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    Charleston, SC

    I saw some of the helpful ideas about Savannah, GA, so I thought I would ask about Charleston, SC where we are headed for the last week of July. We are renting a house right on the beach, but also want to do some historic and fun things. Any advice?



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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Savannah is my favorite but Charleston is a close second. Say hi to Mike for us.


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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Ft. Sumter, old plantations west of town (many located on Ashley River Road), the Angel Oak (huge, old tree), The Charleston Tea Plantation, historic homes in town, the old churches (see George Washington's pew), The Citadel, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, etc.


    Old plantations on Ashley River Road + Angel Oak + Tea Plantation + lunch at the Sunflower Cafe (also on Ashley River Road). All of these are very near to each other.


    Last edited by ISUAgronomist; 06-13-2012 at 06:04 PM.


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    Re: Charleston, SC

    All you need to know about Charleston, SC:

    1. The churches, Confederate Hall and "Rainbow Row" are a must-see if you're into architecture.
    2. Check out the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park.
    3. French Quarter is always nice.
    4. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is one of my favorite restaurants...they have one.
    5. A drive across the Ravenelle Bridge gives you a scenic view of Downtown.
    6. I believe it's the USS Yorktown that's stationed there? Check that out.
    7. Got a wife/girlfriend/mistress who loved the movie "The Notebook"? Take her to King Street. Boone Hall Plantation isn't too far away either.

    In case you're wondering how I know all this, my wife and I took our honeymoon to Myrtle Beach, which included a day trip to Charleston.




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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Anywhere around downtown Charleston is great. Ft. Sumter is a good historical sight to see. Beaufort is about an hour south, and it has a lot of civil war history. A lot of the shoreline buildings still have cannon emplacements built into them. There is a big festival there at the end of July. They have concerts, beer, people, and military flyovers from the local base. I was stationed there in the Marines. There is a beautiful string of Islands that runs past Beaufort. That is all just north of Hilton Head Island which is always a fun place to go. There is really a lot to do all around the Charleston area. I miss that place. Just don't get lost in the wrong part of Charleston(it can get pretty sketchy).


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    There's a whole bunch of lame, overpriced tourist traps in the "old town" part of Charleston; avoid them, but definitely check out the architecture and ocean views in that part of town.



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    Re: Charleston, SC

    If you are into baseball, check out a Riverdogs game. I might be waxing nostalgic, but I always went to games growing up, and I feel that the view of the Ashley River and surrounding area rivals Principal Park. Plus, the Dogs aren't doing all too badly this year; a quick view of their website shows them at 2nd place behind Asheville.

    There's so many places to view downtown, it's hard to tell you where to start. The Battery is a beautiful area, as are all the houses down that way. Fort Sumter is an interesting visit, and the USS Yorktown like someone else mentioned is also worthwhile. Also try to find a tour of the city's haunted sites. It's very illuminating and gives you a good sense of the city's history.

    Make sure to check out the aquarium, too! They built it just as we moved away, but we saw it on a return visit and loved it!


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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Quote Originally Posted by fnclone View Post
    Anywhere around downtown Charleston is great. Ft. Sumter is a good historical sight to see. Beaufort is about an hour south, and it has a lot of civil war history. A lot of the shoreline buildings still have cannon emplacements built into them. There is a big festival there at the end of July. They have concerts, beer, people, and military flyovers from the local base. I was stationed there in the Marines. There is a beautiful string of Islands that runs past Beaufort. That is all just north of Hilton Head Island which is always a fun place to go. There is really a lot to do all around the Charleston area. I miss that place. Just don't get lost in the wrong part of Charleston(it can get pretty sketchy).
    I was trying to think of this, but I couldn't remember what it was called. Spoleto just ended, so OP will definitely miss that by a long shot.


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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Quote Originally Posted by AirWalke View Post
    I was trying to think of this, but I couldn't remember what it was called. Spoleto just ended, so OP will definitely miss that by a long shot.


    Thanks for the good ideas. Any other local treasures? How about the best out-of-the-way ribs place in Charleston?



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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Melvins BBQ. Good stuff.



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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Quote Originally Posted by ISpyCy View Post
    All you need to know about Charleston, SC:

    1. The churches, Confederate Hall and "Rainbow Row" are a must-see if you're into architecture.
    2. Check out the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park.
    3. French Quarter is always nice.
    4. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is one of my favorite restaurants...they have one.
    5. A drive across the Ravenelle Bridge gives you a scenic view of Downtown.
    6. I believe it's the USS Yorktown that's stationed there? Check that out.
    7. Got a wife/girlfriend/mistress who loved the movie "The Notebook"? Take her to King Street. Boone Hall Plantation isn't too far away either.

    In case you're wondering how I know all this, my wife and I took our honeymoon to Myrtle Beach, which included a day trip to Charleston.
    This is all good stuff, just had some engagement pictures taken a couple weeks ago at Boone Hall Plantation.



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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    Thanks for the good ideas. Any other local treasures? How about the best out-of-the-way ribs place in Charleston?
    Shrimp and grits, thank me later


    Last edited by gharris; 06-14-2012 at 11:03 AM. Reason: Any higher scale place downtown

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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    I saw some of the helpful ideas about Savannah, GA, so I thought I would ask about Charleston, SC where we are headed for the last week of July. We are renting a house right on the beach, but also want to do some historic and fun things. Any advice?
    Charleston blows Savannah away...historically, restaurants, hotels, cultural events, landmarks, civil and revolutionary war sites.

    Make Savannah a day trip. Spend 3-5 days in charleston



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    Re: Charleston, SC

    Quote Originally Posted by ISpyCy View Post
    All you need to know about Charleston, SC:

    1. The churches, Confederate Hall and "Rainbow Row" are a must-see if you're into architecture.
    2. Check out the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park.
    3. French Quarter is always nice.
    4. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is one of my favorite restaurants...they have one.
    5. A drive across the Ravenelle Bridge gives you a scenic view of Downtown.
    6. I believe it's the USS Yorktown that's stationed there? Check that out.
    7. Got a wife/girlfriend/mistress who loved the movie "The Notebook"? Take her to King Street. Boone Hall Plantation isn't too far away either.

    In case you're wondering how I know all this, my wife and I took our honeymoon to Myrtle Beach, which included a day trip to Charleston.

    good stuff except #4. You might as well go to Applebee's



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    Re: Charleston, SC

    The downtown area is pretty cool. I wish I had gone out to the Yorktown. We got to golf at Kiawah Island, which was sweet. The nation's oldest tree is somewhere around there, I think, but the bus driver wandered all over the place trying to find it, so I'm not exactly sure where it is. Also a Civil War era sub to see.

    It was 99 degrees with high, high humidity when I was there (July), and you couldn't step outside without sweating. Drank 4 waters and 5 Gatoraids on my 18 holes at Kiawah Island, and still didn't have to pee til we got back to the hotel.



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