Our whirlwind southern road trip allowed for just under 24 hours in Charleston, South Carolina. Not nearly enough time for this captivating southern city, but we crammed in as much as we could! Here’s our recommended itinerary for the time crunched:
Start at the historic Charleston Market, which dates back to the 1800s, and today offers a wide array of vendors. Pick up some souvenirs, and grab a sandwich or pastry at Caviar & Bananas to keep up your energy for a little city exploring.
Follow the handy French Quarter self guided walking tour map, which will take you past the city’s wealth of historic architecture, and right up to the harbor (I recommend going a little off course to spend some time by the water!)
Your walking tour will end back downtown, where it’s time to take advantage of Charleston’s wealth of seafood restaurants! We ate at Hyman’s, which was unexceptional, but a welcome rest after the long walk. For a truly epicurean experience, check out Cypress.
Finish out the evening at Edmund’s Oast, a brewpub with nearly 50 beers on tap and an inventive cocktail menu.
After a long day, it’s time to turn in at this serene airbnb apartment on the river, or the more centrally located historic Governor’s House Inn.
For breakfast (or brunch, as there should be few early mornings while on vacation in my book), stop into the retro modern Rarebit for the delicious huevos motuleños or more traditional offerings like french toast.
It might be time to get on the road, but before you leave town, be sure to stop at the lush Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, situated on 70 acres and including a Camellia maze, cypress ringed lake and indoor tropical garden.