Charleston Insider's Guide > Attractions & Tours
Whether you are visiting Charleston for the first time or have been coming for years, there is always something new to explore. Charleston is a city full of history and culture, and a multitude of tours and attractions. First time visitors generally engage in sight-seeing and guided tours to Charleston's favorite attractions in order to gain an insight on what the city has to offer.
Several companies throughout the city offer a variety of specialty tours via bus, carriage, boat, and foot that highlight historical events in Charleston's past. For the more seasoned history-buffs, Charleston is home to countless historical sites including churches, plantations, graveyards, battle sites, forts, and house museums that can be explored independently of guides. These types of attractions are everywhere, so much that unless you're a seasoned pro, we highly suggest taking one of the organized tours. Tourists travel to the "Holy City" not just to experience its history, but also to participate in events that take place year round. Charleston hosts numerous annual festivals in celebration and recognition of the rich cultural heritage that has surrounded Charleston for centuries.
Charleston's coastal waters, harbor, rivers, and estuaries attract fishermen and nature lovers from around the world. Seasonal and year-round fishing offer some of the best catches on the east coast. If you'd care to play a few rounds, Charleston has some of the country's finest golf courses. At the end of the day, after exploring all the nooks and crannies of the city that interest you, it is time to relax and enjoy your vacation. One of Charleston's day spas and rejuvenation centers are the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploration. No matter what your pleasure, Charleston has many attractions and tours to fit any budget.
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