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Travel Guide: Charleston, South Carolina

Enjoy the culture, eats, and natural sights of this charming gem of a city.

By Clover Health

The port city of Charleston possesses so much curb appeal and gracious hospitality, it’s hard to know what to check out first! A year-round mild climate makes it easy to admire the pastel mansions and enjoy the beautiful beaches. Rest your weary feet with a bus tour of historic sites. In the evenings, gas lamps light your path to top-notch dining. 

Plus, getting there is simple. Charleston International Airport is just about 13 miles from downtown, and Interstate 26 leads directly into town. 

Things to Eat in Charleston

Hannibal’s Soul Kitchen

Complete your visit with a taste of Gullah cuisine. Shrimp and crab rice, okra soup, and local shark are some of their specialties. 

Early Bird Diner

Indulge in classic southern food, from the ever-popular chicken and waffles to biscuits and gravy. Or how about a bowl of stone ground grits?

Things to See in Charleston

The Charleston Museum

Founded in 1773, this is considered America’s first museum. It features art, natural history, and materials from the diverse populations that shaped the South Carolina Lowcountry. 

Gibbes Museum of Art

View art rooted in the city’s history, with a collection that spans the colonial era to present. There’s truly something for everyone.  

Things to Do in Charleston

Mount Pleasant Pier

This 1,250-foot-long pier extends into the Charleston harbor. Enjoy fishing, gift shops, live music, and food.  

Gray Line of Charleston

Get off your feet while still enjoying the historic sites of Charleston with knowledgeable local guides in climate- controlled comfort. 

Kiawah Beachwalker Park 

Located on Kiawah Island, this park has both ocean and river views. Rent beach chairs and umbrellas on the boardwalk. The beach is even accessible by ramp.  

Palmetto Islands County Park

Ample trails, picnic sites with grills, paddle boat and kayak rentals, fishing and crabbing, and a tidal marsh island make this tropical preserve a must-visit. 

Get Your Steps In

Keep up your fitness routine at Ravenel Bridge, which provides bike riders and walkers a stunning view of the port. Just head to Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant, near the Visitor Center, for a good parking spot. The pedestrian path is 2.5 miles one way.

This article was originally published in the fall 2021 issue of Clover Living magazine. Want to see more articles like this? Subscribe to Clover Living magazine for free (if you aren’t already subscribed) here.

 

Published on 4/13/22

Illustration by Sara Mulvanny