We are back on the East Coast of the U.S. for my next Travel Thursday blog. I’m sharing all about one of my favorite South Carolina and coastal U.S. cities… Charleston! This charming southern town is both beautiful and exciting.
Tips for Visiting Charleston
First, as it’s in South Carolina, summer in Charleston gets insanely hot. Even with the ocean breeze it’s intense. If you can visit any other time of year other than summer, that might be your best bet.
Next, Charleston is known as a foodie town. If visiting during busier seasons or holidays, I highly recommend you try to make reservations (if they take them) at the restaurants you plan to enjoy.
Finally, your Charleston trip will likely involve a lot of walking, especially if you visit multiple downtown stops, so be sure to wear comfortable footwear!
Things to Do in Charleston
Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Charleston:
- Charleston Crab House – The cocktails and seafood here are amazing! I can’t recommend their shrimp and grits crab-a-tizers enough! Their downtown Charleston location is conveniently on Market Street.
- Restaurants & Bars – All throughout downtown there are so many amazing restaurants and bars. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with most of them.
- Pineapple Fountain – This is one of many great fountains to check out in Charleston. The small park it’s in is off Prioleau Street. This area provides a great view of the river too.
- I love all the architecture in Charleston – from the older buildings and churches to the amazing Victorian style houses. If you love it too, then walking or driving around Charleston to see it all is a must! One majestic building is the United States Custom House.
- Walking or Harbor Tours – These are a great way to see a lot of sites in one swoop and take in some history. There is an abundance of tour offerings, including some haunted ones!
- South Carolina Aquarium – This might not be the biggest aquarium in the South, but it has some wonderful sea life and exhibits.
- Firefly Distillery – If you haven’t tried Firefly yet, then you are missing out. Their sweet tea vodka is a must!
- Rainbow Row – Don’t miss these colorful and historic buildings!
- Angel Oak Tree – This is just outside Charleston, about 13 miles or a slightly under 30-minute drive. Seeing this tree is something many people drive out of their way for as it is simply stunning and remarkable.
- Isle of Palms – This is home to one of my favorite beaches near Charleston. It is family-friendly and has some fun restaurants, shops, and bars. Depending on traffic it is an approximately 45-minute drive from Charleston.
These are only a few of the fun attractions and destinations in Charleston. Check out this great list for more idea.
Don’t miss the next Travel Thursday blog where we will visit Washington, DC!