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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Ghost Tours in Charleston, SC

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When I was little, I was really into ghost stories. As is the case with most people, I loved the adrenaline rush from fear. I also both hated and loved the vagueness of the stories: whether they were real or no.
Later on in life, I had the benefit of living in some of the most haunted places in America. And Charleston, South Carolina, is high on most lists related to hauntings and ghosts. And there are some fantastic ghost tours in Charleston, SC, that take advantage of the depth of local lore.

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Which Charleston Plantations Do You Need to See?

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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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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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Is Hampton Park in Charleston, SC, Actually Worth a Trip Up Here?

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The best things in life are free.
And if they’re not free, then at least cheap.
And that’s the case with Hampton Park in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

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21 of the Most Fun Things to Do in Charleston, SC, at Night

evening over the charleston marina, a visit here is one of the fun things to do in charleston sc at nightThere’s no beating around the bush: Charleston, South Carolina, has a strong connection to alcohol and dining. Most lists of fun things to do in Charleston, SC, at night often feature food and booze at the top of the list.

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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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The Best Shopping in Downtown Charleston, SC: 8 Awesome Stores


clothes on display in the best shopping in downtown charleston scThe best shopping in downtown Charleston, SC, is way behind experiencing other aspects of the Lowcountry to me.
Lowcountry dining and the best attractions and activities in Charleston and nearby distract.
But it’s important for some people.
And there are plenty of choices for Charleston shops throughout the area.

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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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Why You Need to Visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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Some would argue that Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC, is a tourist trap.
And maybe it is. But it’s still worth a visit.

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7 of the Top Bakeries in Charleston, SC

cupcakes at one of the best bakeries in charleston scThere are few things Charleston, South Carolina, loves more than its bake shops.

The short list would likely include beer, food in general, and paddle boarding.

But baking and the bakeries in the Holy City are definitely up there in the hearts and minds of Charlestonians.

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