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Charleston Travel Guide

CHARLESTON

I’ve just returned from a quick getaway trip to Charleston with my family. Prior to visiting, I had been told that it is considered the sister city of Savannah, which is one of my favorite cities to visit! There were six of us in total, so we decided to stay in a suite at the Springhill Suites in North Charleston. The hotel was perfect for our large group and was only 20 minutes away from Downtown Charleston. There are plenty of hotels in the Historic Downtown district as well so I’d suggest doing a little research and finding the perfect place to stay. Below are my tips and recommendations for places to visit while in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Depending on how long your vacation is, you may have time to see a lot while in this beautiful city. We stayed in Charleston for two days so we decided to walk around and enjoy the scenery.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a gorgeous place to visit. It is known as “Charleston’s most visited plantation” and has swamp lands, rivers and hundreds of flowers to view. I’d suggest allowing at least an hour to get through the gardens and right now there is a Groupon deal – 2 tickets for $24, 4 for $48. If you love nature, this is the place to see. I especially enjoyed the horticultural maze and the observation tower.

Historic Charleston City Market – We visited the market in the afternoon and got to see a bunch of little shops and cute trinkets. The market features over 300 entrepreneurs and you’re sure to find something interesting. It typically closes around sunset, so visit early if you can!

Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre and Shoppe is a lovely little theatre with interactive mystery shows. We watched the Sherlock Holmes show and it was filled with fun twists and laughs! I really enjoyed the audience’s participation in the show and watching my brother act like a woman in the show was hilarious!

King Street is the place to be if you like to shop. A strip of upscale stores sprinkled with your everyday stores lines the street and you can find anything you’re looking for. I really liked the huge Forever 21 and the Loft.

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Bocci’s Italian Restaurant is a small but quaint Italian restaurant located on Church Street in the historical downtown market area of Charleston. I enjoyed their chicken parmesan and definitely recommend getting a reservation as the restaurants in downtown Charleston get filled quickly!

Fleet Landing Restaurant is a gorgeous waterfront dining experience. Definitely recommend getting a reservation and trying the restaurant out for lunch. Their arnold palmer was delicious and I loved the grilled chicken sandwich! If you’re into hush puppies, the hush puppies appetizer is amazing. The restaurant theme is a boat so the interior of the restaurant was really cool!

Moon Pie General Store – such a cute little store to visit if you love candy, moon pies and more! My parents felt like kids again as they browsed this shop and enjoyed the moon pies. The shop features memorabilia, jellybeans, ice cream and fun toys.

Overall, Charleston was a fun place to visit with my family. I still think Savannah is a little more charming but for a quick getaway, I’d definitely add Charleston to your bucket list.

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