Charleston ranks 8th on the list of best historical cities to visit in the USA. You'll feel transported back in time if you visit the picturesque and famously friendly city of Charleston. This east coast settlement, founded as an English colony in 1670, grew to become one of the nation's most prosperous cities, as well as a melting pot of cultures. Explore Charleston's plantations, museums, and colonial buildings to learn about the city's economic history, slave culture, and historical events. The McLeod Plantation Historic Site provides an excellent insight into slave life, while Fort Sumter provides insight into the beginnings of the Civil War. A visit to Charleston would be incomplete without seeing its impressive antebellum mansions, two of which are the Nathanial Russel House and the Calhourn Mansion.

A stroll through The Battery (a pretty waterfront public park) is the best way to soak in Charleston's southern charm and relaxed pace of life, admiring streets lined with grand eighteenth-century buildings and listening for the sound of horse-drawn carriages along the gas lamp-lit cobblestone pathways. There are numerous accommodation and dining options boasting strong historical connections, including historic homes that now serve as hotels along Zero George Street, as well as McCrady's restaurant, where George Washington once dined.

Suggested holidays:

  • Charleston is set in a beautiful region and you can explore both the city and it’s surrounds on this flydrive itinerary Experience Charleston and South Carolina. Or join the Deep South Discovery escorted tour to experience Charleston with an expert tour guide.

Location: South Carolina

Top 10 Best Historical Cities to Visit in the USA

  1. top 1 San Antonio
  2. top 2 New Orleans
  3. top 3 Philadelphia
  4. top 4 Santa Fe
  5. top 5 Washington D.C.
  6. top 6 Boston
  7. top 7 St Augustine
  8. top 8 Charleston
  9. top 9 Savannah
  10. top 10 Williamsburg

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