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Category: Weekend Getaways in the South

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

charleston travel tips include visiting the hidden gem that is the angel oak on johns island of charleston sc

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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A Hipster’s Guide to Biking in Charleston, SC

biking from charleston sc to folly beach south carolinaI had a tenuous relationship with bicycles for most of my life.


Fortunately, my views on biking has changed a lot in the intervening years. Today, between friends who enjoy biking in Charleston, SC, and my own experiences, I can give some insight into the cycling scene here.

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10 of the Most Romantic Bed and Breakfasts in Downtown Charleston, SC

breakfast in bed at one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in the historic district of charleston, scMany of the people who’ve heard of bed and breakfasts before cringe at the sound. They think of things like:

  • doilies
  • sleeping at their grandparents’ house
  • being supremely uncomfortable around old people

Fortunately, bed and breakfast inns have changed a lot (for the better). New changes in the market like Airbnb have made bed and breakfasts accessible to a new generation of potential guests. In this case, Millennials like me. And while you’ll still find cringe-worthy B&B inns out there, you won’t find any of them on this list of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in Charleston, SC.

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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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38 of the Best Hotels in Charleston, SC

luxury amenities at one of the best luxury hotels in charleston scCan I be totally honest with you?

There are too many hotels in Charleston, SC. At last count, there are over 80 hotels just in historic downtown Charleston alone. Throw in the surrounding Charleston area, and you have an overwhelming number of hotels to choose from.

Sifting through them all can be overwhelming. It’s understandable why where to stay and the best hotels in Charleston is usually the first question I get. But there are also a ton of questions related to that, hence this article.

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19 of the Best Weekend Road Trips from Charleston, SC

head over the ravenel bridge from downtown to get to georgetown and myrtle beach on weekend road trips from charleston scCharleston, South Carolina, is a fantastic place to live.

But for anyone who’s lived in a larger city, getting away from town saves you from cabin fever.

I don’t vacation in the traditional sense. Instead, I settle in an exotic locale and then explore where I’m living as well as places nearby. And my favorite way to do so is by road tripping.

Luckily, South Carolina has a lot of diverse terrain and places to visit. That makes for a lot of easy weekend road trips from Charleston, SC. There are a lot of interesting places to go that are only within a four to six hour drive.

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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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sunset over one of the beaches near charleston sc

7 Fantastic Beaches Near Charleston, SC

beach grass at sunset on isle of palms, one of the beaches near charleston sc

Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its historic homes, its plantations, and its beaches. History or the natural beauty of the Lowcountry may not be your thing. In which case, there are still some fantastic beaches near Charleston, SC, to experience. So read on to find the best places to soak up the sun and enjoy your upcoming beach vacations in Charleston. Visiting any of these beaches is among the top 10 best things to do in Charleston, South Carolina.

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