Travel to Historic Charleston
Charleston has myriad attractions, and getting there can be long and tiring or easy and pleasant. A bus rental allows all of your friends and family to come along and enjoy this lovely city together.
Riding Versus Walking
Sometimes, Charleston's sightseeing gems are within walking distance. If it's warm and summery, riding may be necessary. Travelers who cannot walk far need dependable transportation, and a charter bus or limo can get them to all the sites. Visitors with little ones may not be able to go far on foot, and they don't have to with a tour bus.
A side trip out to Folly Beach is so much easier when all the beach gear can go with you. Adults can have a couple of Margaritas without worrying about driving back to town. This beach is only about 15 minutes from downtown Charleston.
Riverboats of various sizes provide daily and special event tours for water lovers as well. Evening dinner tours or sunset cocktails are romantic, and daily rides for the family are relaxing and fun. Being in the water or on the water is a valuable asset of a Charleston vacation.
Meanwhile, back in the Historic Landmark District, a ride in a horse drawn carriage is yet another way to see the well-preserved homes and buildings in this city. Many carriages also have knowledgeable tour guides to share information about the historical aspects of the area. A carriage ride is also a good way to see which parts of the city need more perusal.
There are so many good restaurants in the Historical District, it's nearly impossible to be disappointed. Fresh seafood, unique beverages and local favorites are served in many establishments, and all of them love visitors. It might be necessary to make reservations to get seated in some restaurants, so calling before going is helpful. One BBQ place in the Historic District is a great favorite of a late show TV host. His picture is on the wall.
400 Years of History
The many homes and other restored places in the district are awe-inspiring and worthy of tours. It is possible to stand in the very room of a large, beautiful home where General Lafayette stood. George Washington stayed in the Heyward-Washington House on Church Street, and you can tour that house, too. There are several homes or buildings built in the 1700s that visitors can tour including the Powder Magazine. Built in 1748, it housed powder used to defend the city and is one of the most notable buildings still standing.
The Historic District is an architectural dream for anyone interested in the building trends throughout its history. Art Deco got into the mix later on, but there are structures built in Victorian, Italianate, Gothic Revival, Federal, Georgian and Colonial styles.
One of the sites most important to American history is Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor. The beginning of the Civil War started at this fort in 1861, and visitors can go inside the walls of the fort to experience seeing the same views that soldiers saw from the fort over 150 years ago. Some visitors have had ancestors that worked in that fort and saw the horrors of the war.
Back on the mainland, the view from the Battery across the water is a good walk along the walls. The ten historic homes sited along the battery are examples of mansion-like homes built to benefit from the breeze. These restored houses are truly amazing to behold.
The historic churches in the city also give tours, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church is the oldest surviving one from 1751. It sits at the corner of Meeting Street and Broad Street and has the oldest tower clock in North America. The bells still ring as they do in three other churches in town. The only part left from the 1768 organ is the case, but that is significant. The other old churches include Grace Episcopal, the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul and the Stella Maris Catholic Church.
The French Quarter of the historic area was in the original walled city, which took up 62 acres that sat above the marsh. English colonists wanted to protect themselves from naval assaults from the French and Spanish and skirmishes with Native Americans in the late 1600s. By 1730, the walls were being torn down so that the city could expand. The Pink House Tavern built in 1712, still stands on Chalmers Street. It is now an art gallery.
The "feel" of this colonial city can only be experienced in the Historic Landmark District. It is unparalleled, and you can only see these old structures right here. Get the charter trip set up and enjoy the living history.
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