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Charleston is the ultimate walkable city, i.e. one of those places where it’s enjoyable to actually wander around until you’re fully lost. Its’ relatively small size also means you can cover a lot of ground in a weekend, or even a day. One of the best neighborhoods to walk is the residential section of town known as South of Broad, i.e. literally south of Broad Street. To see some of the city’s oldest architecture, quintessential Charleston homes (from tiny, quaint houses to grand, stately mansions), and lush gardens, walk down Church Street, taking detours to Stoll’s Alley and Zig Zag Alley. Also near Church Street is Rainbow Row (on East Bay Street, between Elliot and Tradd)—a colorful stretch of homes that dates back to the 18th-century, and perhaps the most photographed Charleston location. Another great walk is doing Tradd Street from east to west. Further south, below Tradd, and below South Battery Street, you’ll find the waterfront White Point Garden, where you could walk the Battery, Charleston’s historic defensive sea wall, along the Cooper River. Word to the wise, though: There are no public restrooms South of Broad. The city is trying out temporary bathrooms at Hazel Parker Playground (70 E. Bay St.), but a permanent solution is yet to be announced.

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