Life in Charleston, South Carolina is a little less hectic and life experiences are meant to be savored and enjoyed. With their unique, southern drawl, the locals welcome visitors with a hug, a glass of sweet iced tea and invite you to talk about the city’s rich history and picturesque landmarks.
Voted by Conde Nast as the “Top City in the U.S.”, Charleston is a city with a story to tell. Read the infographic below for a bit more information on Charleston’s history and some hidden gems to see and experience while you’re there.
Experience history at the Old Exchange & Provost to learn the pivotal role the building played in the quest for American independence. Civil War buffs can experience history at Boone Hall Plantation, an antebellum plantation located on the outskirts of the city. The Confederate Museum also provides a unique perspective of the historical importance, rise and fall of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
Charleston’s art and architecture are as varied as its history. Take in the gorgeous landscapes of Middleton Place, a beautiful plantation with lush grounds and pre-Colonial architecture; stroll down “Rainbow Row” and view a series of vividly painted houses; or visit St. Michael’s Episcopal Church to see one of the first Colonial-American churches in the country and the oldest in Charleston. The Gibbes Museum of Art serves as one of the premier art museums in the Southern United States and opened to the public in 1905.
Be sure to enjoy the great outdoors when in Charleston. The Charleston Waterfront Park hosts 8 acres along the Charleston Harbor with walking and jogging paths and gorgeous fountains and grounds to explore. If you’re looking for wildlife, the Audubon Swamp Garden is an outdoor swamp with hundreds of species cohabitating in a unique swamp environment. If you’re ready to put your feet up and relax, then look no further than the Isle of Palms where you can witness gorgeous sunsets and all the amenities of an oceanfront vacation.
With so much to experience and learn, it’s easy to see why Charleston is one of the best places to visit in the country. Pack your bags today to experience southern hospitality, art, architecture and history married together in perfect harmony.