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Charleston: old and new

South Carolina's historic port city is a centre of fine museums and American Civil War monuments, as well as a magnet for modern fusion restaurants, contemporary art galleries and freestyle sports.
Rainbow Row on Bay Street
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM KEVIN RAUB.PHOTOGRAPHS: JOSHUA CRAIG/500PX, STEVE AYCOCK

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Aiken-Rhett House ( historiccharleston.org; 48 Elizabeth St)

The only surviving urban town-house complex, this 1820 abode gives a fascinating glimpse into pre-Civil War life on a 45-minute self-guided audio tour. The role of slaves is emphasized and visitors wander into their dorm-style quarters behind the house before moving on to the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

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