South Carolina

Editor Picks: The best Old Charleston walking tours

by Paul Stafford  |  Published December 22, 2016

South Carolina’s oldest city was founded in 1670. In centuries past, Charleston played a part in southern American history; the city became exceedingly prosperous during the Antebellum decades when the plantation business was at its most lucrative, and most slavery-intensive. Today however it is famed more for the well-preserved architecture and the affability of locals – being consistently named America’s friendliest city.

Much of the city was destroyed in the American Civil War, but there remain many beautiful and important old buildings in the historic quarter. The best way to explore is on foot, and we have compiled a list of the best five tours that will help you discover more about the city and its history. Our selections take into account a number of factors including duration, price and past reviews of the tours.