Who doesn’t love a little Southern charm? Nice people, sweet tea, Palmetto trees. Of course, tragically some things aren’t quite so charming. But South Carolina is back in a big way and proving proving its tenacity, love, and power for forgiveness last year. So that deserves a weekend visit right? Might we suggest Charleston? Founded in 1670 it’s like traveling back to see history first hand. Charleston gorgeous cobblestone streets and if you want to go full on tourist you can even go on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Plus Fort Sumter is located here for some much needed history lessons (doomed to repeat it and all if we don’t learn it). Case in point Charleston is where the first Civil War began. So make it a point to get to the The Historical downtown district as living history museum and absorb some of real cultural capital of the South. The city has been well loved and maintained.
But it isn’t all, well, challenging and humbling history. Charleston is an amazing place to visit for what it offers now. Travel and Leisure says it is one of the 8 best cities for hipsters. Don’t judge, we all like a nice cup of coffee and artisanal grits amirite? They say
This genteel city sashayed into the hipster top 10 for walking the line between old-fashioned and old-school. King Street is a reliable hotbed for antiques and design shopping, and in the area around Upper High King, you can kick back at High Wire Distilling (which makes small-batch rums, gins, and whiskeys) or Bay Street Biergarten, which offers craft beers and a Bavarian menu inside a rehabbed train depot. Don’t let their polite agreeability fool you, however: these South Carolina locals also scored well for being plenty smart.
Need more tips? This is My South has a great rundown of places to eat, visit, drink and generally get a sense of Charleston. Thanks to the visitor’s bureau for the beautiful evening photo.