Touring Charleston

I loved Savannah on my first, and only, visit. It’s a quaint, beautiful, historic city with great shops, boutiques, restaurants, and sights. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend that you visit.

Charleston offers more of the same, except on a higher level, in my opinion.

Architecture. I love Charleston’s Caribbean-inspired tall, deep, and narrow homes, with side porches to catch the prevailing winds. Another appealing aspect of Charleston’s homes, and other buildings for that matter, is color. In Charleston, there are colorful pastels everywhere you look. Take a look at this birdseye view of “Rainbow Row.” There’s no other place like it!

Another place that separates Charleston from other cities architecturally, is the “Battery,” with its huge mansions, seen here.

While not located inside of the city’s boundaries, there are also a number of famous, must-see plantations, such as Middleton Place, within a short drive of downtown Charleston.

Food. Aside from its architecture, Charleston is known for the high quality of its restaurants. There’s great food around every corner. Charleston is known for its shrimp and grits plates and she-crab soup, which all of us at Get Ranked On Page One love, but barbecue is not far behind.

Lodging. As with its restaurants, Charleston is overrun with quaint, usually upscale accommodations, within walking distance of almost everything that you’d want to see. If possible, and if within your budget, I would try to stay near the City Market in the heart of Charleston.

History. Charleston was founded in 1670 and has played a large role in the early history of our country. Of course, the first shots of the Civil War were fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. A 30 minute ferry ride will take you too see the remnants of the fort but the most interesting part of the experience is the museum located at the land-side boarding area of the ferry.

Nearby plantations.  Including the previously mentioned Middleton Place, there are six plantions in the Charleston area which are worthy of a visit. One would need at least a half of a day per plantation for a good visit, so if you decide to go, choose wisely. Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation, and Drayton Hall are location within close proximity of one another along Ashley River Road, northwest of Charleston.

This city has been rated Travel & Leisure  magazine’s “best city for since 2013 and those of us at couldn’t agree more. We highly recommend that you visit this city whwnever you have the chance.