Charleston is a dream destination for anyone looking for a historic city break. The city, located on South Carolina's coast, is famous as the starting point of the US Civil War – sail out into the harbor and visit Fort Sumter, where the first shots were fired. To discover more about this time period, head to the Confederate Museum, or to get a glimpse of what life was like before the war, visit Boone Hall, a former plantation that is now open to the public. Re-enter the 21st century and spend some time at the fascinating South Carolina Aquarium or browse the collection at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. As the sun goes down, take a Charleston ghost tour or a romantic carriage ride through the historic streets. End your weekend trip with a bar crawl around Charleston's craft beer pubs, many of which brew their own beers and ales.