Charleston, SC is one of America?s most historic and interesting cities. There is something in Charleston for nearly everyone: a romantic tour in a horse carriage, a swim in the warm waters of Charleston?s 90 miles of coastline, or a visit to America?s first museum, founded in 1773.
Charleston earned Travel and Leisure Magazine?s top stop for ?World?s Best Cities? in 2016. There?s no reason not to visit, and when you do, here are three things about Charleston you should be sure to check out:
It?s one of our oldest cities, founded in 1670. If you have any interest in history, or want to show your children something of America?s colonial past, you can?t do better than Charleston. The oldest parts of town are by the harbor, and most of the buildings there are well-preserved and well worth looking through.
Stop first at the Visitor?s Center on Meeting Street. They can definitely help you decide what to see and what to skip if your time is limited. But do be sure to visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the Fort Sumpter National Monument, and the Old City Market which runs down Market Street.
Even if you?re not historically minded, a tour in a horse carriage or buggy rides are a fun way to spend the afternoon in the historic district. If you?re feeling romantic, take an evening carriage tour for just the two of you.
Charleston has a rich cultural culinary heritage, so be sure to plan in advance where you?d like to eat. Some of the cuisines worth trying include, of course, Charleston?s amazing seafood and its southern Lowcountry offerings. There are also great French and Creole restaurants reminiscent of the city’s old connections with New Orleans.
You can actually take culinary tours of Charleston if you?re so inclined, and taste some of the area?s iconic dishes: Beaufort Stew, shrimp and grits, green tomato po boys, or okra stew.
If you?ve taken a tour in a horse carriage on a warm day, head out to Charleston?s 90 miles of Atlantic coast to cool off. There’s dolphin watching, surfing and beach strolls at Folly Beach, kayaking and paddle boarding up Shem Creek, or the Kiawah Island Beachwalker Park. There are also bike rentals all along the beaches, so you can see a lot of the coastline up close.
There?s a lot to do in Charleston, and whether your idea of a relaxing vacation includes rigorous sports, sunbathing, private carriage tours, nature exploration, or historical monuments and museums, you?re almost sure to find it all in this delightful and historic town. You’ll see for yourself why Charleston has hundreds of thousands of tourist visitors every year!