While my mom and I were in Charleston, one of my favorite activities was seeing Fort Sumter, which is where the Civil War began in 1861. I think that it was extra special for me after our trip to Gettysburg a few months prior.
The only way to get to Fort Sumter is by ferry. It was a smooth ride, and we even saw quite a few dolphins on the way back! Another favorite was the skyline of Charleston, which consists of churches instead of tall buildings.
We explored Charleston late at night our first night, did everything we could fit in during the one full day we had, then we went to Fort Sumter on our final day. It is a pretty quick trip, so it was perfect to wake up and check out the Fort, then leave for Myrtle Beach (our next destination) with plenty of daylight left to explore our area there! Keep in mind that Fort Sumter ferries only go out a certain number of times a day. The gentleman who sold us our tickets told me they only sell out on busy weekends (like Labor Day), but it’s good to know time-wise that you might have to plan around what time the ferry leaves.