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CNN — Charleston’s Top 5 City Tours

  • Explore historic downtown Charleston by taking a city tour
  • Palmetto Carriage Works offers a nice overview for first-timers
  • Chai Y’all and Gullah Tours offer two very different cultural immersion experiences
  • ( — We went on 19 tours — that’s a lot of Charleston — and then worked up this list of the five best ways to explore historic downtown.

Palmetto Carriage Works

Who it’s for: First-time visitors who want a 101 overview of downtown Charleston — or anyone looking for a refresher course.

Why we picked it: After we tried every carriage company in town, Palmetto stood out for its guides’ wit and historic accuracy.

Southern Living tip: Palmetto offers free downtown parking. Take advantage of it: Arrive early and wander around the Market.