all charleston travel guides will recommend a walk on the batteryThere’s a ton of information available about Charleston and the Lowcountry.

It lately seems like everyone and their mom is trying to visit the area or has been recently. But finding-out what you need to plan your trip can sometimes be overwhelming!

Luckily, there are plenty of high-quality Charleston travel guides available online. Besides the current guide to hipster Charleston, there are plenty of sources for every sort of niche traveler. These extensive guides make recommendations on everything from the best time to visit Charleston to what plugs to bring.

One of the reasons this Charleston hipster blog came into being was realizing how many sites offered recommendations written by people who aren’t from here. Read more of our history and about the Best of Hipster Charleston here.

Read on to see a few of our favorites:

1. Southern Living

The Crown Jewel of the South requires a decent write-up by Southern Living Magazine, and this literary staple of the South has done just that. Be sure to visit the guide for where to eat, drink, shop, stay, and play in Charleston.

2. Travel + Leisure

Another world-renowned source for travel planning, the Charleston visitor’s guide by Travel and Leisure is also worth checking-out.

3. Charleston Visitor’s Bureau

Get lots of free information, even a free visitor’s guide, straight from the horse’s mouth of the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau website. Well, the Visitor’s Bureau, which is paid for by the Charleston taxpayers, which is akin to the horse’s mouth.

4. The New York Times

Get a decidedly outsider’s view of Charleston by reading recent and not-so-recent articles about or mentioning Charleston in The New York Times, including a cruise from Baltimore to Charleston and reviews of new hotels in Charleston, SC.

5. TripAdvisor

The largest travel site in the world of course has plenty of information about Charleston and the surrounding area. Take what you read with a grain of salt, however, as lots of people visit TripAdvisor with an axe to grind.

6. USA Today 10 Best

Another nationally-known source of news has its own ideas of what the top 10 best things to do in Charleston, SC, are, as well as the best places to stay, eat, and explore. See recent articles written about Charleston on the USA Today website.

7. Fodor’s

This publication has a reputation for attracting higher-end travelers when they’re looking for recommendations, but Fodor’s is also worth checking-out for advice on Charleston.

8. Traveler of Charleston

Traveler of Charleston‘s goal is to provide high-quality resource informing visitors and locals on all that Charleston has to offer.

9. A Beautiful Mess

Get a quick feel for Charleston from two sisters from the Midwest during their long weekend stay in the Lowcountry. It’s just a quick run-down of their favorite places they visited as well as their own (brightly-colored) photography, but worth a quick sim.

10. Things to Do in Charleston

A local site that curates information provided by locals for visitors and new residents. Their focus is on Charleston attractions like tours, beaches, shopping, nightlife, and restaurants. The site isn’t exactly user friendly, but it’s by another local.