Planning a Perfect 3-Day Weekend in Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston is ranked as one of the best cities in the U.S. due to its spell-binding places to visit, beautiful beaches, lavish food, and rich history. For someone who loves walking tours, lush green gardens, museums, and sunbathing at beaches, Charleston is definitely a great go-to! 

Wondering how to get the most out of the trip to Charleston? This guide will help you explore the best places to add to your itinerary, world-class restaurants, and activities worth doing on the trip. So let’s start exploring!

Charleston’s History and Heritage

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Charleston is one of the oldest North American cities with an African presence. During its early years, it had a few buildings and lacked proper resources. By the end of the 17th century, John Archdale was appointed as Charleston’s governor. He implemented excellent strategies that helped build the city. 

Years after a general decline, the residents staged a political overthrow, after which Francis Nicholson took over, and the city was renamed Charles Town. In 1730, King George II purchased this land, and the Royal government took over the city. Soon it changed to a commerce hub and housed a lot of immigrants. 

In 1774, South Carolina became independent but remained under constant attacks by the British. In 1782, the city was evacuated. After the American Revolution though, Charleston experienced an economic boom. Many industries expanded, and the importance of slavery increased, which led to stringent restrictions, and gradually, all of this led to America’s famous Civil War. 

Even with its varied history of ups and downs, Charleston has maintained a strong sense of place and charm, making it an ideal place to visit today!

Amazing Places to Explore in Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston is full of amazing places to explore. Below are top three picks worth a visit. 

1. Charles Towne Landing

Charles Towne Landing is located in West Ashley. It is a historic site packed with many fun activities for families and friends. Visitors can ride bicycles through the biking trails, hike through several miles of paved and unpaved trails, and watch birds throughout the year. Visitors get access to free Wi-Fi and can shop at the local stores and gift shops in Charles Towne Landing Historic Site. Geocaching is also permitted here. 

2. Fort Moultrie & Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park are fascinating options for history lovers. These forts portray how Charleston played its role during the American Revolution and Civil War in the past. 

Fort Moultrie is located on Sullivan’s Island. This fort was in use from 1776 to 1947. On the other hand, Fort Sumter is located on the island of Charleston Harbor. It was in use during the Civil War. It can only be accessed by boat, making for a unique excursion during your Charleston trip! 

3. Folly Beach

For all the beach people out there, Folly Beach brings amazing opportunities to make the most out of one’s Charleston trip. Enjoy the Southern sun from this massive stretch of coastline or have fun doing the water activities like surfing, fishing, boating, paddle boarding, and dolphin watching. You can also eat from the fantastic bars and restaurants within walking distance of the beach.


Choose From Lavish Food Options

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Trips are incomplete without mouth-watering food. Here are a few top eateries to choose from.

1. Charleston Grill

Charleston Grill is known for its exceptional American cuisine and excellent restaurant atmosphere. Its menu is divided into four sections, and it serves a range of wines to add the perfect final touch to the already mouth-watering dinner. 

2. Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

If you’re looking for seafood options in Charleston, definitely try Hank’s Seafood Restaurant. This restaurant has a wide range of seafood and vegetarian dishes served with surprisingly mouth-watering drinks to complement the meal. 

3. Sugar Bakeshop

For everyone out there with a sweet tooth, Sugar Bakeshop is the go-to place to fulfill those sugar cravings. They bake their goods with local and natural ingredients, which helps them stand out ahead of other bakeries. 


Things to Do While in Charleston, South Carolina

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There is a long list of activities when it comes to things to do in Charleston! Here are a few to consider adding to your itenerary:

1. Cruise around Charleston Harbor

Cruising is a fascinating experience, especially when in Charleston because you get a chance to see the town fully and appreciate its beauty and location. If you choose to cruise around Charleston Harbor, you can visit the historical landmarks and generate a perspective about its geographical location. Companies usually offer cruise journeys twice a day, and the visitor gets to experience things he can’t do on foot. 

2. Discover Local Marine Life At the South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium is a non-profit organization that helps conserve the natural world. Opened on May 19th, 2000, this aquarium has been a source of attraction for tourists who love to see marine life. South Carolina Aquarium is home to 5,000 animals, and the aquarium highlights and shows the marine life in South Carolina. 

3. Book a Specialized Walking Tour

If you’re visiting Charleston for the first time, booking a guided tour with a local is recommended. Choose from ghosts, food, or historical tours, since each brings a new and memorable experience worthy of your time and money. For those who have already visited before, exploring the best neighborhoods and rich history is another go-to place for tours. 

There are many tour companies that will offer visitors specialized walking tours throughout the city. If you’re looking for a little more than a walk, there are other companies that offer 3-4-mile guided running tours, too!

4. Shop At the King Street

Moving on to the best part – King Street Charleston is heaven for shopping addicts. Walking down the street, you’ll find amazing antique shops that feature unique decoration pieces and high-end boutiques that sell amazing clothes. To experience the best nightlife and dining, definitely check out King Street.


Charleston is packed with amazing things to do, worth-exploring places, and mouth-watering food. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or have visited the city often, there will never be a shortage of fun things to do!


While you’re in the Charleston area, why not swing by its neighbor, North Carolina? Here are some of the Top Places to Visit in North Carolina.


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