the street’s fabulous eateries for a quick bite. Don’t let
this be your only taste of what Charleston has to offer,
though—the renowned Low Country cuisine here is
too good to miss (she-crab soup and fried green toma-toes are particular favorites). Lucky for you, there are
plenty of places to sample it. After the sun goes down,
savor the breeze in Waterfront Park, then decide what
kind of music you’re in the mood to hear, lace up your
walking shoes, and set off in search of it. Even before
you hit the dance floor, you’ll have met your exercise
quota for the day.
Thanks to its wide sidewalks, pedestrian-friendly
roads and high park-to-land ratio, Greenville, SC is
another fabulous walkers’ choice. Heritage Green, on
College Street, is home to the Greenville County Art
Museum, which boasts the finest collection of Andrew Wyeth’s artwork to be found around the globe.
There are some beautiful historic homes, churches and
monuments downtown, as well as Peace Center for the
Performing Arts, on the corner of Broad and Main.
Bring a picnic and settle in for a lovely afternoon at
Falls Park at S. Main and Augusta Streets. With beauti-
ful public gardens, a café, a walking promenade, trails,
amphitheatres and a 355-foot-long, curved suspension
bridge spanning the falls that give the park its name,
this semi-urban oasis is not to be missed.
One state further south, Savannah’s famous squares
and walkways connecting pedestrians to cultural, epicurean and retail establishments make the Hostess
City of the South an appealing place for pedestrian
travelers. With the largest landmark historic district in
the country, there’s no shortage of things to see—and
the city’s picturesque location on the Savannah River
makes it a romantic place to take a vacation for two.
Savor some delectable Southern fare at City Market,
then walk off your meal by investigating some of the
city’s renowned squares. The historic district and River
Street are both full of art galleries, antique shops and
boutiques, so don’t miss the chance to pick up the perfect gift or keepsake. While you’re at it, keep an eye out
for one of the city’s many hidden gardens—or even
one of the ghosts for which Savannah is well known
(think Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). Or
get your fill of greenery at 20-acre Forsyth Park, which
borders the historic district and is home to the Fragrant Garden for the Blind. |