I dislike pollen and I’m still trying to figure out why Westerners opt to pay for the murdered parts of trees. However, no trip to Charleston, South Carolina, is complete without a visit to a Charleston plantation. During my visit to the city of Charleston, I ventured out to the Middleton Place, which every single person that I polled had voted the most beautiful plantation in the area. Read more
Fort Sumter is the infamous site that marks the outbreak of America’s Civil War. A visit to Fort Sumter, a few miles by boat from downtown Charleston, unleashes history. One that is manifest in the walls, which still has cannon balls lodged in the brick fortifications that once stood 50 feet, but were cut in half by war. A history that comes to life as you look out from the small fortified island at the positions that the Confederates took at Fort Moultrie, Fort Johnson, and Castle Pickney when war began. A history that unfolds with the six flags wave above the fort: the country’s flags with 31, 35, and 50 stars, representing a country pre-war, post-war, and today, respectively, two flags of the Confederacy and South Carolina’s state flag. Fort Sumter tours tell the story of our country’s most tenuous times. Read more
Some people dance the Charleston. I walk Charleston, which you should do if you’re visiting this South Carolina city. It’s the best way to experience its elegance and history. (Since cabs and buses are rare, your only other option might be to tow in a motorized wheelchair. I saw way too many chained to the back of cars.) Read more
The best way to see a city is by foot. That’s why I decided to walk San Francisco.
Actually, when I first arrived, I decided to run San Francisco. (I had just spent all day in the car from Tahoe and needed to burn off the 1,200 calorie lunch I had ingested at the In N’ Out.) Read more
As travelers, sometimes we feel an obligation to see things. I had been to Philadelphia before–once to run a marathon, another time to attend a wedding, and once more to eat a cheesesteak (more or less). On my most recent trip to Philadelphia, I felt like I should see the city, but I didn’t want to go through the trouble of planning anything. So instead of reading up on the best things to do in Philadelphia, I strolled the city without purpose or plan and gave command to my stomach and nose. Essentially, I wandered lost in search of great food (and also some incredible history). And luckily, I had the two perfect companions for wandering lost, my wife Marissa and her friend Jess, who could both audition and secure a place on the show The Amazing Race: The Quickly Going in Circles Series.