Charleston has quickly become a ‘must see’ travel destination for travelers across the country and world. It’s not hard to see why after being voted “No. 1 City” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for the past six years. Travelers love our city’s charm and foodie appeal but when you arrive, it’s hard to narrow down the perfect location for that Instagram-worthy photo. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spots for that ideal Instagram photo that’ll make all your friends and family wish they were with you! From trendy restaurant snaps to hidden alleyways, we’ve got all you covered.
Pictured above, it goes without saying that your first stop should be at the famous Rainbow Row. A cluster of historic homes, these homes are well known for their playful colors, Georgian architecture, and close proximity to Charleston Harbor. Take a photo in front of one of the beautiful, lush window boxes or take a short walk down East Bay for a photo on The Battery or in White Point Gardens.
83 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
A newcomer to the Charleston foodie scene, The Darling serves up raw oysters from the Charleston area, all in a picture perfect setting. Sit at the raw bar facing King St and people watch or relax in one of the leather-backed booths. Trust us, you’ll fall in love with everything in The Darling!
513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Located in Charleston’s popular Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood, you’ll be wowed by the Spanish moss covering the trees in this historic park. Ideal for grabbing that perfect picnic photo under the wisteria, you’ll have a difficult time choosing the best spot – there are just so many!
30 Mary Murray Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
Located steps away from King Street you’ll discover the sweetest bakery in Charleston. Sugar Bakeshop sells fresh baked cupcakes, sugar cookies, and more. Make sure to grab a few of their lemon blueberry cupcakes for your photo!
59 1/2 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403
It wouldn’t be a Charleston vacation without a trip to Folly Beach! Grab a surfboard or walk the boardwalk for that perfect summertime photo. We love Woody’s Pizza for their New York style pizza and colorful, rustic outdoor space for a great foodie photo!
Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439
After your trip down East Bay Street for pics of Rainbow Row and The Battery, take a stroll down Broad Street where you can admire art galleries displaying the works of Charleston’s favorite local artists. Of course, you can’t miss an opportunity to take a photo in front of our historic tangerine-colored home, the Major Peter Bocquet house at 95 Broad!
Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
Take a short drive out of Charleston to the Angel Oak tree where you can witness one of the oldest trees in the nation. It’s estimated to be 400-500 years old! It is truly an impressive sight to behold. On your trip back to Charleston, stop at the Firefly Distillery to sample a few of their spirits. Our favorite is their renowned Sweet Tea Vodka!
3688 Angel Oak Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455
You can’t visit Charleston without stopping at our Pineapple Fountain! Located in the heart of downtown Charleston at the Waterfront Park, our fountain always makes a striking photo. Afterwards, take a stroll and enjoy the water view, make sure to stop at Belgian Gelato for some delicious gelato!
1 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Every morning should start with a biscuit, it’s just the Southern way! With an adorable shop on King Street, make sure you arrive early as lines at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit tend to grow longer by the hour each morning. Their homemade biscuits are undeniably delicious especially their pimento cheese biscuit.
476 1/2 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Pitt Street Bridge
After a day exploring Charleston, take a journey across the famous Ravenel Bridge to Mt Pleasant where you’ll discover the relaxing Pitt Street Bridge tucked along the harbor in the charming Old Village neighborhood. With stunning marsh views and vistas of the city, it can’t be missed!
Pitt St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
So, whether you’re on a romantic getaway, girls weekend, couples staycation, family vacation, or even celebrating with friends at a destination wedding, your won’t be disappointed by the endless instagram worthy spots offered up in the Holy City! Don’t just take our word for it. Come visit and experience Charleston for yourself. We offer 5-star accommodations and exceptional “Concierge level” service. Have a look at our luxury portfolio to discover the perfect place to stay.