South Carolina is charming historic beautiful state. You can visit the islands off the mainland such as Hilton Head or drive right to the city of Charleston, where you can take a walk through time. There endless possibilities in this states.
Hilton Head was on of my favorite island that I have visited so far on this trip. I really didn’t know what to expect but I went anyways since it was listed as one of the best places to live in the entire state. I was blown away with it’s charm and peacefulness. Driving around was a bit confusing since alot of the island has gated communities. Once you get the hang of where to go it’s fantastic. You can ride your bike around the entire island if you wanted to as well. It has a laid back feel where you can tell people move here to get away fro the hustle and bustle of life. The architecture is stunning! If you like golf then this is the place for you to go. If you love southern charm but want to live an outdoor lifestyle look no further as Hilton Head is the place for you!
Charleston, surpasses my expectations in every way. The history, architecture, and food was out of this world. Downtown is a very walkable and you can spend days just trying to cover the entire city. I had to narrow it down to just a few things since I didn’t have a ton of time here and wanted to try and see as much as possible.
Rainbow Row is a row made of 13 colorful Georgian row houses. This group of houses is the longest row of houses in the entire country. It’s located not far from the water front and is definitely worth the trip!
Heyward Washington House
The house was built in 1772 is a Georgians style double house. Thomas Hayward was one of the four southern signers Declaration of Independence. George Washington visited Heyward and ended up staying in this very house. It’s a trip through time and a pretty cool place to visit if you like history.
National Russell finished building this in 1808. It cost $80,000 dollars at the time to build when the average house in the United States was an estimated a little of $250.00. Take a look at the furniture, art work, and dishes which you won’t find anywhere else!
The Magnolia Plantation is the most visited plantation in all of Charleston. It’s also considered America’s last large-scale romantic style garden. I couldn’t help myself think of the novel A Secret Garden as I walked through the grounds. The flows, trees, plants, landscape and lakes were indescribable. It is one of the most beautiful garden that I have ever seen. It’s beauty is one of a king and if you head to Charleston make sure to stop here. You will not regret it!
This park had more the 10 acres to walk around. There are pathways you can walk along as you look out to the river. There are even a few sings which you are able to use as you relax and smell the beautiful ocean air. This place is the best place to relax Charleston. Don’t forget to make this a stop on your list. People always say that the best things in life are free!
Swig and Swing BBQ
Swig and Swing BBQ is fairly new to the BBQ scene as it opened it’s doors in 2013. However, it has been making it’s round as one of the best BBQ restaurants in the state. It’s own by Anthony DiBernardo who is originally from New Jersey. The meat literally melted in my mouth. The burnt ends and brisket are out of this world. I would rate this in the top 5 BBQ that I have ever had hands down. I even asked for a small rib so I was able to try it and it was also delicious. If you are a BBQ fan then look no further this is the place for you!