Known as the oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston has plenty of historical sights and attractions for visitors to explore. From museums, to haunted hotels, to an Edgar Allan Poe-themed bar, this City has some hot spots for anyone looking for a new adventure.
You can start your exploration with a shopping trip around King Street, which is the center of Charleston’s retail district. Then, head to Upper King Street to visit art galleries and museums. If shopping isn’t your thing, head over to Johns Island, where you can find the Angel Oak Tree, stretching 1,700 square feet and reaching 65 feet at its upper branches. The tree is known for being one of the area’s most treasured natural landmarks. At almost 1,000 years old, the weaving, winding branches span in all directions. Another popular spot not to far from Charleston is the Isle of Palms. This is a great spot for a quick walk on the beach, and there are plenty of vacation rental properties available.
For a photo opportunity, just find the “pineapple fountain.” Located at Waterfront Park, this scene is one of the most photographed fountains in the region overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Cooper River. Head over on over around sunset for an ideal setting. Before or after your photo op, visit the Marion Square Farmers Market. Known for being the first farmers market in the area, it’s definitely the place to be on a weekend morning. You’ll find local produce, fresh seafood, and sustainably farmed meats from farms just a short drive from the city.
For the history buffs in your circle, you’ll definitely want to plan a trip to the Fort Sumter National Monument, which was the first official location for the start of the Civil War. Another must-see for tourists is the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon. Visitors can take a guided tour through the building to learn more about where President Washington greeted locals, where assemblies were held in the 18th century and how the building operated as a prison during the American Revolution.
During the winter, be sure to bundle up while visiting this city along the water. On the other hand, during the summer visits will need a nice place to cool down to escape the climbing temperature. Luckily, you can find fully air conditioned restaurants all around the city—who certainly have AC repair companies on speed dial, just in case.
Of course, a trip to Charleston isn’t complete without taking the time to try some of the local cuisine. Food is definitely the heart and soul of this city, and your taste buds won’t be disappointed. One of your stops should certainly be Hyman’s Seafood, who specializes in “low-country cuisine.” Seafood is always popular for this city along the coast, and there is no lack of options when it comes to bars and pubs in the area.
Regardless of your interests, Charleston has endless places to explore for first time and repeat visitors. Upon arrival, you’ll quickly see why Charleston is one of America’s best cities to visit.