Renowned for its historic architecture, pristine beaches, gourmet food, and lively Southern culture, the Holy City is the perfect destination for a weekend escape. Charleston features so many must-do activities that it’s hard to fit everything in just a weekend. This list is an introduction to Charleston’s best tours, shops, restaurants, attractions, and beaches. So grab your sandals, pack a beach bag, and get ready for a fabulous vacation.
Take a tour
On your first day, a tour around the city will help acquaint you with Charleston’s unique attractions. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sail through the Charleston harbor, book a tour bus, or admire the city on foot with a walking tour. Boasting the largest collection of historic buildings of any city besides Rome, you’ll want to stroll down Charleston’s charming cobblestone roads to appreciate the city’s spectacular architecture. A tour helps you scope out restaurants, shops, and other attractions you will want to visit later.
Shop on King Street
The center of downtown Charleston, King Street offers a wide array of restaurants, local boutiques, and famous designers. Whether you’re looking for coffee, dessert, or a Gucci handbag, you’ll find it on King Street. Popular upscale boutiques include Bevello, V2V, and Finicky Filly. If you’re looking for luxury goods, stop by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, or Louis Vuitton on Lower King. Whether you’re shopping for children, menswear, or bathing suit, King Street has a store for you.
With so many fabulous restaurants to choose from, you’ll want to have your meals planned out in advance. For breakfast or brunch, visit Poogan’s Porch for their famous fried chicken and waffles or savor shrimp and grits at Hominy Grill. You won’t want to miss a delicious lobster and brie omelet at Another Broken Egg. For lunch, enjoy hot sandwiches at Circe’s Grotto, the colorful buffet at Caviar and Bananas, and authentic Southern fare at Jestine’s. On Friday, visit Fleet Landing for a fresh seafood dinner overlooking the water. Try the famous foodie restaurant FIG for dinner on Saturday night. The Gin Joint, Cocktail Club, and 492 are three perfect spots for after-dinner cocktails.
Visit a plantation (or three!)
Considering the Holy City’s rich history, a weekend trip isn’t complete without a visit to one of Charleston’s spectacular plantations. Magnolia Plantation boasts South Carolina’s most popular and most beautiful gardens and the stately Boone Hall Plantation dates back to 1681. The only tea plantation in North America, Charleston Tea Plantation is a relaxing place to spend an afternoon. Try the plantation’s unique blends learn how tea leaves are cultivated. If you can’t get enough of Charleston’s fascinating history, visit the newly restored Wentworth Mansion or tour the famous (and haunted) Old City Jail.
Relax at the beach
Make sure to allocate some time during your vacation to visit Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island. Both offer fantastic beaches, unique shops, and cravable cuisine. On Folly, don’t miss out on Taco Boy, Folly Beach Crab Shack, or Rita’s Seaside Grille for an unforgettable meal. Sullivan’s Island also boasts gourmet restaurants, including The Obstinate Daughter and Poe’s Tavern. Shop summer style at a local boutique and cool off with gourmet gelato or iced coffee from Beardcat’s Sweet Shop on Sullivan’s Island.
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