Whether it's your 30 day grace period, or you have some vacation time, there are lots of ways to experience the United States during your au pair year in America. This series will give you a head start of things to do and things to see in some of the most popular cities in the U.S.
If you find yourself searching for one of America’s hidden gems, then look no further and plan your trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Between the rich history, breathtaking views, and amazing southern cuisine, Charleston will dazzle you from the start.
When to visit:
Take advantage of the mild temperatures and pleasant weather by visiting between March to May or September to November. Or go with the flow and get a feel for what local life may be like and avoid the crowds by visiting in the off-season.
What to do:
Angel Oak Tree
Lose yourself under one of the oldest organisms in the eastern United States. The Angel Oak Tree will leave you in awe as it stands 65 feet tall with the largest branch reaching 187 feet. Whether you’re going to enjoy nature or feeling like a tourist, it should be on your to-do list.
As a popular tourist attraction, Rainbow Row does not disappoint. Although it is now known for its aesthetic appeal, that hasn’t always been the case. From housing merchants and their businesses in the 1700s to becoming somewhat of an eyesore after the Civil War, Rainbow Row has come a long way with its 1930s reconstruction. There are several theories behind the pastel colors, but regardless, the beauty of Rainbow Row is not to be missed.
Charleston is known as one of the most haunted cities in America, so obviously you should check out a nighttime ghost tour! From old jails, theatres, houses, and graveyards, Charleston is home to many lingering spirits. If you’re brave enough to try it, a Charleston ghost tour will certainly be a night to remember.
What to eat:
Shrimp and grits at delicious Early Bird Diner
Barbecue! It can't get more Southern than at Home Team BBQ
Garlic Crabs from Nana’s Soul Seafood
And for dessert, Pecan Sticky Buns from WildFlour Pastry
Charleston International Airport (CHS) is located only 11 miles outside of town, making it a doable trip. Once in Charleston, you can travel by foot, bus, or trolley to explore the enchanting city. Make sure to use the AuPairCare Facebook group and invite some friends to tag along!