North and South Carolina, Charlotte to Charleston.
Trip Start Jan 27, 2010
47Trip End Apr 28, 2010
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We stopped in Asheville and had a walk around the lovely historical downtown, nothing was open because it was Sunday and most shops didn't open until 1 pm so we just had a walk around and kept going. We drove 20 miles to Chimney Rock, which is a 315 ft granite monolith. An elevator took us up through the cliff to to the top. There is a lot of hiking trails but they were closed because on Tuesday they had 7 inches of snow and some ice still remained so the trails were still closed. It was beautiful up on the rock, we got a great view of the surrounding area. The day was nice and sunny.
We left there and drove onto Charlotte. Charlotte has around 700 thousand residents. There wasn't really anything that interested us in Charlotte but we decided to stay there for the night and then drive onto Charleston the next morning.
Today we got up early at 6 am and left for Charleston. Our guide book said Charleston is one of the South's most beautiful cities so we wanted to get there early. It was a 200 mile drive. I drove the first 160 miles, the highway wasn't too busy and Alan even fell asleep again
Our tour dropped us at the market and we had a look around and walked around the streets, there was amazing homes everywhere we walked. There were some trees starting to blossom and it smelt nice walking around. The town has a really laid back feeling. No one seemed to be in a hurry. We went back to the waterfront and saw some dolphins swimming just out from the ocean wall, they were beautiful.
We then drove out to Magnolia plantation, 10 miles from the downtown. Magnolia plantation has been in the same family since 1676. The plantation house has been built 3 times. The first time it was destroyed by a fire, the second time it was destroyed in the civil war and the house that stands today was originally party moved there in 1875 and then more added on later
We also paid extra to see to Audubon swamp. We walked along a boardwalk and saw some turtles, an alligator and quite a few different birds. It was a lovely walk.
Our hotel was a short drive from the downtown. Tomorrow we are driving to Savannah which isn't far. Savannah sound like a really nice place to visit as well. Then we are staying in Atlanta for the next 2 nights and then heading for Alabama.
Bye for now Dianne and Alan