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charleston plantations feature lots of live oaks

Which Charleston Plantations Do You Need to See?

charleston plantations feature lots of live oaks

It’s easy to forget there are even more activities just beyond downtown Charleston. But there are plenty of fun things to do near Charleston during your visit. A few more options include the beaches and especially the beautiful Charleston plantations.

Each of the plantations in Charleston, SC, are famous in their own right, whether you easily recognize their names or not. Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall Plantation, Middleton Place, and Drayton Hall all merit a visit.

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man about to surprise his girlfriend with flowers on romantic weekend getaways in Charleston, SC

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Charleston, SC: the Ultimate Guide

affectionate couple enjoying a sunset while enjoying romantic weekend getaways in charleston scHere’s the truth:

Planning romantic getaways is hard.

You not only have to wrangle a lot of moving pieces:

  • Where to stay
  • What to do
  • Where to eat

But you also need to ensure that your significant other will appreciate the trip (and therefore you) while you’re together.

Be honest:

The pay-out can be huge, but the work involved can be stressful.

But good news:

Planning romantic weekend getaways in Charleston, SC, are relatively easy.

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A view of the central walk and central monument at white point gardens

Why You Should Be Relaxing at the White Point Gardens

view of the battery from white point gardens in charleston, sc

Imagine yourself avoiding the hot, humid sun and enjoying cool breezes under the shade of live oaks.
What to many would be quintessential Charleston experience is a typical Sunday afternoon at White Point Gardens.
 
At the southern tip of the Charleston peninsula sits White Point Gardens and the Battery. It’s where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet to form the Atlantic Ocean (according to locals), and is a must-see for visitors.


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boone hall plantation and gardens

What to Look for at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

allee of oaks at one of the charleston plantations

Any film buff visiting Charleston feels almost obligated to visit Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens.
 
The silver lining is that visiting one of the most beautiful Charleston plantations certainly doesn’t feel like a chore.

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the gardens at the nathaniel russell house in downtown charleston sc

Discover the Beauty of the Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, SC

side of the nathaniel russell house in downtown charleston sc

Charleston, South Carolina, became an international tourist destination first for its historic homes.
 
Historic downtown Charleston, SC, was in poverty for so long that nothing was torn-down. In the past few decades, America has finally come around to appreciate historic buildings and its history again. And Charleston still has most of its charm.
 

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docent standing at the entrance to the old exchange and provost dungeon facing easy bay street in historic downtown charleston sc

Don’t Miss a Visit to the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

the front of the old exchange and provost dungeon, as seen from broad street

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is one of the oldest buildings in Charleston.
It prides itself as the birthplace of South Carolina.
If that sounds boring, that’s because it can be.
But you can’t blame the people who work at the Old Exchange and Provost from trying to make it interesting.
Plus, the ghosts stories are kind of cool. I am a bit of a history nerd myself, so I decided to write about it.

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rainbow row in charleston sc

Why is Rainbow Row So Famous in Charleston, SC?

rainbow row in charleston sc

I’m going to be completely honest, I don’t understand why Rainbow Row is such a big deal. The line of colored buildings are pretty to look at the first couple times you see them. But there’s no long-term appeal of this historic Charleston tourist attraction.

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a room in one of the best boutique hotels in downtown Charleston, SC

10 of the Best Boutique Hotels in Downtown Charleston, SC

lobby at one of the best boutique hotels in downtown charleston scSome have started to draw comparisons between downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and Venice. Both are slowly sinking into the sea, both flood at the drop of a hat, and both are starting to have a bit of liveability problem.
 
There is no question that historic downtown Charleston, SC, is beautiful. It is now a major tourist attraction after all the work lead by former Mayor Joe Reilly to make it so. It sometimes feels possible to find one of the best boutique hotels in downtown Charleston, SC, on every other block.
 

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splashpad at waterfront park charleston sc looking towards vendue range and st philips church

Loving Waterfront Park in Charleston SC is Not a Cliche

vendue wharf on the water at waterfront park charleston scThere are a couple places that stand out to me as some of the best places in Charleston:

  • the Cistern at the College of Charleston
  • Anson Street
  • Hampton Park

All make the list, but Waterfront Park is one of my favorite places in Charleston, South Carolina.

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exploring the charleston city market is one of the top things to do in charleston sc

Charleston City Market: the Best Parts You Need to Know

exploring the charleston city market is one of the top things to do in charleston sc

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The Charleston City Market can be pretty overwhelming: it’s the biggest tourist trap in Charleston, possibly all of South Carolina! But it is one of the most famous and best things to do in Charleston, SC, so missing it is not an option. Read on to get what you need to know before you get here, and be able to pick the top restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at the City Market and avoid wasting your time.

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