Driving is by far the most popular way to get around Charleston, however it is recommended to walk or take public transit around the historic downtown area. The city operates a public transportation system known as CARTA (Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority), which includes bus service throughout the city and trolley service in the historic downtown area. Simply know as DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle), the trolleys offer connections to popular restaurants, area beaches, shopping & entertainment venues, hotels and historic sites. A trolley pass and a little walking is by far the best way to explore Charleston's historic streets.
<p>Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, located just 10 miles from downtown Charleston, is the most photographed plantation in the United States. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still grows and produces crops to this day. The plantation includes a large colonial plantation house, several slave cabins, a few flower gardens and the historic "Avenue of Oaks", which is an impressive mile-long driveway lined with giant oak trees.</p>
Old City Market
<p>The heart of Charleston's history and charm is the Old City Market. Conveniently located in the center of the historic district, the Old City Market has been a popular destination for tourists and local residents alike for over 200 years. The market hall includes diverse group of vendors selling clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, food items, artwork and crafts of all kinds, including the area's famous sweetgrass baskets.</p>