After visiting Savannah, I thought the architecture couldn't be beat, but Charleston is every bit as nice. As with most cities, it can be a bit busy at times, and parking can be a problem, but still worth visiting.
|We stayed here at Lake Aire Campground - just outside of Charleston in Hollywood, SC. It's a nice RV park with large grassy sites. Also convenient to Charleston|
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was founded in 1676. However, the house pictured here is the 3rd to be built. The first was destroyed in an accidental fire...the 2nd was burned during the Civil War. The interesting thing about this house is that it was originally built in nearby Summerville before the Revolutionary War. Then in 1873, they disassembled it, and floated it down the river where they rebuilt it at this location!
|Azelea blooms near the bench add a colorful accent to this setting|
|Cypress roots pushing up through the ground at the lake in Magnolia Gardens. We also saw an alligator here in the lake.|
|Beautiful, tall bamboo gardens here.|
|Another noteworthy item about Magnolia Plantation and Gardens...It's the oldest public gardens in America. They opened their doors to the public in 1870. The Plantation still remains in the Drayton Family - Eleven Generations!!|
|To avoid parking problems, we took a Water Taxi from Mt Pleasant to Downtown Charleston. We also got to see some dolphins following us as we crossed the Cooper River. The beautiful Ravenal Bridge is pictured in the background|
|The famous Charleston Pineapple Fountain is the focal point here at Waterfront Park.|
|Historic area south of Broad Street. So many different buildings. Many of the streets are very narrow and some were cobblestone, making it a quaint place to walk and take in the beauty.|
|One of the many small Church Cemeteries located in downtown Charelston|
|One of the many homes on brick-lined Church Street. I'm not sure I can even afford to stand in front of the house...|