In the Lowcountry, history is not relegated to a plaque on a landmark. Instead, it is a sense of place—a connection to the past—that lives in the hearts of locals, is apparent in regional traditions, graces the facades of homes, punctuates the vernacular and seasons the food. While the Charleston area is indeed a veritable living museum, it is also a bustling epicenter of culture, invigorating outdoor activity and sumptuous dining that welcomes close to four million visitors annually.
With her confection-colored antebellum mansions and charming sense of European elegance, Charleston is a cosmopolitan seaside idyll that remains untouched by fad or fashion. A repository for decorative arts, Charleston exists as one of North America’s most architecturally significant destinations. Called the Holy City, a nod to the many church steeples that dominate the city skyline, Charleston is a preservationist’s muse with three centuries of well-preserved history on display at every turn.
Flickering copper gas carriage lanterns, ornate hand-wrought ironwork, and hitching posts used by horse-drawn carriages hint at a bygone era. Manicured public parks and glimmers of private gardens turn Charleston into a botanical wonderland, where the delicate aromas of tea olive trees and Carolina Jasmine vines dance amid the sea breezes. The harmony of church bells resonates with the hum of the city, and the sidewalks are made of blue slate. These are the details that reveal themselves when the Charleston peninsula is explored on foot. The Charleston peninsula is a fabulous example of intelligent urban planning. The early city was laid out on a grid, which resulted in scores of easy-to-navigate perpendicular streets that are pedestrian friendly. It is very easy to walk the entire peninsula.
Charleston, South Carolina is more than just one of the country's most beloved cities, it's home to five beautifully distinct beach towns. Come, explore Charleston!