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Explore all the Charm that Charleston SC has to offer
Cobblestone streets and Charleston harbor views? Yes please!
They say if you want to really know a place, explore it on foot and that is never truer than in Charleston, SC. With a charming downtown steeped in history, loads of blue skies and sunshine, and miles of endless beaches there are plenty of reasons to love Charleston SC. Whether you want to sample lowcountry cuisine, explore the historic district or wander the boutiques and art galleries along King Street, Charleston’s compact city center means you can easily get from one end of the city to the other by foot. You’ll want to explore all of the hidden gems this city has to offer, from the colorful houses along Rainbow Row, to centuries old cemeteries, cobblestone streets, and manicured gardens.
Plan your vacation using our local recommendations
Experience the ultimate Charleston getaway with the Insider’s Guide to the Best of Charleston. Explore restaurants, activities, and top destinations, and it includes some of our Top 5 favorite things to see and do in Charleston.
CHARLESTON BY THE FACTS
From why it's known as the Holy City, to a list of some of the top events, we’ve put all the facts you’ll need to know about Charleston all in one place all in one place
WHAT'S THE WEATHER?
With mild winters, a simply gorgeous spring season and warm weather for summers spent on the beach, Charleston’s weather means it’s always a good time to visit!
HEAD OUT FOR A WALK
There’s no better to way to explore the historic sights of Charleston than by taking a walk, so grab your walking shoes and DOWNLOAD our Self-Guided Walking Tour.
WHAT TO PACK?
While locals would say if you’re headed to Charleston you really don’t need much besides flip flops and sunscreen, our list of "What to Pack" includes the essentials.
To experience all of the southern charm and some of the unique things to do in Charleston, SC, you need to know where the locals like to go. Begin with a stroll down the Holy City’s iconic King Street on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon. As you make your way from the popular Upper King District, you’ll pass local favorites like Halls Chophouse, Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, and other locally loved eateries. It’s the perfect beginning to a local’s walking tour of the city.
When you continue your stroll down King Street, you see shoppers carrying colorful bags filled with purchases from one-of-a-kind boutiques, people reading menus displayed in restaurant windows, and bicycle taxis pedaling locals and tourists alike through this charming city. Soon, you’ll arrive at Calhoun Street where, if it happens to be a Saturday in April-November, vendors set up for the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square. Take a moment to peruse all of the beautiful locally made crafts for a souvenir that commemorates your vacation in Charleston, SC.
Finally, continue down Lower King Street, and in just a few blocks, take a left on Queen Street. Follow this iconic road past Husk Restaurant and Sunday-brunch favorite Poogan’s Porch, as it meanders through the French Quarter all the way out to the breathtaking Waterfront Park. At its entrance, steps lead up to a majestic fountain where people gather and unwind. Rows of covered swings on a large pier invite you to rest while taking in unparalleled views of the Charleston Harbor. As you sit back in the shade looking out at sparkling, deep blue waters, you’ll never want to leave Charleston, SC.
HOT SPOTS FOR HISTORY BUFFS
Perhaps you’re dying to know more about the history of downtown Charleston. Luckily, there’s an abundance of sites you can visit in the Holy City that offer a glimpse into Charleston’s past. Set up a guided walking tour to see and learn more about attractions like the Nathaniel Russell House, a mansion and National Historic Landmark built in 1808. Your knowledgeable tour guide is sure to take you by the Fireproof Building, which is yet another National Landmark and believed to be the oldest fireproof building in all of the United States. And where to stay downtown? Why not our historic Indigo Manor, built in 1870 and fully renovated with modern amenities. With original heart-pine floors and exposed beams, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time … in the most luxurious way!
If you love mystery and enjoy a good ghost story, Charleston doesn’t disappoint. There are several tours in town that expose you to a different side of this beautiful city. Don’t miss the chance to visit the haunted City Jail on Queen Street which housed prisoners from the Civil War. Visiting this site is easily one of the most unique things to do in Charleston, SC.
While downtown Charleston has a near-endless list of things to do and see, a trip outside the city limits is well worth your time. Experience history, beauty, and intrigue when you visit the area’s historic plantations. One of our favorites is Drayton Hall. Tour this gorgeous property complete with lush, green gardens, intricate Palladian architecture, and so many exhibits for you to explore.
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