Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a fascinating city, surrounded on three sides by water, lots of history, full of activity, a surprise around every corner. The weather didn’t cooperate with us and 50,000 runners descended on the city for the last day or two for the annual ‘bridge run’. However we greatly appreciated the ground floor of the visitor center being available for RV parking plus the three free trolley routes through different parts of the city. Most of the waterfront is now public access, it’s possible to walk along the front from the Ashley River to the Cooper River via Charleston Harbor and the Waterfront Park, created after the damaging hurricane Hugo.
The lower third of the city consists of some beautiful neighborhoods with exotic Southern mansions, most of which are kept in wonderful shape along with their (often walled) gardens. The rest of the city is a bustling hive of shops, museums, churches, and restaurants. We visited several museums, City Market, Waterfront Park, Slave Market Museum (housed in the original building where slaves were imprisoned and traded for 7 years), and toured around the Mansions. We also took a side trip to Charlestown Landing where the first English settlement in Carolina was created, and where a replica trading ketch is moored.
Charles Towne Landing
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Downtown Charleston, South Carolina