Named after King Charles II, King Street, jokingly called “Chucktown” by locals, is the place to go for shopping in this quaint Southern city. The Upper District is where you’ll find fine dining, Middle District where you’ll find fashion, and Lower District where you’ll find antiques. Any gift you’d like to pick up—from arts, books, and home décor to clothing, cosmetics, and handbags—is available on this historic street. For a full day, pick up a new outfit at Ben Silver, shop for antiques at Geo C. Birlant & Company, and finally stop for a fine farm-to-table meal at the Macintosh.
After a day shopping and dining in the city, take advantage of Charleston’s natural beauty by taking a walk down to the Riley Waterfront Park. On the pier you can watch the water tumble and seagulls swoop while sitting on swinging benches. The perfect place for a picnic! In the heart of the park is a pineapple fountain with great photo ops to share with family and friends. Charleston is home to another aquatic ecosystem as well: the swamp! Check out the famous Audobon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation for a look into this unique world where trees grow from water.
Charleston has got a taste for any visitor. With countless incredible restaurants, it is no wonder the city offers expansive culinary tours! Eat your way through the city’s Southern cuisine and beyond on one of these four tasty tours. To try cuisine on your own, stop by Magnolias for a refined take on Southern cooking. For lighter fare, go to Butcher & Bee and try their rotating menu using seasonal, local ingredients.
The history of Charleston, one of the longest in the United States, is well worth exploring while in the city. For a comprehensive history tour, take a horse drawn carriage through the heart of the city where your guide will tell you all there is to know. You can also hop on the free downtown trolley to get to all of the top tourist destinations. Explore the harbor with sightseeing and a dinner cruise through Spirit Line Cruises. If you’re interested in Civil War history, take a trip to Fort Sumter National Monument, the place where the war started. The city also boasts a number of robust plantations that are bursting with gardens, most notably Middleton Place or Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Where to Stay?
No trip would be complete without the accommodations! For a luxury stay, book a room at the Belmond Charleston Place, offering a spa and premium dining within the hotel. The Charleston Marriott offers waterside views and true Southern hospitality.
Sox to Match!
Your trip won’t be complete without a pair of Charleston Hot Sox! Find them in our Travel Collection for men and women.