Charleston is known as “America’s friendliest city” for many reasons! Visitors to this well preserved town of times gone past will be welcomed into the ambience of Charleston’s rich history, fascinating architecture, and Southern hospitality. Getting around Charleston is never easier than by renting a car straight from the airport and heading directly into South Carolina’s finest and most popular tourist destination.
Charleston has been around since 1670, so naturally the history of the area is a major draw for many visitors. Doing a tour of historical homes will not only take you back in time, but will give you an idea of Charleston’s roots. The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, The Nathaniel Russell House Museum, and Drayton Hall are all spectacular displays of American history with interactive exhibits and stunning grounds. Check out the antique furnishing and original fixtures while learning about the history of the Old South, slavery, and the Civil War era.
Can’t get enough Civil War history? A must-see is Fort Sumter, where the fateful war actually started with its very first shot. To have an unforgettable learning experience for adults and kids alike, take the ferry across the Charleston Harbor, and tour the fort, check out the cannons, and visit the excellent museum detailing the role of Fort Sumter in the war.
Back in the city, grab your camera and head for the Battery, a stretch of Southern style mansions overlooking the picturesque Charleston Harbor. Go late in the afternoon to bask in the soft glow of the golden setting sun while strolling through the neighborhood and along the waterfront boardwalk.
But Charleston isn’t just about the past. You will want to check out the beauty of present day as well. Start by visiting any of its many parks and beaches. Folly Beach and Isle of Palms County Park will give you the much-needed relaxation that you deserve after all of your explorations. Enjoy the Southern sun in the summer and the solitude of the empty sand in the off-season.
In case you want to get away from the crowds, hop into your rental car and drive to Sullivan’s Island. With excellent beaches, quaint eateries, and its rich local history, the island will make for a fantastic day trip. Alternatively, you can stay for a few days and get a whole new feel for the Charleston area.
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