Charleston, SC hosts a wealth of historic attractions, and Charleston RV campers will definitely want to visit Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
Autumn RV camping fans, in particular, are going to enjoy temperate weather as they explore fascinating Fort Sumter National Monument. Temperatures in the seventies are typical for October and November, allowing comfortable motorhome camping in the heart of Southern history.
You may not know, if you haven’t visited the Charleston area by RV, that the full historic military experience actually includes several locations. You’ll first want to visit Fort Sumter National Monument itself, accessible by tour boats departing from South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston’s Liberty Square or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, SC.
At the Fort, you’ll learn not only how this iconic fortress was built, but also the part it played first as a Union fortification and later as a symbol of Confederate might as the Civil War raged on.
And don’t miss the chance to visit Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. There’s plenty of history to be found there, since this fort, rebuilt several times, played a role from America’s first Revolution through both World Wars.
Charleston RV campers who want the full Fort Sumter experience should also visit the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in Charleston’s Liberty Square. It contains a treasure trove of information about why, how and when the Civil War and its battles were fought.
And as you’re soaking up all that Civil War history on your Charleston RV camping trip, take time to enjoy the beauty of South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast. A wonderful place to find both beauty and history in Charleston is Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. If you have the time to tour two plantations, be sure to visit Boone Hall Plantation, established in 1681.
The city of Charleston itself is a beautiful place to tour, on your own or on one of the many guided tours. You won’t know where to turn next, surrounded by eighteenth century homes, magnificent churches and public buildings and the historic City Market, open year-round.
We can’t leave without mentioning the abundance of Charleston RV campgrounds, convenient to Fort Sumter and the wonders of Charleston Harbor. Here are just a few to consider:
RV Campground at the County Park at James Island
Lake Aire RV Park – Hollywood, SC
Oak Plantation Campground – John’s Island
Coastal South Carolina RV camping is an experience all our readers should enjoy at least once. Come to Charleston by RV this fall and find out why Fort Sumter National Monument and this Southern city’s historic treasures continue to draw visitors from around the globe.