Top 5 Things To Do In Charleston
Defined by its rich history, cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriages and pre-Civil-War-era architecture, Charleston provides a relaxing yet sophisticated getaway that celebrates all things Americana. Here's our list of the top 5 things you have to do while visiting the 'Holy City."
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An assessment defined by many factors: creativity, variety, tradition, access to prime ingredients and more, this southern city is one of the best places in American to visit for a weekend of nonstop eating and drinking. Known for its remarkable food scene, authentic culinary traditions and rich history, visitors can enjoy a variety of elevated southern cuisine at award-winning restaurants including Husk (led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock) and FIG (led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Mike Lata) or indulge in brunch hot spots One Broad Street and The Getaway.
2. Bike around the South of Broad
Visitors staying at the HarbourView Inn can enrich themselves in history by taking out the hotel’s complimentary beach cruisers to bike around the South of Broad. Meander through the cobblestone streets while taking in views of Antebellum architecture and whiffs of salt water air blowing off the Charleston harbor.
3. Walk Through Majestic Plantations
It's easy to forget that preserved plantations and gardens like Middleton Place or Magnolia Plantation are just minutes from the hustle and crowds of downtown Charleston. As you lose yourself amongst the moss-covered oak trees and blooming azaleas, you can't help but find yourself being transported on a journey back in time.
4. Take a Haunted Walking Tour
For travelers looking for an immersive spooky experience, local tour group Bulldog Tours truly delivers. Travelers can enjoy captivating tales of notorious ghosts while through Charleston’s oldest graveyard after dark, in Old City Jail (which housed some of Charleston’s most infamous criminals, 19th century pirates and Civil War prisoners and inside of a ghoulish Revolutionary War era dungeon.
5. Sunset Sail
As the night concludes, soak in the historic charm and romance of Charleston aboard a Schooner Pride sailboat cruise.
BONUS: Treat Yourself
Find a little luxury at Charleston's only waterfront hotel. Located in the downtown Historic District, the HarbourView Inn is the perfect place from which to explore the Holy City. With a private rooftop with views of the harbor and weekly live music sessions, local beer and wine sampling, and evenining skyline tours, you may not feel like leaving.
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