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USS Yorktown

Tour an aircraft carrier that earned its battle stars in World War II and the Vietnam War.

The USS Yorktown is an 888-foot (271-meter) aircraft carrier. The naval ship served in several wars, earning a host of battle stars. Today it lies in the water off Patriots Point in the Charleston Harbor and is open to the public as a memorial and museum.

The USS Yorktown was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy. It was commissioned in 1943 and served in the Pacific Offensive. The ship was involved in heavy battles, including the sinking of enemy battleships and providing support to troops landing at Okinawa in Japan. During the Vietnam War it earned battle stars providing anti-submarine warfare support for faster carriers. One of the ship’s last missions was recovering the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule from the ocean in 1968.

This historic ship was decommissioned in 1970 and towed to Patriot’s Point Maritime Museum at Charleston Harbor. Take a tour to learn about life aboard this vessel. The ship housed up to 3,500 naval personnel and 90 aircraft at a time. Walk along the flight deck, through engine rooms and officers’ quarters. You can even take a ride in a flight simulator.

There are two museums on board, including a shipyard with photographs and tools. The Medal of Honor Museum is a memorial to sailors and officers and the hangar deck houses vintage airplanes.

Two films were made aboard the Yorktown: the Academy Award–winning documentary The Fighting Lady, filmed in 1944, and the 1970 American-Japanese war movie Tora! Tora! Tora! See a screening of The Fighting Lady for free in the Yorktown's theater.

When you need a break and some refreshments, head to the chief petty officer’s mess hall and enjoy a hot meal. There are also two snack bars.

Patriot's Point plays host to a Guppy III submarine, the USS Clamagore, and the battleship USS Laffey, which provided support on D-Day for the landing at Normandy.

USS Yorktown is on the waterfront at Patriot’s Point, Mount Pleasant, about a 10-minute drive from downtown Charleston. Consider taking a water taxis to get there, as dolphins are sometimes seen in the harbor. Water taxis leave hourly from Wharfside Street in downtown Charleston. If you’re driving, expect a fee to park. Patriot’s Point is open daily, except on Christmas Day.


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Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina $110
Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

Harborside at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

20 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 2,093 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    With its own full-service marina on Charleston's historic Harbor, the resort is near a golf course, USS Yorktown, and Shem Creek. Lively Downtown Charleston and Sullivan’s Island are a short water taxi ride away.

    Best Western Patriots Point $116
    Best Western Patriots Point

    Best Western Patriots Point

    259 McGrath Darby Blvd, Mount Pleasant
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 809 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Mount Pleasant, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and Shem Creek Park. USS Yorktown and The Citadel are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina $197
      The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

      The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

      28 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 146 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Mount Pleasant, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Patriots Point and USS Yorktown. Shem Creek Park and Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Belmond Charleston Place $349
        Belmond Charleston Place

        Belmond Charleston Place

        205 Meeting Street, Charleston
           
          4.7
          of 5, from 1,583 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Surrounded by 18th-century buildings in the city’s historic district, Belmond Charleston Place is a block from the antiques stores of King Street. Guests can walk 10 minutes south to Heyward-Washington House, which dates from 1772 and features a collection of Charleston-made furniture.

          The Meeting Street Inn $206
          The Meeting Street Inn

          The Meeting Street Inn

          173 Meeting Street, Charleston
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 652 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Historic Charleston, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Confederate Museum and College of Charleston. Charleston City Market and Circular Congregational Church are also within 5 minutes.

            Planters Inn $299
            Planters Inn

            Planters Inn

            112 N Market St, Charleston
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 865 reviews
              4.5 out of 5.0

              Built in 1844, this beautifully restored inn is situated on the historic Charleston City Market's Great Hall; the King Street Antiques District is only a block away and picturesque Rainbow Row is a short stroll away.

              Market Pavilion Hotel $309
              Market Pavilion Hotel

              Market Pavilion Hotel

              225 East Bay Street, Charleston
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 497 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Charleston hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal and College of Charleston. Waterfront Park and Charleston Waterfront Park are also within 5 minutes.

                Days Inn Historic District $118
                Days Inn Historic District

                Days Inn Historic District

                155 Meeting St, Charleston
                   
                  3.4
                  of 5, from 2,123 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the center of Charleston's historical area, this hotel is across from the City Market, and 5 blocks from Waterfront Park.