What is the best way to see Charleston in one day?

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If you only have one day to experience Charleston, park the car downtown and set out on foot. Visit the City Market early, beating the crowds for a chance to have conversations with the local artisan vendors and pick up a few authentic mementos.

Stroll down Meeting Street to Liberty Square, where boat tours depart to Fort Sumter. Control of this historic fort weighed heavily on Charleston’s day-to-day fate during the Civil War, and its walls and interior have been meticulously preserved by the U.S. National Park Service. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Charleston peninsula on the ferry ride back, before walking next door to the South Carolina Aquarium, with its impressive mountains-to-sea marine life exhibits. Making your way around town, take advantage of the numerous pedicab services; it’s an affordable, fun, and quick way to get around — just don’t forget to tip your rider for the hard work.

In the evening, take your pick from the city’s host of top tier restaurants, including Husk, Charleston Grill, and FIG (Food Is Good). End your night with a stroll around White Point Gardens, watching boat lights flicker across Charleston Harbor.

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