. ClimberJAK Shutterstock

Isle of Palms picture in Charleston

Plan to hang your hat in Isle of Palms if you want to rent a beachfront house, or stay in a fully equipped resort: You won't find these types of accommodations in downtown Charleston. Ann Rivall USN\x26WR

Folly Beach picture in Charleston

Folly Beach is located about 12 miles south of downtown Charleston. Ann Rivall USN\x26WR

Broad Street picture in Charleston

Broad Street is Charleston's main thoroughfare. rjones0856 Flickr

Spanish Moss picture in Charleston

You'll find Spanish moss delicately draped from the branches of live oaks, crepe myrtles and the occasional pine. MarkVanDykePhotography Shutterstock

Charleston Carriage Tour picture in Charleston

Touring Charleston by horse-drawn carriage is a popular way to see the city and learn about the area's rich history from knowledgeable guides.

Nathaniel Russell House picture in Charleston

The Nathaniel Russell House, located just off the Battery, is best known for its "flying" spiral staircase. Rick McKee Courtesy the Historic Charleston Foundation

Fort Sumter National Monument picture in Charleston

On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Courtesy

Joseph Manigault House picture in Charleston

Built in 1803, the Joseph Manigault House is a National Historic Landmark. The home was once occupied by the Manigaults — a wealthy family who owned a prosperous rice plantation. You'll find the home on Meeting Street.
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Rainbow Row picture in Charleston

You'll know you've hit Rainbow Row (located on East Bay Street) when you see the candy-colored facades of the 13 houses that occupy this section of downtown Charleston. Ann Rivall USN\x26WR

United States Custom House picture in Charleston

The United States Custom House, which was originally completed in 1879, is still in operation today. You'll have to admire its striking architecture from the outside, though: The building is closed to the public. Don Williamson Shutterstock

H. L. Hunley picture in Charleston

The H. L. Hunley made history on the night of Feb. 17, 1864 when it became the first submarine to ever sink an enemy ship.
Courtesy Friends of the Hunley

Middleton Place picture in Charleston

Middleton Place boasts America's oldest landscaped gardens, with a history that dates back 320 years. Courtesy Middleton Place

Sweetgrass Basket picture in Charleston

If you're hoping to bring back an authentic souvenir from Charleston, you can't go wrong with a sweetgrass basket. You'll find locals selling them at the Charleston City Market. Travel Bug Shutterstock

Spoleto Festival USA picture in Charleston

If you're a fan of the performing arts, try to arrange your Charleston jaunt for the end of May or the beginning of June. It's around this time that the city hosts its annual Spoleto Festival USA. During the 17-day arts carnival, Charleston's theaters, churches and outdoor spaces are taken over by artists and their spectators. Julia Lynn Photography Flickr

Charleston City Market picture in Charleston

Peruse souvenirs and Charleston-made wares at the Charleston City Market. elvisvaughn Shutterstock

Boone Hall Plantation picture in Charleston

Fans of "The Notebook" will recognize Boone Hall Plantation from the film (it served as the Hamiltons' summer home). Even if you're unfamiliar with the movie, there's plenty of history here to make the trip worthwhile (the plantation was founded in 1681). Rennett Stowe Flickr

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens picture in Charleston

Magnolia Plantation is home to the oldest collection of Indica Azaleas in America. Stop by in spring to see these plants in full bloom. Dave Allen Photography Shutterstock

Aiken-Rhett House picture in Charleston

Until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975, family descendants owned the Aiken-Rhett property for 142 years. aceshot1 Shutterstock

The Nathaniel Russell House Museum picture in Charleston

An exterior shot of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, a fixture on Meeting Street since 1808. Rick McKee Courtesy the Historic Charleston Foundation

A bird's-eye-view of Charleston picture in Charleston

The city sprawl as seen from the air. iofoto Shutterstock

Calhoun Mansion picture in Charleston

Located just north of the White Point Gardens, the Calhoun Mansion is the largest home in Charleston. Bill Ward\x27s Brickpile Flickr

Drayton Hall picture in Charleston

Drayton Hall, a plantation that dates back to the late 1700s, sits along the Ashley River. Courtesy

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