Charleston's beauty and charm has long captured the hearts of both visitors and filmmakers. We've rounded up our favorite Holy City Hollywood landmarks for a star-worthy getaway. First up? Charleston's most romantic cinema sites.
Date at the Theater
"The Notebook's" Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun's first date takes place at The American Theater. Now retired, the circa 1940's art deco building lives out its second life as a popular event venue. Be sure to check its marquee sign, which often reads the names of newlyweds who celebrated their nuptials at the adjacent William Aiken House.
The College of Charleston lies in the heart of downtown Charleston. Stroll through this beautiful, live oak-lined campus towards the canopied Cistern Yard, which you'll recognize from Allie's college scenes in "The Notebook." Randolph Hall, the building at the center of the nearby courtyard is where Savannah penned letters in "Dear John," and where the General Assembly convened in "The Patriot."
Take a quick trip to one of Charleston's barrier islands: Isle of Palms. Stroll the beach towards the fishing pier to the site of John Tyree and Savannah Curtis' first meeting in the flick "Dear John." Time your trip for sundown and watch the sun sink under the ocean horizon as your first day in Charleston comes to a close.
Find yourself in a bustling street reminiscent of a bygone time. Tee off on a gorgeous oceanside course. Spend the day bouncing around town, visiting some of our favorite film site locales. Charleston is an outdoor playground waiting to be explored.
ENJOY A SCOOP OF ICE CREAM
In "The Notebook," Allie and Noah take a summertime stroll down Mount Pleasant's historic Pitt Street. Pop into the Pitt Street Pharmacy, where you'll find a soda fountain and diner counter, to grab a scoop of ice cream just as the romantic duo did.
Lace up your walking shoes and take a walk down iconic Broad Street. You may recognize the street from the scene in "The Notebook" where Noah dismounts a moving bus to chase after Allie after catching a glimpse of her on the busy street.
Many scenes from the film "The Legend of Bagger Vance" starring Will Smith take place on the gorgeous Ocean Course at Kiawah. Designed to catch both the easterly and westerly winds, this course will test your swing while taking your breath away with its beauty.
Charlestons historic landmarks, storied streets and old world charm feels like stepping back in time. It's no surprise that Hollywood has turned back the clock to film these blockbusters.
Explore Boone Hall
Boone Hall, one of America's oldest living and working plantations, serves as the dreamy exterior of Allie Hamilton's summer home in "The Notebook." For the site of the movie's many canoe scenes, meander down to the creek. As you leave, take a look at the beautiful wrought iron gate which Noah hit with his truck during the film's break-up scene.
With over 65 acres of land to explore, this National Historic Landmark is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America - and the scene of the Britisher's Ball in "The Patriot." As you weave through centuries-old groves of crepe myrtles, magnolias and camellia, you may find yourself feeling transported to another place and time.
The magnificent Calhoun Mansion set the stage for the interior scenes of Allie's family home in "The Notebook." Built in 1876 at the height of the Glided Age, the 35-room mansion on Meeting Street is downtown Charleston's largest private residence and considered one of the most important standing examples of Victorian architecture on the Eastern Seaboard.