Donna L. Hull, specialises in writing travel and human interest content for online and print publications. Donna's popular blog, My Itchy Travel Feet, explores the world of active travel for baby boomers, encouraging boomers to get up off the couch and go.
Donna says “When cruise ships stop in Charleston, South Carolina, exploring the history of the Old South is a matter of stepping down the gangplank and walking towards Battery Park. It's easy to do on your own or come prepared with a self-guided walking tour and map.
“Located on the waterfront between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, the shady park houses several historic monuments. During the Civil War, the Confederates blew up their ammunitions in this spot so the Yankees couldn't use it against them. Ft. Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, is visible across the water.
“Your walk will take you beside the historic homes of the wealthy merchant class that ruled Charleston in the 1800's before the Civil War. On a hot day, cool off by touring Nathaniel Russell House. The neoclassical dwelling houses period antiques, elaborate plasterwork and a free-flying staircase.
“Although it may look touristy, booking a carriage tour of Charleston's historic district is one of the best introductions to The Holy City. Personable guides share Southern stories making history come alive.
Visit Charleston's official web page for a comprehensive list of walking tours