9 Reasons Why You Need To Go To Charleston Right Now
For the sixth year in a row, Charleston was named as the No. 1 U.S. city by Travel + Leisure readers. Charleston also made Travel + Leisure’s World’s Top 15 Cities, the only U.S. city to make the cut in 2018. These are certainly deserving accolades considering the wealth of activities, history, Southern charm, and culinary delights this one-of-a-kind city offers.
Charleston was originally settled in 1670 and since then it has been the location of numerous crucial historical events that have shaped this great country. Charleston was once the hub of the Atlantic trade and one of the wealthiest cities in the American colonies. In 1774, representatives from all over the colonies came to the Exchange and Custom House to elect delegates to the Continental Congress, the members would later draft the Declaration of Independence.
There were over 135 engagements that took place in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War, more skirmishes than all of New England. On June 28, 1776, colonial forces at Fort Moultrie (which you can visit) in Sullivan’s Island survived an onslaught from British ships and armies. The incomplete base was able to withstand the pounding because the palmetto trees were flexible and able to withstand cannonballs. That is why the palmetto tree is on the South Carolina flag. The first shots fired in the American Civil War happened on April 12, 1861, at the island base of Fort Sumter that protected Charleston.
Several prominent buildings have been preserved and renovated. You can tour museum houses of distinguished dignitaries such as the Nathaniel Russell House, Aiken-Rhett House, Edmonston-Alston House, Drayton Hall, Heyward-Washington House, Joseph Manigault House, the Calhoun Mansion. Other historical venues include Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Dock Street Theatre, the Charleston City Market, and vibrant Rainbow Row.
There’s no better way to experience the history than to walk in the footsteps of the ghosts of Charleston with a city walking tour. Some of the better walking tours of Charleston that will inform you on everything from architecture to horticulture to history are Two Sisters Historic Walking Tours, Free Tours by Foot, Charleston Footprints, Lowcountry Walking Tours, and Charleston Sole Walking Tours.