One Day in Beautiful Charleston, South Carolina – Traveling Robert

– In today’s video we are going to explore Charleston, South Carolina,
historic Fort Sumter, the historic houses,
the historic churches, cemeteries, yeah, they are also historic, and so much more. A new Traveling Robert
video is coming up next. ♫ I’m riding, riding,
riding, riding with my RV, ♫ My RV, wherever I want
to be, because I’m free ♫ In my RV, yeah. Good morning from James
Island County Park. Before we visit this
beautiful city of Charleston, let’s enjoy a morning stroll
around this beautiful park. Okay, let’s drive to Charleston. The first thing we are going to do today is visit Fort Sumter, and the first ferry departs at nine, and I’m running late. I think we are going to
make it in the nick of time. Let’s park here at the
aquarium parking lot. I really hope I can make it on time, it is almost nine. This is Liberty Square. The aquarium, this is the
Fort Sumter National Monument. Inside they have this
museum but I have to rush through in order to make it to the ferry. That’s the boat. There’s this sitting area
and there is the famous Arthur Ravenel Bridge, but
as soon as the ferry departs, I am going to the upper
deck to get a better view. – Concern to protect
the sensitive ecosystem of the Charleston harbor
for the convenience of all our guests. Smoking is prohibited on all
Fort Sumter tour vessels. – We finally depart and
there’s the Carnival Ecstasy, I actually went on a cruise
on that ship back in the early 90’s when it was brand new. They have this bar here on the lower deck but there’s no one here. There’s the old custom
house, one of the most famous buildings here in Charleston, and there’s the U.S.S. Yorktown. This small fort in the
middle of the harbor is Castle Pinckney, here
we see it with Fort Sumter in the background. See all those Church spires or steeples? Well Charleston is also
called the holy city because of the great number of churches of different denominations in the city. We’re almost there. The palmetto, the symbol
of South Carolina. Fly pelican! (laughs) Well here we are. Fort Sumter was of great
significance during the American Civil War,
as the first battle was fought right here. That’s a good trip. We get a very detailed explanation of all the events that transpired here. We are free to roam around, explore every nook and cranny. They are going to raise the flag now. There is Charleston in the distance and the sandbar to the west. Since we are the first tour of the day, we have the honor to witness and some to participate in the
raising of the flag ceremony. (applause) This is a good gun, the big one. They have all these exhibits outside with the different
cannons and the historic context, and here’s looking
towards the sandbar. There is a small museum inside where they give you a
more detailed history and they have all these artifacts. And there is the flag that flew in Fort Sumter during the bombardment on April 1861. This is the flag. These are all the flags that
have flown here over the years. (upbeat instrumental music) Oh I wonder what’s down
there under the hatch. This was a very nice
visit here, Fort Sumter. 31 dollars, very informative, you know the national park
service, everything is new like the speakers on the
boat were super clear so we could understand everything, it is very well maintained here, and there’s a lot of
history that I didn’t know actually, especially that the Civil War started here, of course the wind picks up at the exact moment when I
start recording the video. Anyways we’re going to
continue exploring Charleston now, that’s Charleston down there, I don’t know if you can see
it cause of the wide angle but yeah, that’s where we’re going next. We head back on the boat
in about five minutes, actually I think they’re
leaving without me, they’re leaving without me. There he is, he’s gotta make sure everybody gets off the island. Three miles away. Going back to the mainland. Once again, there is the U.S.S. Yorktown, of World War Two glory. One of it’s final missions,
the recovery of the Apollo Eight command
module on December of 1968. The bridge of course, the Arthur Ravenel opened in 2005 and it has a pedestrian and a bike lane. We’ll cross it later for sure. And here’s another close
up of the Yorktown. We’re not going to have time to visit it today unfortunately
but it’s on the list. And we are back and we see dolphins. The next victims. Let’s go find something to eat. Yes I am starving, I
skipped breakfast again. That’s where we came from. This is Liberty Park. It is actually called Liberty Square and it is a nice park here by the aquarium and the ferry terminal. It’s actually called Liberty Square. Now let’s go find the
parking near downtown. Finding parking has proved challenging, there is this meter but it
is only for half an hour, so. I found parking on the top floor, at least we have a view. This is the Cumberland garage. Let’s explore, this is where I parked. One dollar for half and
hour, but it is what it is. Downtown. Okay, here we are, East Bay Street. We’ll go there later. This is one of the main
historic streets here. There is Magnolia’s, the restaurant where we ate the last time we were here. There is also Blossom, but my plan is to go to the Lagunitas
taproom and beer sanctuary. But I can’t find it. Let me walk around a little
bit, see if I can find a place that is not very formal, more like a bar since I am by myself here. This fountain is a waterfront park, from where you can see once again, Castle Pinckney and Fort Sumter. I finally make up my mind and go for this deserted French bistro, spectacular turkey club sandwich that I wash
down with an ice cold beer. Much better now. Well Lagunitas apparently shut down but I ate at this place called East Bay Meeting House. Well let’s explore one of
the most picturesque cities in the United States of America. Apparently there were slave auctions all along this street. Here’s a historic building from the 1700’s called the Old Exchange
and Provost Dungeon. The building has served many functions over the years, it was even a jail during the Revolutionary War. Here’s looking west on Broad Street, towards the San Michael
church, we’ll go there later. Now we are approaching a city block called Rainbow Row and let’s hear the explanation from this fine city guide. – High class people came
in and brightened up the area and then in the
1950’s a photographer from Time magazine visited Charleston, took pictures of these homes and captioned his photo, a beautiful Rainbow Row. That’s how it gets it’s name. – Well, there you go, now you know where the name Rainbow Row comes from. The famous Rainbow Row back there, gonna walk a little bit on this street, this is very very picturesque. Here we are, by Adger’s Wharf, at the southern end of water front park. Nice area for a picnic here. I originally thought that these plaques on all the houses with the year meant that the house dated back to like 1670, but they all have the same year so no, it is just the year of
the founding of the city, and the plaque is just an award given to property owners who have preserved their historic homes. Here, East Bay street becomes East Battery with this promenade and
