Length 7.7 km (4.8 miles), terrain: flat
If any city inspired the term "gracious living", it must be Charleston. The huge ensemble of elegant homes and perfectly manicured gardens will leave you in awe at every turn. Even the cheaper houses incorporate the same design ideas that mark the most impressive mansions.
|Home in historic Charleston|
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This route will lead you down plenty of such streets, plus add some parks, waterfront, the market area and the downtown.
We'll start the run in Marion Square, in the heart of downtown. Everything south of this spot is historic, and the further south you run, the more upscale it gets.
Run to the southwest corner of the square and then turn south to run down King Street. This is the main downtown shopping street, and is fairly vibrant. But it is busy and full of traffic, so we'll get off it quickly.
|Along King Street|
|College of Charleston campus|
At Smith Street, turn south, so you will be heading to the most historic area, at the southern tip of the peninsula, with more typical homes.
|One of the hundreds of elegant homes in Charleston|
|Volunteers planting at Colonial Lake|
At the water, turn left to follow this line of waterfront mansions. You can either run on the side with the houses, or run next to the seawall, but the sidewalk there is tilted and is a bit hard to run on. You can see James Island across the water.
|Along Murray Boulevard|
|In White Point Garden|
|Mansions along South Battery|
Two blocks later, you'll hit Tradd Street, another great street. Turn left here and you'll be running by "Rainbow Row", a row of colorful houses along this narrow lane.
|Carriage along Queen Street|
Turn right onto Market Street, but we'll just stay here for a block, so turn left after the first market building onto Anson Street, with its carriage houses for the tourist tours.
|Carriage house along Anson|