I have always loved the South.
When I read Gone with the Wind for the first time in 7th grade, I was utterly captivated by the southern charm and gentility that Margaret Mitchell brought to life in her novel. Obviously, a lot has changed (for the better) since the Civil War, but many southern ways of life have stayed the same – and are a big part of making Charleston a simply delightful place to visit.
Having visited many different cities in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida, this wasn’t my first foray into the lower United States, but it was definitely my favorite. There is so much beauty and history to soak up, and it doesn’t take long to see why Charleston is consistently voted one of the friendliest cities in America.
We spent five days there, and I think it was a perfect amount of time. Many of the highlights can be fit into a long weekend, but I would recommended giving it an extra day or two if you can…because there is so much to do and see! Here are my recommendations on the top five things you absolutely must do when visiting the enchanting city of Charleston!