While we opted to fly this time (and will probably do so in the future), we also rented a car to get us around to the farther (not very far) places that we could not walk to, BUT we also opted to take most of the city by walking storm and it was GREAT to get the exercise, explore the city (and truly see it!) AND have an excuse to eat those treats!
We found Charleston (especially downtown) to be incredibly walkable, BUT keep in mind, that even in October, it is HOT! and HUMID! So a normal one mile walk CAN seem like an eternity when you’re walking there! The boys were troopers and made it to our destinations “relatively” unscathed…
Here are a few spots that are MUST-stops in your walking travels:
- Waterfront Park – easy breezes, a big long pier to enjoy the sites (including places to sit and swing) and a view of the famous pineapple fountain
- Rainbow Row – MY FAVORITE! Historical row homes that are painted in vibrant colors – absolutely gorgeous!
- Charleston City Market – This is a GREAT row of shops/trades that make great souvenirs, but also has FANS, some A/C, and bathrooms when you and your crew may need a quick break. (Keep in mind, the quarters can be a wee bit tighter, so keep that in mind when bringing strollers along!)
- King Street – shopping galore! We didn’t have much to do on this street, mainly because we love to see things more locally, but looking for shopping + air conditioning = this is your stop!
- Meeting Street/Church Street/Chamberland – walk these streets for more Shoppes, places to eat, and plenty of architecture to see!
- Fort Sumter/South Carolina Aquarium – on the days you head to these stops, be sure to explore the area near these piers. Beautiful cobblestone streets, benches, and gorgeous greenery for photographs, rest, and more!
O the Places We Went
Do you prefer to walk, drive, or fly to your vacation destinations? Once there, how do you get around?
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