Charleston City Tour with Hyundai

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Disclosure: I was invited to participate in a press unveiling of the new Hyundai 2018 Elantra GT and 2018 Sonata in Charleston, SC.  This post is not sponsored.  All opinions are my own.

Charleston City Tour with Hyundai

I recently traveled to Charleston with Hyundai to test drive their new 2018 Elantra GT and 2018 Sonata models.  We all met up in historic downtown Charleston and had the to opportunity to visit some of the most gorgeous and touristy spots around the city.

Today, I’m going to share some of my favorites tourist spots with you.

Belmond Charleston Place (Luxury Hotel & Spa)

While in Charleston, we stayed at the gorgeous Belmond Charleston Place, just minutes from the city center and Instagram hot spot, Rainbow Row (see images below).

Belmond Charleston Place is in a prime location and surrounded by many of the most popular destinations for locals and tourists, including restaurants, city parks, waterfront views and a charming boardwalk.

When you walk in, you’re greeted by their friendly staff and a warm reception area with a gorgeous double staircase and crystal chandelier.

The rooms feel luxurious and the beds are some of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept on.  My room had two wide windows that let in a ton of light.  Perfect for pictures or anyone who likes to start their day out with a healthy dose of sunshine.

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We had two different styles of breakfast during our stay.  On the first day, it was a buffet breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit.  On the second day, we were served a beautiful crab cake benedict.

For lunch on the first day we had a selection of three sliders; beef, portabello or chicken.  On the second day it was a sandwich and salad buffet with roasted veggies and freshly baked rolls.  The roast beef was amazing.

Finally, for dinner on the first night we had the choice of pan-seared sea bass or filet minot.  Being a beef loving Texan, I chose the filet…lol.

On our last night, we were treated to a Southern-style buffet menu, including braised short ribs, spicy pulled pork BBQ, fried chicken, dirty rice and several other sides.  For dessert, it was red velvet cupcakes, banana pudding and bourbon spike chocolate cake.  I also treated myself to a delicious whiskey sour cocktail.

Arthur Ravenel Bridge

The Arthur Ravenel Bridge is an iconic bridge spanning the Cooper River.  This eye-catching bridge is over 6 miles long and a literal work of art.  It connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant, another gorgeous, historic city in South Carolina.

If you have the chance, definitely take the trip and don’t forget to snap some pics along the way.  If you prefer to walk the six miles, there is a walkway on the bridge that allows you to get your steps in while enjoying a gorgeous view.


Country Club of Charleston

The Country Club of Charleston is an upscale, lodge-style social spot where you can relax with a cocktail or host an event with your friends.  Hit a few rounds of golf or join some colleagues for a great meal.

Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row is located in downtown Charleston, just a couple of blocks from the waterfront.  This row of colorful Georgian-style homes runs through 83-107 E Bay St.  It’s a popular destination for both locals and tourists.  A quick search on Instagram will tell you exactly why people go there…for the photo opps.  While in Charleston, I paired up with fellow blogger, Denisse Icaza, to snap some selfies and get pictures of our gorgeous electric blue Hyundai Sonata in front of this amazing backdrop.

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Want to see more of my trip to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina?  Click the video below to watch.

Hyundai 2018 Sonata

I was able to test drive both the new 2018 Sonata and 2018 Elantra GT in Charleston recently.  The cars were so beautifully designed and the features were super impressive.  Both cars come in an array of colors.  My favorite colors for the Sonata are the Electric Blue, Machine Gray, Quartz White Pearl and Scarlet Red.  The Electric Blue is the color pictured below.

The Sonata is such a great, smooth ride and spacious enough for a family of four with plenty of extra room.  And there is plenty of room in the back for two bulky car seats.  We have a two year old who’s rear facing and I’m sure his car seat will more than fit.  I do plan to test this car out with the family soon, so stay tuned for a full review.

One of my favorite things about the 2018 Sonata was the addition of Hyundai’s Blue Link service.  It was great to have so many amazing features and controls at our fingertips.  All of Blue Link’s remote features are web based, which means you can program your navigation, start your car, set climate control and more…all from your home, office or while traveling.  And you don’t have to be near the vehicle to do it.

You also get a ton of safety features, like Geo-Fence, Curfew and Speed Alerts, perfect for families with new teen drivers.  And best of all, both cars are super affordable.

Hyundai 2018 Elantra GT

One of my favorite things about the new 2018 Elantra GT is how super sleek it is…inside and out.  It’s clear that a lot of time and attention was spent on design.

Luxury and Comfort

One of my favorite colors has got to be the Summit Grey.  It’s so clean, not too flashy and super sophisticated.  The perfect color for people who love a sporty car, but want that sleek, polished look that says “upscale.”

And the Elantra GT feels every bit as luxurious as it looks.  This year, leather interior is standard and the dash and interfaces have been streamlined to create a comfortable, spacious ride for the driver and passengers.  Plenty of foot room and adjustable steering and seats make this car super comfortable for anyone.  I’ve always loved the Elantra for it’s ability to accommodate plus size passengers and the 2018 Elantra doesn’t disappoint.  It’s by far the most comfortable ride I’ve ever had in a compact car or sedan.

The 2018 Elantra GT handles great in various weather conditions and has smooth steering creating an incredible ride.  Unlike bulky SUVs, you can feel the Elantra GT as it maneuvers across the road, making it seem more like you’re a part of the vehicle and overall driving experience.  You can see all around and feel more in control of the car.  I also loved how intuitive all the the features inside the car felt.

Stay tuned for more on the Hyundai 2018 Elantra GT and 2018 Sonata.  I will have a more detailed review coming this Fall.

Are there any special features you want to see highlighted in my next review?  Leave your suggestions in the comments down below.

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