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The Citadel, Charleston

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Attend one of the regularly held military parades on your visit to The Citadel, a historic military college known for its Moorish-inspired architecture. Parades happen weekly and feature cadets in formation marching along with drums, a band, and bagpipes. Go on a campus tour to learn more about the buildings and monuments on campus, like the Seraph Monument, a uniquely shaped structure that contains artifacts from the British submarine HMS Seraph and honors Anglo-American friendship and cooperation during World War II. Walk past the Citadel Ring Statue, a giant replica of the Citadel ring, widely known at the most important and treasured symbol of a graduate. Talk to the cadets on campus to learn more about the history of the school that's been around since 1842. Be sure to check the parade schedule online before you visit. Use our Charleston trip builder to visit The Citadel on your trip to Charleston, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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  • I have always enjoyed coming here, the grounds are so well maintained and to see all the old buildings, the tradition and honor. I've always felt a sense of pride when visiting this place, mostly beca...  more »
  • Interesting campus tour. Many military artifacts have been donated and are now campus attractions. The stained glass panels in the chapel and the giant class ring are the high lights.  more »
  • The buildings here are steeped in history. Make sure to go inside the church and see the stained glass panels. Each one has a plaque with its history underneath. Take time to stroll around.  more »
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  • We loved our time at the Citadel we took a whole day just to drive up from Edisto Beach to have a Kiwanis meeting in the Citadel and show our twelve year old at the time what it was like to be on a beautiful campus I recommend if you have time to visit this campus you should schedule it in your day
  • The Citadel is the best education in the nation. Education is more than a degree. The Citadel education is also about leadership, duty, pride and honor. It's funny how many experts there are from people that don't wear the band of gold. (The Ring) I would gladly go back and do it all over again. I can only hope that my sons will accept the challenge and have the experience called "The Citadel." Golf Company 1995
  • If you are in this area take 10 minutes to see how cadettes get trained. Unfortuately i didnt find the time to see the parade on friday afternoon.
  • We love the Citadel.
  • All I know is my grandpa went here, we still have the ceremonial sword on display.