Unique Places to Visit in Downtown Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina is truly a beautiful, historic, and fantastic place to visit. These are just a few of its hidden treasures that are unique and only found in Charleston.


This is the first African-American museum dedicated to the 35-40% slave population that once entered through Charleston. Located between Chalmers Street and Queen Street, this museum was built in 1859 and is filled with history, including an interview with a former slave. Many slaves were sold at this site and then transferred to Southern plantations. You’ll want to spend some time browsing through the artifacts and reading the vastly informative posters throughout.


This beautiful architectural gem was built on Meeting Street over a five-year span from 1803 to 1808 by Nathaniel Russell, a wealthy shipping merchant. It’s known for its three-story, free-flying staircase with every step supporting the one above and below. With the use of forensic analysis, this home was restored to replicate the fine finishes, textiles, and fixtures to give you the opportunity to see what a home of this magnitude would have looked like in the 1800’s. There’s an exhibit in the original kitchen featuring educational panels and stories that will take you back in time.


If you love to shop, then you can’t visit Charleston without visiting this Historic City Market. You’ll find many one-of-a-kind products made authentically in the Charleston area. Meeting Street is where this unique market is located. You’ll find souvenirs, hats, baskets, as well as local cuisine, all in its four city blocks. The vendors are friendly and offer a wide variety of their arts and crafts.


This is where tourists come to see some of the most beautiful homes found in the South. The street is lined with antebellum homes overlooking the Ashely and Cooper Rivers. Some of these magnificent homes include the Roper House, the Charles Drayton House, the James Spear House, the William Washington House, and the Col. John Ashe House. The Roper House is a National Historic Landmark and the William Washington House is the only pre-Revolutionary home found on the Battery.

After exploring all the incredible places that Charleston has to offer, you’ll have to figure out where to stay to get some rest after a long day. A favorite place among many is Hotel Bella Grace offering the charm of a boutique hotel while being on a historic 200-year-old property. Enjoy the unique architecture and history that this hotel has to offer while still having modern luxuries.

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