Charelston, SC may have been the most highly anticipated stop for us. For the past 6 months when we told people it was on our “places to see” list, the response was overwhelmingly positive.
“It’s my favorite place in the world”
“It is such an artsy, cool area. It is the next best town”
“You guys are going to love it”
So, with all of that being said, we made it our longest stay on our way to North Carolina. We stayed at James Island County Park for 4 nights, 5 days. It was less than a 15 minute drive to downtown Charleston, and the park itself was worth a days visit. It was huge, with over 6 miles of running trails, a huge water park, a splash playground, a dog park, a lake, several ponds, and during Christmas they apparently hold a light show that can compete against any in the US.
We spent the first day settling in…going grocery shopping and exploring the park. We bumped into a full timer, who spends her winters Workamping at James Island and summers working at gift shops at different National Parks. One great part of camping is the people you meet and the stuff you learn. Every idea of “normal” is suddenly (pleasantly) stripped away, leaving you with so many ideas, plans, and dreams. And the full timers seem so happy and so eager to help you pursue a similar life.
We spent the next day checking out downtown Charleston. It really was an amazing place. So many different sections.
There was a lot of history.
There was a lot of character.
It had anything you would ever want.
The next day we spent exploring different tourist attractions. I have to say that TripAdvisor has been my best friend during this trip.
I found a winery/distillery that we visited. It was really awesome and different. Definitely a Southern Style Winery.
Then we visited the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in the USA. My favorite part was the unlimited cold and hot tea 🙂
Our last stop was the Angel Oak Tree. This tree is thought to be the oldest live oak in the nation, possibly the world, estimated at 1500+ years old. While it was pretty crowded, it still had a majestic feel to it. Pretty incredible. Especially for a big tree lover, like myself 🙂
The next day we went back into downtown Charleston to explore..and get poured on :-). Oh well, even through sheets of rain it was a beautiful place!