Bring a good pair of walking shoes when you visit Charleston, for this is a city best experienced on foot. What better way to work off that delightfully rich South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine? Few visitors can resist a walking tour of Charleston’s lavish antebellum plantations, while the city’s downtown reveals architectural treasures around every corner. Charleston’s churches provoke “oohs” and “ahhs”-many are on The National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss the French Huguenot Church, an unusual and striking example of Gothic Revival style. Galleries, theaters, and cultural events, like the famous Spoleto Festival U.S.A., make Charleston a gem in every season.
Historic landmarks and homes steeped in tradition abound in this marvelous area, which also offers Civil War sites, such as Fort Sumter. Nearby Beaufort, Charleston, Hilton Head and Savannah feature fine food, museums, golf and miles of scenic ocean shores. Fish the lake, tour national wildlife refuges or charter a boat to fish or explore one of the many neighboring islands, including St. Helena and Hunting Island State Park. Check out a shark museum or the lighthouse, take a carriage tour or experience adventure with a river safari.