Charleston Travel Guide
Lately a lot of friends have been visiting Charleston and asking what to do, see and eat. After typing out countless of recommendations I decided it was time to share this local’s Charleston Travel Guide.
Charleston Travel Guide: Downtown Charleston
No visit to Charleston is complete without visiting the Historic Waterfront. Every time James and I go downtown we make a point of strolling through The Battery. Make sure you visit the famous Pineapple Fountain, and if you’ve got little ones don’t forget their swimsuits! You can always catch tykes running through the sprinklers on a hot day.
Historic City Market
Just beyond the Waterfront you can find the Historic City Market. A perfect spot to shop local and purchase souvenirs, some salt-water taffy or delicious pralines.
King Street Shopping
If shopping is your game then venture onto King Street. From Louis Vuitton & Kate Spade, to Apple, H&M, and Lily Pulitzer you’re bound to find something you like!
Did you really go to Charleston unless you visited these colorful row homes?
Looking for something off the beaten path? Go hunting for the hidden alleys of Charleston. Picturesque alleyways winding through the charming southern-homes is my type of afternoon!
Get lost wandering through the French Quarters of Downtown Charleston!
Saint Michael’s Church, St. Philip’s Church and Cathedral of
Saint John the Baptist are hard to miss. Admire the beautiful architecture in these religious buildings.
Charleston Travel Guide: History Buff
Take a tour of the historic homes of Charleston and learn all about the unique history of each home.
This WWII aircraft turned museum is a great way to spend an educational afternoon.
Fans of the Notebook might recognize Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, but be sure to visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Drayton Hall and Middleton Place!
Museums and Art Galleries
Charleston has tons of art galleries and museums alike. Be sure to check them out, especially if its a hot day and you need to escape the sun!
Charleston Travel Guide: Outdoor Activities
Beach day? Folly Beach is the “popular” option, but I personally prefer Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms, smaller crowds and the same great beach.
Want to spend some time in nature? Check out the Oldest Oak Tree at John’s Island. It’s completely free to visit and quite the sight to see.
Stroll through Shem’s Creek Marsh Walk or rent some kayaks after lunch and paddle on the river!
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Be sure to stroll up the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge just before sunset and take in a great view.
Charleston Travel Guide: Food and Entertainment
If you’re looking for some fresh oysters, or fish in general be sure to check out The Darling Oyster, 167 Raw, Leon’s, The Ordinary, Hank’s Seafood, or Tavern and Table.
Visiting The Palmetto State definitely requires some southern cuisine. Check out Poogan’s Porch, Magnolias, 82 Queen, and Nana’s Seafood & Soul.
Southern BBQ never tasted so good unless you’ve been to Venture to Lewis BBQ, and Rodney Scott’s BBQ.
Fine Dining & Steakhouses
Make sure you get reservations! Halls Chophouse, Oak Steakhouse, FIG, SNOB, Circa 1886, and Husk are great options for a nice dinner.
Butcher and Bee, Five Loaves Cafe, Toast, Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar, and The Tattooed Moose.
Rooftops and Cocktails
Want to quench your thirst after spending an entire day exploring the city? Checkout Vendue Rooftop for some casual drinks and epic views of the city. Cocktails at the Gin Joint, The Cocktail Club, or Prohibition are a perfect way to start an evening.
Trying to get down on a Saturday night? Be sure to visit King St, my personal favorites are Uptown Social, Trio, Revolution and El Jefe.