By Carissa Hickok
Charleston is a charming southern city located in South Carolina next to the Atlantic Ocean. Charleston is further south than Myrtle Beach. Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina and has a colorful history. The area was originally named Charles Town, after King Charles II of England. Now, it is a popular tourist destination and the subtropical climate is welcoming all year long, although summers are particularly hot and wet. If you can “take the heat” then this is a beautiful, fun spot to visit, with lots of history and plenty to see and do.
Charleston International Airport is a convenient way to travel to Charleston. But if airplanes are not your thing, you have the option of taking the Amtrak train – the Palmetto and the Silver Meteor – both trains stop in Charleston. If you prefer to drive, you can take I-95 to I-26, which will lead you directly to Charleston. If you are driving along the Atlantic coast, you can take US 17 to Charleston.
The Port of Charleston is one of the largest in the United States with five terminals and a sixth terminal in the works. From the port, you can also catch cruises to Key West, FL and the Bahamas.
Charleston is famous for its culture and architecture. Its culture is a juxtaposition of southern, English, French, and West African influences. In Charleston, you can find buildings constructed in Greek Revival and Gothic Revival styles. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is also a sight to see as it spans 13,200 feet and has 8 car lanes and a 12-foot wide pedestrian and bicycle lane. The bridge is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the country.
From the ocean to the rivers to the lakes, there is no shortage of water for water sports enthusiasts. You can pick from kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and schooners. Take a private charter to see the sunrise, sunset, or dolphins. Enjoy the sun and take advantage of the warm weather when you can.
The Battery is a top attraction for those visiting Charleston. The Battery is a row of southern-style mansions overlooking the Charleston Harbor along the city’s southern tip. Be sure to bring your camera as you walk through this picturesque community.
Charleston isn’t just a major city, it’s also a coastal town. Sullivan’s Island sits at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor and boasts restaurants, shops, and beaches. You will also find vacation rentals here that offer more seclusion than the hotels in downtown Charleston.
Isle of Palms County Park is another beach destination with 7 miles of coastline. The Isle is popular with families than the other Charleston beaches. Folly Beach attracts a large crowd with its large expanse of shoreline. Visit the beachfront bars and eateries for a break from the sun. You can also expect to find a variety of seashells as you stroll along the water.
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.