If you have been living in the U.S. for a while and have never visited Charleston, South Carolina, stop everything you’re doing right now and just book a flight or plan a road trip there. I’m serious. I don’t say that only because I’m French and this city looks and feels like Western Europe with palm trees. They also have good food. It’s one of the most beautiful city I’ve seen in the United States and a perfect destination for a long weekend trip. Plus, it’s affordable.
There are at least five options for campsites near Charleston, including a couple that are good and free. If you’re traveling with a van on an extended trip and are looking for the hardcore cheap option for camping, you can do so in the Francis Marion National Forest about 30 miles north of Charleston. We stayed in the Honey Hill Recreation Area, it was a very good free spot for a couple nights. It is about an hour drive to Downtown Charleston and there is a Wal-mart on the way to refill your cooler or get some cheap South Carolina gas.
Finally, if you want to see a plantation and don’t want to pay the $20 fee that most plantations in Mt. Pleasant charge, head over to the Hampton Plantation State Historic Site. The visit costs $7.5 and you can wander around the park for free.
Visiting Charleston was like traveling back in time.
We saw many trees.
Some places looked like an interesting mix of Paris and Nice, only sunnier.
Some houses were not exactly straight.
Plants and trees everywhere.
My favorite house. It’s just so simple, so beautiful.
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