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paoramic view of historic district

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paoramic view of historic district


I wonder if there is any spot in Charleston that you can enjoy the view of whole historic distric . I mean something like Skydeck in Chicago or Top of the Rock in NYC. Is it possible to make it for free or relatively cheap?

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1. Re: paoramic view of historic district

There are no high rise buildings in Charleston (Mike Stone can give the explanation as to why), there isn't really any place that will give you a great look at the entire HD, the best spots are those that we mention frequently...

The Rooftop Bar at Market Pavillion.

The Ravenel Bridge (which isn't quite the HD, but you can see the harbor looking toward the HD).

Unfortunately, some of the best views are from the medical office buildings at MUSC, they are the tallest buildings around, but they are still not the heart of the HD, again more the harbor.

The view from the Pitt St. Bridge in Mt. Pleasant is very nice (looking back at the HD), but it's at water level.

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2. Re: paoramic view of historic district

Walk the Ravenel Bridge for a great view or visit the Rooftop over Vendue or the top floor of Market Pavillion.

There's also an observatory at CofC, albeit I've never checked it out. Hear they have great views too.

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The entire Charleston area is very flat (thus, the Lowcountry), the highest (land) spot in the HD is approx 12 ft above sea level. (some reports say higher than that, some say lower, not sure which is the most accurate) Most buildings in the HD and along the beaches are limited to 3-4 stories tall, at least partially so we don't turn into a city of cookie cutter high rise buildings with no charm.

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4. Re: paoramic view of historic district

Back in the day, you could visit the rooftop of the Peoples Bldg on Broad Street by just asking Mr. Wilcox, who had the penthouse office, to let you go out.

The catwalk around the steeple of St. Michaels Church is the best, but it's closely held. I haven't been up there since 1995.

If you need to get the views for serious reasons, there are some non-enjoyable spots - the rooftops of garage bldgs. The furthest south is the new city garage on Queen Street. Then the County garage at the corner of King&Queen, behind the Mills House Hotel. The city's Cumberland Street garage is five stories near the corner of Cumberland&Church, from the roof you'll see St. Philips, Circular Church, etc.

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