Broad Street, Charleston
Broad Street is one of the best-preserved historical streets in America, and not by accident. The Preservation Society of Charleston, a historic preservation group founded in 1920, has been protecting the local buildings since before most people were concerned with architectural history. The western end of Broad is a sleepy residential neighborhood, with palm trees lining the sidewalk. However, if you head east, you’ll see the “Four Corners of Law” intersection (federal courthouse, county courthouse, city hall, and St. Michael’s church), which gives you a feel for what the city was like in the 1800’s. Unbelievably, all are still in use. Further down the road sit a variety of restaurants, including some gems of Charleston’s much-touted food scene, like Gaulart & Maliclet or Normandy Farm Bakery. Old Exchange, a Revolutionary War dungeon, caps off the eastern end of Broad, retaining that historic feel despite the newer businesses along the block. The street’s balance between historic buildings and modern restaurants makes it the perfect way to experience Charleston as a whole.
Where to Instagram: On the checkered sidewalk in front of John Rutledge House, an ornately designed b&b built in 1763.
Where to eat: On the patio at Brown Dog Deli, where they are working to “reinvent the traditional deli.” Their Fried Green Tomato & Pimento Cheese BLT features their take on the South’s official cheese spread.