old antebellum homes. Some of these homes
are bed and breakfasts. Some, like this one, are museums. I’ve seen that C17 plane flying around a couple of times today. By the way this is the Roper house which you can also tour, dating back to 1838, it originally belonged to Robert Roper, a prominent cotton planter. We are reaching the end and this park here is called White Point Garden. Here is a statue of
General William Moultrie, twice governor of South Carolina. Beautiful park. This is a monument dedicated to the defenders of Fort Moultrie. I think I’m going to take a break. There goes another military plane. Nearby here, a joint base Charleston shares runways with Charleston International Airport. At the southern tip of Charleston stands this other monument
to the confederate defenders of Charleston, installed in 1932 by the United
Daughters of the Confederacy. Here’s the famous
bandstand, but it’s not used for concerts anymore because the neighbors complained about the noise. Well I’ve taken my break here at the park, now let’s continue exploring. I’m just going to walk back north here on Meeting Street,
this here is actually a b and b, it would be pretty cool to stay at an 1892 mansion here. This here is the Calhoun Mansion, the largest single family residence in all of Charleston, and they do have tours but I’m not in the touring mood. I mean I am tempted to go in, it looks like it is
beautiful inside but nah. Not everything is restored here, this one here seems to be in
a little bit of disrepair. First Presbyterian Church. They look like they’ve got a delivery. Let’s see the cemetery next to the church. Some important people are buried here. Betcha. I know it is probably rude to be peeking into a private residence,
but the pretty garden caught my attention, and this one too. They’re selling something here. Here is the recently
renamed judicial center. These are sweetgrass baskets, weaved by gulla artisans, being sold right here in front of Saint Michael’s Church built in the 1760’s. This one also has a rather large cemetery inside the property. I wonder how all these people would feel if they knew that their final resting place has become a tourist attraction. (church bells) Very thin gravestones. More sweetgrass baskets. This intersection called
the four corners of law. That’s city hall right there. Let’s continue exploring. The cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in the distance. This pretty park here
is Washington Square. Beautiful oak trees. I assume this is old George himself. That is a FedEx truck right in front of the hall. And here, another church. I can see why they call it the holy city. This is the circular
congregational church. Of course there is a large
cemetery in the back. Let’s go to that one next. They have some kind of
artillery museum inside. Another time, perhaps. Here we are, Saint Philip’s Church. The state’s oldest congregation, and it is quite an imposing structure. In this one, the cemetery is actually across the street. It is open to visitors, let’s step inside. They let you see the church in exchange for a voluntary donation. This is by the way an Episcopal church, the current building dating back to 1836, although the spire wasn’t
finished until 1850. You do have to open these doors in order to sit down for service. (church bells) It is three p.m. This one has the largest graveyard of all the other churches I’ve seen today and the largest mausoleums too. Oak tree. There’s Calhoun, the one
with the largest house. Well, there you have it, lots of important people interred here. More important people over here. I am hot and thirsty and guess what I found, a bar! That’s not Bud Light, by the way, you know I like my IPA. Hm, it rhymes. Apparently it is a huge pub, just a slow time of the day, it was
a little bit of a pick me up and now we continue
towards the market which is this way, I think. What can I tell you guys, I’m exhausted, I did a run this morning
at the campgrounds, and then we did Fort
Sumner, and now I’ve been at this for three hours, so just walking around exploring the city. But we have one more thing, one more thing to see before we go. And that’s right here. Check it out. The city market, I’m
going to go all the way to the end and walk you through. Everybody gets freaked out by this little camera, I don’t know why. Anyways, let me show you where we are. That’s it. Right there, that’s the entrance, the main entrance to the, it’s
called the city market. I think the cruise ship is about to leave but here we have the market, let’s go in. Okay get ready, for the
next minute and a half I am going to show you the market, the whole market, all four city blocks. This market by the way
was established here in the 1790’s, of course it’s burned down and had to be rebuilt,
probably several times. (upbeat techno music) Well that was the city
market, in a nutshell. I’m going to start
walking back to the car. I think we’ve seen enough for one day but hey, there’s the old United States custom house building,
right here by the market. Here it is from another angle. And there’s the cruise ship. I remember when that ship was brand new. Well in hindsight,
maybe I should have used one of these bikes instead of walking. Caramela’s, this is
supposed to be really good. I didn’t catch the music,
the cruise is still here, but most importantly, Kia is still here. Well, saying goodbye
to downtown Charleston. For now, but we are not leaving yet. You know I wanted to walk across the Arthur Ravenel bridge, but I am not going to do that, at least
I am going to drive on it. Here we go, fasten your seatbelts. It opened as I said in 2005. And it is the third longest bridge of it’s kind in the western hemisphere. And it is wide, eight lanes wide. On the other side is Mount Pleasant. And I want to see this
park that has a pier here. Maybe see the view. There’s the famous bridge. This is the Mount Pleasant War Memorial. Right here in Mount
Pleasant Memorial Park. But the real reason I came here was to see the bridge from underneath
and to walk on the pier. This is very cool, this place here, great views, and I would love to continue exploring but I’m tired, the day is coming to an end soon. Before we call it a night, I am going to have dinner with a viewer. We are going to meet
at this barbecue place called Swig and Swine. – You’ve arrived. – Here we are at Swig and Swine, we are about to eat, here’s John Legman, a viewer of the channel, let me. Well the light is not very good but we are going to eat now so I’ll let you know how it is. In the morning, I depart. Very tempted to drive
straight to Miami in one go. Google says it’s only like, eight hours. You see, the challenges we sometimes have on the road when we have to put gas. Must be lovebug season. They just appeared and
they’re all over the place. Alright, let’s get back. You know what, I’m going
to drive all the way back to Miami today. How hard could it be? I just have to drive through
Georgia, into Florida, through Jacksonville at rush hour, way into the dark night, but I’m going to show you
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36 Replies to “One Day in Beautiful Charleston, South Carolina – Traveling Robert

  1. Please show your trip home. It will conclude your long solar eclipse road trip vid when it comes out

  2. Been to Charleston a ton but never went into the historic homes like you did….love the whole video…even the very end "going back to Miami 💗"
    Great work!!!

  3. Another great video and reminding me about places i also been to. Such great memories I haven't been since they built the new bridge (the old one was VERY scary because narrow lanes and old falling apart, always needing construction repairs…can't explain the fear enough that we had, being up higher than other bridges, seeing the construction repairs and knowing it was in such bad shape but had to drive it anyway to get other side due to there were no other choices :-O! always felt like we were going to fall or get blown over by winds before. Glad they built it new:-D! You went most places i would of recommended so Great job for your research places. Only 1 other place i recommend was Hymans Restaurant (located West end of City Market and 1 block North) I am originally from Miami and grew up everywhere between Keys, Okeechobee, and Marco Island. Now i have traveled 24yrs several Countries and most every city across half United States. The Hyman restaurant is one of my favorite seafood places anywhere and the building has a lot of history that it is located in. Next time check out when you are there again Robert. I really like watching your videos. Your particular style and voice descriptions are informative and enjoyable. You are the guy we want to be telling stories around friends and family.

  4. Hi Robert. I'm thinking of buying a Coleman 17rd at camping world. Good idea? I heard a lot of negative things about camping world

  5. Hi Robert,

    I translated the text of your Charleston video into Dutch. There are a couple of things pretty hard to translate though.
    In case of your basement, what do you mean with that? Is that the storage room in your trailer?


    Dutch Baseball Hangout

  6. I need to do my shopping with you; at that speed I'd save a ton of money!!! Thank you for sharing your talent, and for taking us speed shopping!!! I laughed all the way through the market.

  7. this video is freaking awesome thank you for taking time you're great and filming catching great angles and shots I'm actually moving to Charleston South Carolina next summer I appreciate your detailed video of the downtown area and other locations happy holidays and look forward to seeing more videos

  8. I was recently in Charleston and sat on the same bench you sat at over at the Battery. I agree that it is such a beautiful city.

  9. There's more than one military base close by Charleston ….love your videos!!  I'm from Chattanooga, TN, loved the Rock City video.

  10. Hi Robert; I live in Anderson, SC and My Wife and I come to Charleston to Camp quite often, We also visit Myrtle Beach. Would like Meet up with you at some time. Be safe!

  11. Great video. I really enjoyed the downtown tour of the old homes. Next time you visit, why not visit the aquarium. It looked substantial. Ft Sumter was pretty routine. Consider a tour of great aquariums. Also you seem to like caverns, so do I. Have you been to Carlsbad, or Luray?

  12. Thank you for the tour down memory lane. I was stationed at the (Then) Charleston Naval Base in the middle 1960's. Great Job.

  13. Why C-17s and C-130s circle the block: military pilots (and others, I think) have requirements for how many hours they must fly to keep their licenses, and how many times they must land and take off. So they practice what is called touch-and-go landing, circling to get back in line to land, then taking off again without stopping. They will circle like that until they get a few of their required hours of flying and landing time. I spent some time at an Air National Guard base as a child, so I enjoy seeing them doing this.

  14. Robert I believe that hacks you just saw there in the sand there Charleston at Fort Sumter I believe that's a time capsule it's sealed from the events that took place back in that time

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