We drove into Charleston to see the area starting at the visitor’s center and then took the shuttle to the City Market. We then walked around the area and went to “Rainbow Row“, saw the famous Pineapple Fountain, viewed the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from across the bay.
We then walked to the White Point Gardens and the Battery. Lots of old Cannons and a great park. Then, it was a 2+ mile walk to Rodney’s BBQ. Very delicious. To get back to the visitor’s center, we hopped on a couple of Lime eBikes.
To end the day, we drove to see the Angel Oak Tree. This is oldest / largest Oak Tree East of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, we got there right at closing and were not able to visit the gift shop.
Tuesday, we had a short 2-hour drive to James Island County Park in Charleston, SC. Another nice park full of trees, lakes, rivers, bike paths, a water park and so much more. Here are maps of the Park and of the Campground.
We are in site 15. For a county park, it is a bit expensive @ $60/night. Full hookups and lots of amenities.
On our last full day in Hilton Head, we visited the old downtown of Bluffton, SC. Beautiful old buildings and more great trees. The Bluffton Oyster Company is the last commercial fresh oyster shucking house on the East Coast.
On Saturday, we went to the Island and drove around “Sea Pines”. Sea Pines is a 5,000-acre community that encompasses private neighborhoods as well as a resort, forest preserve with horse stables, PGA Tour golf course, marina and town center with shopping and dining options. It’s the most popular estate on the island and just $9 will get you into Sea Pines so you can explore all the fun activities (but no eBikes are allowed). Very beautiful and expensive.
We visited the Harbor Light Tower Museum which overlooks Harbor Town Golf Course – Famous for many golf tournaments over the decades. The red-and-white-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse is one of the most famous landmarks on Hilton Head. The lighthouse, built more than 40 years ago, offers tours and a spectacular view from above.
We then went to the other end of Sea Pines to have a beverage at the Salty Dog Cafe.
For a treat, we decided to stay 5 nights at Hilton Head National RV Resort. It is actually not on the island proper, but in Bluffton, SC. We are in site 213. The resort opened in February, so it is brand new. This is the highest quality RV resort we have ever stayed in, and the post expensive at $110 / night.
The sites are perfect. Beautiful concrete slabs with all amenities and great facilities. The pool is fantastic with a lazy river. The bathrooms are marble and spacious. Pam loves the laundry facilities. Click for a map of the resort.
South Carolina is our 19th State!