This is known to be the oldest and largest city in South Carolina. The city lies by the coastline of South Carolina and is by the Charleston Harbor. Founded in the year 1670, this city was originally called Charles Town, named after King Charles II of England. The present name of the city was taken in 1783 at the time when the Revolutionary War came to an end. The port city has a history of having had the largest number of enslaved people who worked here under white merchants and planters.
The city today has several landmarks of its rich historical past. The architecture of the past is well preserved around the city. There are traditional communities as well as distinguished restaurants which have earned the city the accolade of being the “Most Friendly” city of America in several travel magazines.
When you visit Charleston you must visit Magnolia Gardens. Located in a large plantation site, this area houses historic and lush grounds which also includes a zoo. This lush garden dates back to pre Revolutionary times. There are boat and train tours as well as a petting zoo.
Patriots Point is a military museum, which is a popular place to visit where one can see exhibits of old Navy ships which comprise of models of aircraft carriers, submarine and destroyer that were used during the war times.
Rainbow Row is a historic district in the city that is a pleasure to explore. Not only does it reflect the community and living traditions here, the Georgian row houses here are iconic homes that were constructed way back in the 18th century and have been renovated and maintained even today.
Middleton Place is another place that even has inn rooms in the midst of a former plantation area. Known as the Ashley River based rice plantation which dates back to 1730, there are lodging quarters and garden areas.
Waterfront Park is another scenic park to visit here that has fountains and walkways which offer great views of the water bodies.