There is something quite extraordinary going on later this week near our luxury beach house rentals SC.  It combines light, art, and a local iconic landmark.  More about that in a minute.

Although this is the non-primetime season for Isle of Palms vacation rentals, you could argue it’s a pretty perfect time to be here.  The weather is gorgeous, ideal for going to the beach.  Plus you can score some great deals on a Charleston beach house.

If you’ve been to one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC before, no doubt you have seen the massive aircraft carrier parked in Charleston’s harbor.

The USS Yorktown is a beloved institution, both locally and nationally.  No visit to our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston is complete without a stop at the Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum, as it’s officially known.

The Yorktown is docked permanently near our luxury beach house rentals SC

The Yorktown is docked permanently near our luxury beach house rentals SC

The Yorktown was one of only two dozen Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II.  Also known as the “Fighting Lady,” she earned 11 battle stars while serving in the Pacific from 1943-45.  She was later modernized and went on to earn five battle stars during the Vietnam War, then later served as the recovery craft for the space mission Apollo 8.  She also made an appearance on the silver screen in the famous Pearl Harbor movie, “Tora! Tora! Tora!”

The museum encompasses more than “just” the aircraft carrier.  There are other military vessels to tour – the Cold War submarine Clamagore, and the WWII destroyer, Laffey, as well as numerous aircraft.  The National Medal of Honor Museum is now located on board the Yorktown.  And on the Patriot’s Point museum grounds is the Vietnam Experience, the only Vietnam support base camp in the United States.

When Patriot’s Point opened on January 3, 1976 to an excited crowd of 2,601 people, it was the very first time an aircraft carrier was opened as a museum.  It spawned a trend that’s spread to many other cities across the globe.

Over the years, well over 10 million people have visited the Yorktown.

A cool light project near our luxury beach house rentals SC

If you are staying in a beach house Charleston on IOP or one of our other luxury beach house rentals SC, you’d be wise to visit the Yorktown this week.  Actually, you don’t even have to pay admission or board the ship to have a neat experience and see it in a new light, so to speak.

The Yorktown, lit up

The world renowned light artist Gerry Hofstetter has come all the way from his native Switzerland to create the latest installment of his “Light Art Grand Tour USA.”  

In this rather incredible art project, he is travelling to all 50 states.  He’s selected one national monument or landmark in each state, and he projects dramatic light images onto them using four large projectors.  A team of photographers then photograph and film the resulting light show.  They are producing a documentary on the project.

He will be projecting his images on the Yorktown this coming Thursday evening, from 8:00 till 10:00 p.m.  There is no charge, and even parking will be free at Patriot’s Point.

Here’s more on the story from the Post & Courier, which also has additional photos.

All of this is located on the Mount Pleasant side of the harbor.  It’s a very convenient drive from your luxury house on Isle of Palms or any of our SC vacation rentals.  Here’s the official website:

So check out something cool you won’t see again, probably ever.  And remember, when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, call EP.  We have the very best in luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


Photo credit: Post & Courier