Ravenel Bridge

Must-Visit Charleston Spots


The Charleston area is home to some amazing landmarks – some historic, others breathtaking and all of them worth a visit while you’re out and about in the Lowcountry. Here are a few favorites; keep watching our blog for even more!

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery/photo by Beverly Donald

This historic cemetery sits on a former rice plantation. It opened in 1850 – the design reflecting a new rural cemetery movement that crossed from Europe to America in the mid-19th century. With landscaped paths, ponds, trees and green space, Charlestonians would visit their deceased loves ones as well as picnic and play on the 130-acre property. Open daily at 70 Cunnington Ave. in Charleston.

Azalea Park

A visit to the Town of Summerville isn’t complete without a stop at Azalea Park, a 12-acre garden just blocks from the historic town square. Stroll the paved pathways, enjoying a number of bronze sculptures, the reflection pond and seasonal color (this park really pops in March and April).

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter/photo by NPS

Learn about the pivotal role of Fort Sumter during the Civil War at an on-site museum with exhibits and artifacts. The North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. SpirtLine Cruises provides boat rides to and from Fort Sumter. Info: nps.gov/fosu

Ravenel Bridge

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge spanning the Cooper River has a more than 2-mile bike/pedestrian lane called Wonders’ Way. It is accessible from East Bay Street in downtown Charleston and on the Mount Pleasant side. Be sure to stop at the top for a bird’s eye view of Charleston.