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Walking Tours: Charleston, SC
They say if you want to really know a new place, explore it on foot. If anything, it seems this axiom was specifically coined for Charleston, SC. Not only does this “Southern Belle” have a long history behind her, it is also distinguished by its compact layout, easy navigation, and the fact that you don’t need a car to move around. After all, with those exquisite cobblestoned alleys, breathtaking gardens, and charming streets who needs a car anyway? Exploring on foot is one of the top things to do in Charleston, SC and allows you to slow down, stop when you want, and take a moment to get closer to, admire, and savor the beauty of the city.
Before You Begin
Before setting out on your wandering odyssey down the streets of Charleston you need to be prepared. Because there’s a chance you might spend the whole day walking around, yes, Charleston is that enchanting, you need to make sure you have the right footwear on. So choose light weight and comfortable shoes to help you in your exploration. Also, it’s better that you start with eating in mind – right from the beginning of your day! The food here is great and there’s a high chance you will make a few stops along the way to have a meal and a snack and maybe even something in between. And finally, remember that this is a leisurely tour. While guided tours will take you down certain historic streets, don’t forget to make time for exploring the side streets and alleys on your way as well.
The Best Neighborhood Walking Tours Charleston, SC has to Offer
Because of its long, rich history, the first thing you probably would like to see in Charleston is the famous French Quarter. With their historic walking tours, Charleston, SC highlights its colorful streets and showcases some of the oldest churches of the French Quarter, beautiful mansions and Waterfront Park, as well as the magnificent Rainbow Row along East Bay Street. Halfway through your tour, you’ll start to feel hungry. So make sure to finish your tour with a stroll down Broad Street where you’ll have the opportunity to explore and sample the restaurants and local businesses there. After getting a rest and something to eat, head down to King Street for shopping. Shopping along this famed corridor is a must-see-must-do kind of thing for every visitor, and is the crown jewel of shopping in Downtown Charleston. Take your time exploring the beautiful boutiques and have snack or a cocktail in one of the renowned restaurants there.
Food & Bar Crawls
Now that you’ve had your fill of history it’s time to take the foodie tour. This is the tour that will take you through the popular bars and restaurants in Charleston. A bit of warning though, there are so many restaurants offering sumptuous meals you can’t possibly eat in them all. Being one of the top things to do in Charleston, SC, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with options, so planning is key. From the high end eateries that call the South of Broad neighborhood home, to some of the trendiest spots located in the Upper King district, as well as corner bars and cafes in the locally loved enclave known as the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood, you’ll find tasty cuisine truly is everywhere.
Wherever you go in Charleston, you’ll be met with beautiful architecture, great food, and friendly people. So be prepared to be cloaked in charm and hospitality. Check out our available homes to rent and book your stay in Charleston! For even more Charleston activities & recommendations, we invite you to download our FREE Top 5 Guide.