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USATourist News Magazine

November 2007

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What's new at USATourist.com

Welcome to the November 2007 issue of USATourist News Magazine. This month we are excited to share with you some of the changes occurring on our USATourist website. If you have visited our homepage lately you probably have noticed the USATourist team has been hard at work transitioning to a new format. Eventually, the entire site will be accessible in the new design and we hope the new layout will help you easily navigate the site. You will also notice we are adding new transportation pages for many U.S. cites. Phoenix, Tucson and the Grand Canyon are the first of many to include our new transportation pages and they have already been transitioned into our new format in some languages.

The other exciting news is our USATourist Community is up and running. This is a great place to ask questions, receive travel tips, and meet new people. We also want to read your stories and see your photos. Please stop by our USA Travelogues forum and share your experiences of your travel in the USA.

We also have a forum just for News Magazine discussions. Feel free to ask questions, offer suggestions, or just leave a comment. Please stop by the website today and introduce yourself. We would love to hear where you are from, where have been, where are going, and where you want to go!

Every month we will be posting a poll question for you to answer in our News Magazine forum. So, come on over and sign up to join the community.

Poll Question: "Whom do you travel with?"

Historic Charleston

Charleston is oftentimes best experienced on foot.
The Downtown Historic District is three square miles.
Around each corner, and down every alley awaits a
new detail waiting to be discovered.

Charleston, South Carolina

This month we are going to make a stop in the lovely southern town of Charleston, South Carolina. The State sits on the eastern coast of the United States, south of North Carolina and north of Georgia. The city of Charleston is situated near the eastern coast of the state.

Charleston exudes elegance and true southern hospitality. The city prides itself in frequently taking the top spot in the late etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart's list of America’s best-mannered cities.

The cobblestone streets and dated, yet well-preserved, buildings add to the historic ambience of the area. If you are a USA history buff you will be intrigued by Charleston. The city's rich history dates back to its 1670 settlement. The town has seen pirates, Indians, slavery, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, two major wars, extreme wealth and poverty. Despite all of these challenges, over 600 structures built before the 1840's still stand. The Charleston Museum is "America's First Museum"; it was founded in 1773. Five years after opening much of the original collection was destroyed by fire. Today the museum is open to the public to learn about the rich history of Charleston. Two National Historic Landmark houses are also open to visitors: Heyward-Washington House, “Charleston’s Revolutionary War House", and the Joseph Manigault House, “Charleston's Huguenot House.”

Chalmers Street

Chalmers Street is located in downtown Charleston.
The thoroughfare is still lined with cobblestones.

April and May are wonderful months to visit Charleston. Gorgeous azaleas peak in the middle of March through the first half of April, blooming all over the city. Plus the temperatures are ideal during the spring months. The 61st Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens will be held March 13 - April 12, 2008, and is the perfect time for you to immerse yourself in Charleston's rich culture by touring some of the local historic homes and gardens. The Charleston International Antiques Show kicks off the festival. There will be a plentitude of entertainment and activities, including wine-tasting provided by the local Charleston restaurant, Circa 1886, oyster roasts and picnics at historic Drayton Hall, and so much more. Some of the local hotels are already sold out, so if you would like to visit Charleston this coming March or April, 2008, you will want to make your hotel or bed and breakfast reservations now.

Located only 21 miles (33 km) southwest of Charleston in Wadmalaw Island is the Charleston Tea Plantation where visitors can see where Bigelow tea is harvested and processed; the plantation is open year round. May 17, 2008 will be the 2008 First Flush Festival. The day is in celebration of the first cutting of the 2008 tea crop. The next week kicks off the 2008 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston; events will begin May 23 through June 8.

Fun Facts: Charleston was originally called Charles Town in honor of King Charles II of England. And, the Charleston dance that soared in popularity in the 1920's was named for Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston Trusted Tours

Planning your next vacation to Charleston? Include one or two tours. There are many choices in the area: Charleston Tours and Attractions include the South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Carriage Tours walking tours and much, much more!

Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall - Construction of the Drayton Hall plantation house began
in 1738 and its Georgian-Palladian architecture represents the oldest
surviving example of its kind in the American South.

The Wreck of Richard and Charlene

Only a few miles from Charleston in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant is a restaurant worth tracking down. It is called the Wreck of Richard and Charlene. Local residents call the Wreck. It isn't overly advertised; in fact, you would never guess it was a restaurant by its looks and the fact that there isn't a sign. The Wreck is actually built on the site of the Richard and Charlene shipwreck that occurred during the September 21, 1989 landfall of Hurricane Hugo. Locals say the restaurant is one of the South Carolina's best-kept secrets. The menu includes local seafood and typical southern “comfort” foods: hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, and key lime desserts. I do have two side notes for you before you visit: Parents, there is not a children's menu, and the Wreck does not accept credit cards -- so be sure to bring cash.

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Tip: The Charleston International Airport has many flights that arrive directly from other East Coast cities, especially Atlanta, Georgia, a major hub for several airlines including the low-fare Airtran Airways.

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See you next month. Happy Travels!

Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair

Photos courtesy of Charleston Area CVB www.CharlestonCVB.com 1-800-868-8118


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