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Top 20 Charleston Travel Tips and Tricks to Know Before You Visit

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The Angel Oak tree is bigger than you’ll expect, and a hidden gem on Johns Island

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the best places I’ve lived. And I spent years bouncing around like a tumbleweed. As of last year, Charleston, SC, is where I have lived the longest since I lived at my parents’ full-time in high school.


Like a lot of other people that live here, I visited a couple times, loved it, and decided to move here. The steady influx of outsiders has changed the traditional delineation of Charleston society between locals and outsiders, or people “from off”.


There are still some Charleston travel tips and tricks to know before you step foot here to help you blend-in. Follow the below (and be conscientious) and you’ll avoid being one of those tourists that people here hate.

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A Hipster’s Guide to Park Circle, in North Charleston, SC

outdoor dining on east montague avenue in park circle of north charleston, sc

By North Charleston from North Charleston, SC, United States [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

I came this close to moving to Park Circle instead of downtown Charleston when I first came to Charleston.

I love living downtown, but there are times when I’m in Park Circle that I kind of regret my decision.

Not enough to move, though.


For me, it’s likely more my scene, and seems to be becoming more so as people I associate with are priced-out of historic downtown Charleston.

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24 of the Best Things to Do in Charleston, SC, with Kids

visiting Sullivan's Island beach is one of the best things to do in Charleston, SC, with kidsCan I be totally honest with you?

There is no more effective birth control in the world than traveling with kids (except babysitting).

Family-friendly vacations often don’t seem too friendly to all family members.

It’s a familiar story and it usually goes like this:

  • Rigid schedules
  • Finding places to eat with chicken nuggets
  • Fears of them having a melt-down in public

We’ve all been there:

This list came to be from dragging families with young children around Charleston, in fact.

But good news:

Traveling to Charleston can be pretty breezy with tykes in tow. Lucky for you there are plenty of fun things to do in Charleston, SC, with kids. Here’s a list of this writer’s favorite fun things for kids to do in Charleston, South Carolina, spoken from experience.

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15 of the Most Delicious Casual Restaurants in Charleston, SC

there are some fantastic burgers here, the hallmark of one of the best casual restaurants in charleston scReviewing restaurants get old: all mentions of hamburgers gets old, regardless of how many restaurants serve it. I prefer writing about tourist attractions and the other best things to do in Charleston, SC. But I do love to eat, and feel that I’m a fairly decent restaurant critique, just like everyone else in the world it seems. But that’s neither here nor there. I’m not sure how long this review of casual restaurants in Charleston, SC, is going to take, but hopefully it won’t feel like pulling teeth.

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10 of the Best Rooftop Restaurants in Charleston, SC, by View

wine served at a rooftop restaurant in charleston scCharleston is full of so many great restaurants to suit any palate. Amongst all the different cuisines and foods available, it’s also home to a unique dining experience; rooftop restaurants.

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11 of the Most Fantastic Charleston Coffee Shops


coffee ready to be served at one of the best charleston coffee shopsThe first time I drank coffee, I felt like I could wrestle a pig–literally.
I experienced my first jolt of energy, concentration, and vigor while working at a farm in upstate New York. I had to be dissuaded from wrestling one of the pigs on the farm. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. For this particular addiction, I moved to the right place. As is the case with any major hipster city, there are more than a few excellent Charleston coffee shops to be found.

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15 of the Best Seafood Restaurants in Downtown Charleston, SC

raw oysters being served at one of the best seafood restaurants in downtown charleston scThere’s a lot Charleston is known for, but all its fame stems from being a historic port city.
And Charleston matches a long list of other global port cities for a lot of similar characteristics:
  1. Barcelona
  2. New Orleans
  3. Marseilles
But one thing that unifies these and many more is featuring damn good, local seafood.
Experiencing Charleston requires at least one meal of fresh seafood from Lowcountry waters. And the best seafood restaurants in downtown Charleston, SC, are here to oblige.

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A Hunt for the Best Brunch in Downtown Charleston, SC: 21 Places

the best Sunday brunch in Charleston, SC, usually includes either heavy, Southern comfort food, or lighter fare

The South is famous for its comfort food.

And that holds true with its unique additions to the American breakfast diet.

Any place that could create unique concoctions like chicken and waffles must know what they’re doing. Brunch in Charleston, South Carolina, is certainly no different. There are so many places opening and closing that locals and tourists alike can get breakfast out regularly without getting bored.

But then you’d be poor.

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10 of the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Downtown Charleston, SC

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There’s a reason Charleston was recently voted Best City  in the world in 2016.
Among those reasons, Holy City cuisine is so renowned visitors may consider worshipping the local masters of the culinary arts.
The best fine dining restaurants in downtown Charleston, SC, offer meals that punch way above the belt for such a small city. As demonstrated by a recent visit by Anthony Bourdain, Charleston, South Carolina, is on the map for its food culture.

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21 of the Most Romantic Things to Do in Charleston, SC

morris island lighthouse off of folly beach, one of the best beaches near charleston sc

Charleston, South Carolina, is a historic city full of charm and beauty. 

It was voted the most romantic city in America by Travel and Leisure. 

Charleston is a bustling hub of romantic attractions, brimming with fun and exciting activities. There are so many different romantic things to do in Charleston, SC, for your next visit.

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