The Gateway Walk
Secret string of gardens and churchyards
This walk, that gets its name from the ten wrought iron gates you pass through on your journey, starts on Archdale Street in the churchyard of St. John's Lutheran Church and ends at Church Street's St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. While the walk that was put together by The Garden Club of Charleston in 1930 sometimes feels like you are trespassing in some magical, private gardens, it is completely open to the public. Occasionally, a few of the gates are locked, but if you go out to the the street you can usually find another access point. In order, the stops are the gardens of St. John's Lutheran Church, Unitarian Church, Charleston Library Society, Gibbes Museum of Art, Circular Congregational Church and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. When you are passing through the churchyards, be sure to look at the dates on some of the oldest graves in the country.
4 Archdale St, Charleston, SC
Wander South of Broad
Quintessential Charleston neighborhood
With it's gorgeous homes and cobblestone streets, South of Broad is one of the most charming neighborhoods in the country. The best way to see it is wander around, getting lost among the streets and alleys, always stopping to read the historic landmark plaques on the sides of the buildings. In addition to the beautiful Legare, Church and Tradd Streets, there are fairytale like alleys including Stolls Alley and Longitude Lane.
Local dive for PBR
Bare bones spot for Gullah staples
While this neighborhood spot has been serving it's soul food for year, it has maintained the quality that keeps locals and now visitors raving. You have to try the crab rice while you are here, and if you think you can manage, pair it with other Gullah staples like okra soup or lima beans.
Queen Street Grocery
Classic corner store turned cafe
Awe-inspiring live oak that is hundreds of years old
This tree, that is estimated to be around 400 to 500 years old, is a sight to behold. It's longest branch is 187 feet in length and it's many branches create 17,000 square feet of shade. The Angle Oak's years have not all been easy, surviving damage from a number of natural disasters, including Hurricane Hugo in 1989. But it still continues to grow, with the branches sometimes dipping below the ground before reappearing later above the surface. Now owned by the City of Charleston, the tree is free to view and visit.