A French quarter in South Carolina, the city is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses. It is European elegance by the sea. The cuisine in Charleston is called Lowcountry, which blends Southern U.S., African, French, and Caribbean flavours. Visit the Downtown restaurants for an unreal gastronomic experience. For a glimpse of the Old South experience, take a long tree lined drive to Magnolia Plantation and Garden and Boone Hall. It is difficult to believe that this charming city is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired back in 1861.