is an island fortification located in Charleston Harbor. Originally constructed in 1829 as a coastal garrison, Fort Sumter is most famous for being the site of the first shots of the Civil War (1861-65).
Dining & Nightlife
Many come to Charleston with one thing on their mind: food
. The best grits you'll ever have, prepared in ways you never imagined. Festive dockside oyster roasts. High-end Charleston restaurants. Outdoor cafés. Fresh from the dock seafood. Every meal is an event in itself. Prepared with perfection. Served with a warm smile.
Charleston is a shopper's heaven!
- The City Market is the very epicenter of sweetgrass basketry, one of the nation's oldest and most beautiful handicrafts of African origin.
- Nothing defines Southern charm quite like King Street. At more than 300 years old, it is a bustling thoroughfare where Charleston's past and present meet.
- Rainbow Row is named for 14 private homes which mirror the colors of the rainbow. This area dates from 1740 and was Charleston's waterfront district during the 18th century.