posted on Jun, 13 2008 @ 11:50 AM
I'm from SC and have been to Charleston numerous times. That being said, I think your mistake in wanting to find something off the beaten path
was...travelling on the beaten path. If you want to find something really interesting, do the tours, but also make sure you take the time to really
walk the city on your own. There are many courtyards, cemetaries, churchyards, alleys and creepy places in general that are on no tour. And even in a
city teeming with tourists you'd be surprised at the sort of hidden places you can find that aren't crowded like an attraction. You really just have
to strike out on your own and explore.
Another really good thing to do is to research some places that are allegedly haunted before you get there, or even at the library once you do get
there. Then go there on your own and see what you can see.
A caveat though: Charleston has some unsavory characters so please, if you go into an alley or cemetary alone, please please watch your back. People
can creep up on you without your knowledge faster than you realize. Also, off-the-beaten-path churchyards and similar places are usually overgrown
because they don't have the visitor traffic, so make absolutely sure you don't go without BUG SPRAY. Or those mosquitoes will make you wish you
never showed up.
I really hope you get the chance to return to Charleston and do some exploring on your own because there is definitely plenty to see, and I don't
just say that because I'm a South Carolinian!