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.
Charming, centuries-old townhouses like this one can be spotted throughout the city's historic downtown corrider. Denton Rumsey Shutterstock
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
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 is located about 12 miles south of downtown Charleston. Ann Rivall USN\x26WR
Broad Street is Charleston's main thoroughfare. rjones0856 Flickr
You'll find Spanish moss delicately draped from the branches of live oaks, crepe myrtles and the occasional pine. MarkVanDykePhotography Shutterstock
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.
On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Courtesy ExploreCharleston.com
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.
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
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
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 boasts America's oldest landscaped gardens, with a history that dates back 320 years. Courtesy Middleton Place
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
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
An exterior shot of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, a fixture on Meeting Street since 1808. Rick McKee Courtesy the Historic Charleston Foundation
The city sprawl as seen from the air. iofoto Shutterstock
Located just north of the White Point Gardens, the Calhoun Mansion is the largest home in Charleston. Bill Ward\x27s Brickpile Flickr
Drayton Hall, a plantation that dates back to the late 1700s, sits along the Ashley River. Courtesy ExploreCharleston.com