Charleston survived the Civil War relatively unscathed. The result is that the old part of this coastal city offers visitors plenty of reminders of its past. The skyline is somewhat different from many American cities in that a city ordinance restricts the height of buildings downtown. Church steeples and the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River are the lasting memory visitors will take away when they leave. I’m getting ready to start writing a book to collect all of these great memories of Charleston… Probably also going to develop an ebook and a great ebook cover. Let me know if you are interested in getting it!
Walking tours are a popular way to see the City and they offer something for people of all interests:
- Civil War
A History Tour on foot is certainly a great introduction to the City and visitors doing this on the first day of their visit will soon find they have a huge number of photographs to edit that evening. Even then it is worth taking a tour in a horse drawn carriage; they are very popular during the main tourist months so you may have to queue.
There are many landmarks to see in Charleston and they include:
- Fort Sumter is where the Civil War began and it is a National Monument accessed by a 30 minute ferry ride from Liberty Square which is an attraction in itself.
- The French Quarter with its galleries, Churches and historical architecture. The Huguenot Church dates back to 1681 and the Circular Congregational Church to 1681.
- The Arthur Ravenel Bridge is just a decade old; it is the longest cable-stay bridge in the USA.
- Patriots’ Point Naval & Maritime Museum where there are several de-commissioned naval vessels, aircraft as well as a reconstruction of a Vietnam Camp.
- First Baptist Church, the oldest in the whole of the South, dating back to 1683.
- The Fireproof Building, first of its kind in the USA, BUILT IN 1827.
Charleston has much more to offer than history as the tours as mentioned above suggest. There are plenty of beaches in Greater Charleston while one natural feature is the Angel Oak which is said to be over 1000 years old. It’s a great place for a picnic. Some visitors may well head for the Charleston County Park offering camping facilities and then trails for hikers and cyclists. There is a lake close by for fishing as well.
Inevitably coastal cities like Charleston, welcoming many visitors each year, offer a range of water sports; kayaking, fly-boarding, boat charter and fishing.
There are many special events on Charleston’s calendar. The year begins with the Oyster Festival, the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition follows before Garden and House Tours in the spring with several activities associated with a month. Activity does not slacken right round to Christmas.
Most visitors tend to buy souvenirs of a visit to a new place and the Market is filled with sellers of everything from local crafts to candy.
Charleston offers quite a contrast from many cities of the USA with their skyscrapers and hectic lifestyle. It is certainly worth a visit, even if it is for only a weekend of your time.