Travel Guide: The Charming Charleston
Feature Image: Janelle Marie Lloyd
Charleston, South Carolina is one of the oldest and quintessentially charming cities in America—and luckily, I get to call this paradise home. I’m not here to give you a history of my hometown. Instead, I hope to share some of my favorite landmarks and Holy City hideaways with you. In the words of an anonymous bold babe, “Charleston is always a good idea.” She’s right.
Rainbow Row, located South of Broad, is where you should aspire to live. Also, I recommend ignoring the “no trespassing signs” in favor of snapping a pic in front of one of these Charleston beauties.
The U.S.S. Yorktown is located just across the peninsula from downtown Charleston. If you’re looking for an all-encompassing view of the Holy City, the lookout deck is the place to be.
I have always considered Sullivan’s Island to be the heart of Charleston. Beachgoers can experience a panoramic view of each intricate detail of the city from the tip of the island: Fort Sumter, Folly Beach, downtown Charleston, independent islands. The whole city is visible from one, serene location
Colonial Lake is a manmade work of art located in the hip Harleston Village neighborhood on the edge of downtown Charleston. The lake is the perfect place to walk your dog and/or admire dogs that do not belong to you.
Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier
Paris or Charleston? My mention of this Holy City hole-in-the-wall establishment is for my fellow chocolate enthusiasts! Stepping into this place is like falling into the city of love; specifically, falling in love with chocolate.
Folly Beach & Morris Island Lighthouse
Folly Beach is an example of classic, historic charm with a little bit of hippie on top. This was the first beach I ever went to as a toddler; we breed beachgoers young in Carolina.
The Charleston Riverdogs minor-league baseball team is a tradition in Charleston, and the team’s stadium has become a modern-day landmark. If you’re in town during baseball season, go cheer on the team, take in the view, and eat some Cajun boiled peanuts for me.
Students from the College of Charleston and young professionals from the Medical University of South Carolina can be seen strolling through Cannon Park. The four profound columns at the center of the park once housed a sawmill and then hospital and then a museum and then a convention hall. The hall tragically burned, but a sad event left us with a sight that can only be seen in Charleston.
King Street should be one of your first stops in Chuck. Why? Because it has everything: shopping, history, recreation, and dining.
The Charleston Harbor gives sunset-seekers the opportunity to watch the sun descend into a skyline filled with cotton-candy clouds and scads of church steeples. There are plenty of boat services that offer dinnertime cruises, and there are also sailboats that offer sunset tours at reasonable rates.
Where are your favorite travel spots?