Constantly raved about and ranked as one of the top destinations in the world to visit, Charleston’s star power is certainly growing – and so are the throngs of tourists. So, if you’re looking to visit the Holy City, or if you live here and want to experience all the city has to offer, check out our top spots to visit in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.
Visit the Battery
Stroll down from Waterfront Park (just look for the iconic pineapple fountain) to the Battery to get the full Charleston experience. The mansions that face the sea on the city’s edge are beautiful and reminiscent of the city’s history as the center of maritime activity. The nearby White Point Gardens feature a few Civil War relics commemorate Charleston’s role in the war.
Shop on King Street
If you need a little retail therapy break, make sure to head downtown. Situated in the heart of downtown Charleston, King Street is Charleston’s main retail district. With everything from restaurants to local jewelry, King Street has it all.
Grab a bite at the Marion Square Farmer’s Market
Just off of King Street is Marion Square, where every Saturday morning you can find fresh produce, watch live performers, and grab a bite to eat. The Charleston Farmer’s Market is the perfect place to kick off your weekend where tourists and locals alike can appreciate the Holy City; take a stroll around Marion Square and see some of the local artists and craftsmen whilst munching on some of the best food Charleston has to offer!
Walk or bike the Ravenel
An iconic part of the city, you can’t miss the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that connects downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant. Take some time to walk, bike, or run across the 2.5-mile long bridge, just make sure you keep the Southern heat in mind before you head out. Plus, you can’t beat the views of the Cooper River from the top; head out for a sunset stroll for a truly breathtaking view.
Head to the beach
You can’t visit Charleston and not make your way down to one of its many beaches. From Folly Beach to Sullivan’s Island to the Isle of Palms, each has their own personality, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Stroll through Charleston City Market
One of Charleston’s oldest landmarks, the Market houses all sorts of local vendors, including the famed sweetgrass baskets. The Charleston City Market was actually just renovated, luckily adding some air-conditioning to the building. Plus, a ten-minute walk down the road will get you to Rainbow Row, one of the most iconic Charleston scenes.
Visit Boone Hall Plantation
You might recognize Boone Hall Plantation as you drive up underneath huge, sweeping oak trees. The “Avenue of Oaks” and the plantation have been used as a major production location for the popular TV miniseries North and South and the romantic movie favorite The Notebook. Boone Hall has been recognized as the #1 Plantation In The Charleston Area according to USA Today’s 10BEST and also is one of America’s oldest working farms…so you can soak in some history, too. Contact Adventure Sightseeing to book your historical plantation tour today!
According to Travel + Leisure Magazine, Magnolia Plantation is known as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens!” As the oldest plantation site on the Ashley River, Magnolia has earned the distinction as the oldest public garden in the United States. If you’re looking to spend the day learning about the history and the beauty of Charleston, this is a must see. For transportation services, or to book a combo tour, contact Adventure Sightseeing today. Get your tickets here!
Cruising the Harbor
Founded as a maritime city, it only makes sense that the best way to see Charleston is by taking a cruise down the Charleston Harbor. Learn about the history of Charleston and even spot some dolphins as you head out on the water. Charleston Harbor Tours allow you to see Charleston the way you want with a plethora of options, from private to group to specialty events, there’s no excuse to not put your sea legs on and take a spin around the peninsula. Tickets are available for purchase here.