As you all know by now, I have been traveling down south for the past week and have visited Charleston, Savannah and Orlando. I’m currently into my second week of traveling – and second trip, detailed here – and fly out to Las Vegas later today! Charleston was my first stop on my trip with my mom and it was my first time visiting! I have to say it was one of the most charming and picturesque places I’ve ever been. While you’re walking down the cobblestone streets you can’t imagine that a street can get any cuter until you turn the corner!
We arrived late last Thursday evening and went exploring just before dark. We walked down Queen St. (some of the cutest houses!) and down Rainbow Row (seen below)! You are able to take horse drawn carriage tours through the historic district of Charleston. You can see one in the picture below. If you’re currently planning a trip or think you would like to take a carriage ride you are able to do so ahead of time here. I wish I had because I love learning about the history of the places I’m visiting.
We stayed right downtown in the historic district within walking distance from lots of restaurants, King St. (for shopping) and other must-see places. I would highly recommend staying in the historic district of Charleston so that you aren’t driving into town every day looking for a parking space! As I talked about here, I had the best fried chicken I’ve ever had while I was there. It was at a restaurant called Poogan’s Porch, which you absolutely need to go to if you’re in Charleston. They have a gorgeous outdoor patio in the front and back of the restaurant and a great wine list! In traditional southern comfort food fashion the fried chicken was accompanied by seasoned mashed potatoes, green beans and gravy. Ughh, I’m drooling just thinking about it…
I became obsessed with flower boxes and doors while I was there and couldn’t stop taking pictures! The wrought iron detailing of the fences also caught my eye while I was walking. I brought a walking map with me wherever I went, but I found the city to be very easily navigable. I’m sure I would have become even more familiar with it had I taken one of the carriage tours I discussed above.
One of my favorite parts of the city was being able to walk by the river. Since the city is a peninsula it is pretty easy to find one of the three sides to go to and look out over the water. There are some beautiful trees and statues in the Battery and there is a pier you can walk out on and see Fort Sumter (if you squint..)
I wish I could’ve stayed here longer and taken pictures of every house I saw. Since I didn’t do that, though, you all should go for yourselves and share your pictures with me! This is absolutely a city I will be visiting again to try some of the amazing seafood and check out Charleston’s nightlife. There is quite a lot to do and see outside of the historic district, as well. On our way out of the city we stopped to tour Boone Hall Plantation, which is known for being the summer house that Ali’s parents owned in The Notebook – I know, you guys, Ryan Gosling stood where I stood. It was a beautiful place preserved in time that is absolutely worth the visit. It is one of the most photographed places in the south with the long driveway coming up toward the mansion lined with live oaks and spanish moss.