Navigating Charleston: The Right Neighborhood for Any Vacation
Charleston is a city that’s known for bringing history to life. From picturesque plantations to painstakingly preserved historic homes, this city has attractions to suit visitors of every age and interest. Pick your neighborhood carefully and you can book a hotel just steps away from the some of the beautiful sights and memorable attractions of your favorite part of Charleston.
North Charleston – Ample Green Space
North Charleston will put you close to the Charleston International Airport, so handy airport hotels that streamline your flight travel will also put you close to this beautiful neighborhood. The highlight of North Charleston is Wannamaker County Park. This expansive green space features walking and biking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and an off-leash dog park that’s ideal for travelers with canine companions.
Downtown Charleston – Historic Homes
If you’re interested in historic home tours, Downtown Charleston has plenty to offer. The Aiken-Rhett House features interiors that are almost unchanged since 1858. The Edmonston-Alston House dates to 1825. The home includes many family pieces that have been largely undisturbed for the last 150 years. The Nathaniel Russell House features period antiques from the early 1800s when the home was built. At the Heyward-Washington House, guests can stroll a formal 18th century garden. Downtown Charleston truly offers a step back in time.
West Ashley – Elegant Plantations
The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens are so stunning that they were named one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel & Leisure in 2014. Some sections of the garden date back as many as 325 years. Middleton Place, also located in West Ashley, features America’s oldest landscaped gardens. This site truly takes guests back to its earlier days with period activities that demonstrate agriculture and horticulture in the 18th and 19th centuries. For plantation splendor, this neighborhood is an excellent choice.
Folly Beach – Waterfront Activities
If sun and sand are on your vacation agenda, book a Charleston hotel near Folly Beach. Folly Beach County Park puts you between the Atlantic Ocean and Folly River. The Folly Beach Fishing Pier features a 7,500 square foot platform and rod rentals. Fishing tournaments and moonlight mixers regularly take place at the fishing pier.
Mount Pleasant – Stunning Wildlife
Mount Pleasant is home to the Center for Birds of Prey. Here, visitors can see over 40 species of birds of prey including eagles, owls, vultures, hawks, and falcons. One-hour guided tours are available for guests who prefer a detailed look at the facility. Others are welcome to wander through the grounds, visit the Owl Wood, take in educational exhibits, and catch a flight demonstration. The center is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
If you prefer to see wildlife in a more open setting, visit the Palmetto Islands County Park. The 943-acre park features walking paths, picnic areas, and paddle boats.
Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites. In her free time, she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways.