Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to start making plans for memorable road trips. On your list should be a memorable journey to one of the South’s most popular tourist destinations; Carowinds Theme Park, which has a long and unique history dating back to the Civil War era in the 1860’s and earlier during the period of Slavery in the United States.
In fact, the City of Charleston was once the Capitol of South Carolina and the largest city in the Carolinas until the 1930’s when Charlotte, NC, overtook it as a major distribution, textile, and banking center. The area still boasts some of the most lavished plantations left over from the era of Slavery in the United States as well as the Gullah people who survived to tell their story through art, song, and their very own broken language. In addition, with Fort Fisher nearby, it also serves as a history lesson for the last major war fought on American turf – the Civil War – which ended with the taking of that stronghold in January of 1865.
Our one day journey starts with a light breakfast after we depart from our Eastway Drive location at 6 A.M. sharp for the 3 ½ hour trip. Upon arrival you will be treated to a professional guided tour of the famous Charleston Harbor aboard a double decker paddle wheel boat. This 90-minute cruise/tour takes you around the harbor as the captain recounts centuries of history dating back to the 1700's amid the Revolutionary War, the 1800's amid the Civil War, as well as the 20th and 21st Century. Along the way don't be surprised if you spot a Dolphin or two swimming alongside the boat in a drafting mode as the Captain puts it. Cruise by the infamous Fort Fisher as featured in the movie Glory starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman to name a few well-known actors. See the homes of millionaires along the shore of one of the most wealthiest zip codes in the entire State of South Carolina. Check out an old battleship that saw combat during one of countries many battles. Check out the cool harbor breeze as we cruise under one of the newest and most fantastic bridges built in the United States in the 21st Century. Afterwards, dine outdoors near the harbor on a boxed lunch (included) filled with cold cuts, chips, sweets, and a refreshment.