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Growing up in Charleston South Carolina, I have always felt a strong sense of community. One would think that this is because it is my hometown, but I have grown to learn that it is our lively culture that binds us together. While Charleston may be smaller in size, it makes up for it with its diversity in culture. Most tourist spots don’t hold much value behind the “glitz and glam” of their attractions, but Charleston‘s appeal is that it is a town of many pieces, such as its artistic culture, historical background, and natural beauty that all fit together and compliment each other in a way that most cities can‘t.
Charleston is very supportive of the arts and throughout the year you will find numerous festivals and artistic performances, catering to all ages and interests. One of the most popular of these festivals is the Spoleto festival. During this time the city is filled with live performances varying in style and ethnic background. There is such a huge appreciation of the spirit of diversity, even within the art festival, and overall reflects the true beauty of Charleston.
Another strong facet of Charleston is its rich historical background, specifically as it is told through its architecture. Charleston was founded in 1670 as one of the original colonial settlements. This early history can be seen in the cobblestone streets in downtown Charleston, where horse and carriage rides are available for anyone wanting to explore the old fashioned beauty of Charleston. Also, a large variety of churches were founded and established back in the 1600’s, such as the St. Phillips Episcopal Church, which was founded in 1682. Charleston also played a key role later in history when the first shots of the American Civil War were fired from Fort Sumter, which is in Charleston’s Harbor. This historic site, as well many others such as Charles Town Landing and the cannons along the Battery, are available for the public to visit and are popular not only for their historical significance, but also their beauty.
Downtown Charleston is home to many of these historical landmarks but is also known for its natural beauty and charm as well. A popular destination is waterfront park which offers fountains for kids to enjoy as well as a breathtaking view of it’s ocean and marshes. There are also nearby opportunities to visit more of Charleston’s natural beauty such as the wildlife sanctuary, Cypress Gardens, and the numerous paths through marshlands and plantations. Charleston is also home to many beaches which provide a fun yet relaxing environment filled with tons sun and wildlife, including dolphins. Overall Charleston is a town booming with artistic culture and historical significance, topped with natural beauty, that everyone should be able to experience.