Charleston, I love you.

If you are looking for an affordable place to visit with beaches, walking, great food, shopping and history; I give you, Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston is one of my favorite cities to visit in the world and after my most recent trip I named myself the unofficial biggest fan.

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that leads into Charleston

As its biggest fan I complied a list of best things to do and see while visiting Charleston.

1. Sullivan’s Island or Folly Beach

If you’re looking for a more quiet, less crowded beach, head to Sullivan’s Island and be sure to sit outside and grab lunch at Poe’s Tavern.

If you are looking for something with more people and action check out Folly Beach and be sure to eat at Taco Boy for lunch.

The Pier at Folly Beach

2. Shop and Dine on King Street

King Street is one of the main streets in Charleston and it features some of the best food and shopping. There are a variety of high-end retail stores to visit but my personal affordable favorite is the fairly new mega-Forever 21.

At the opposite end the shopping section of King Street are amazing restaurants and bars. The Ordinary was our favorite restaurant. It’s known for its fresh and delicious seafood cuisine and is a hot spot, so be sure to make a reservation in advance.

3. Happy hour at The Vendue Rooftop Bar

One of my other favorite parts of Charleston is that there are virtually no skyscrapers, so there are amazing views of the city clear out to the water. I highly recommend doing a happy hour at The Vendue Rooftop Bar. It has features great views of the city and also an awesome place to watch the sunset during Happy hour.

4. So much history, so little time

I am aware I love American history significantly more than the average person but you must check out some of the historical sites in Charleston.

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If you’re looking to get an overview of the historical places within the city take a carriage tour with one of the many reputable companies in Charleston. I recommend Classic Carriage Works, LLC.

I also recommend taking a tour of the Old Slave Mart Museum. It is the last known standing slave auction gallery in South Carolina, and is an important reminder of America’s past.

The Old Slave Mart Museum

Continuing with the significance of slavery within the history of Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation is a very interesting place to visit and is just a quick drive outside downtown Charleston. The plantation offers daily tours of the main house, slave quarters, gardens and grounds.  This plantation was also the site of Blake Lively’s wedding, and some scenes from The Notebook  were filmed here.

Boone Hall Plantation

Road leading out of Boone Hall Plantation

5. Visit the Farmers Market in your walking shoes

One of my other favorite parts of Charleston is it is SO walkable. If you are there on a Saturday I recommend walking through the giant farmers market in Marion Square.

From there I suggest heading down to Rainbow Row, and the Pineapple fountain at the Waterfront Park.

Me dressed like a pineapple, by the Pineapple fountain

Then continue along the waterfront past some of the oldest homes in Charleston to Battery Park, which offers awesome views and chances for more photos.

Battery Park

 

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