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Day Trip Guide to Charleston

By train, plane or car, no matter how you got here - Charleston is yours to explore. 

Charleston is known for her stunning historic homes and awe-inspiring coastal views; it's no surprise that over 5 million people visit this inlet city. While Charleston is a great place to spend a weekend or even a week, this historic city is the perfect place for just a Daytrip. With only 8 hours in the Holy City, this walking guide covers all the best sights and bites in the Lower Peninsula of the city.

9 AM
White Point Gardens
Located on the edge of the Peninsula this prominent landmark provides a fantastic view of the Charleston Harbor including a view of Fort Sumter. This park is known for its shady historic oak trees, civil war cannons, and monuments.

*Insider Tip* Free parking is available battery on a first come first serve bases, arrive early and park right on the ocean.

10 AM

Nathaniel Russell House
Take a tour of this famous historic house, built by wealthy shipping merchant Nathaniel Russell in 1808, this house is known for its free-flying three-story staircase and formal gardens.

*Insider Tip* Take a Docent-led tour instead of the self-guided, you can pick their brain and ask additional questions during the tour.

11 PM + Lunch

Gibbes Museum
Recently renovated and home to the foremost collection of American art that incorporates the story of Charleston. The museum connects the city and region's artistic past to a vibrant contemporary art scene. This is also an excellent place for lunch, The Daily is located in the lobby of the Gibbes Museums, they offer freshly made sandwiches, salads, and soups.

*Insider Tip* Order the lunch combo and combine either one of the sandwiches, soups, and salads.

1 PM
Saint Michael's Church
Take a tour of one of the most iconic churches in Charleston first erected in the 1680s. One of the most remarkable features of this church is the 186-foot steeple and their notable parishioners include George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

*Insider Tip* Walk through the Graveyard, this is the final resting place of two signers of the declarations of independence.

2 PM
Waterfront Park
One of the most visited parks in Charleston, this park has walking paths and benches looking over the Charleston Harbor. During the summer, this park has two splash fountains that children and adults of all ages can cool off during hot Summers.

*Insider Tip* Stop by the Belgian Gelato for a scoop for authentic Italian gelato right next to the waterfront park.

3 PM
Shopping on King Street
Head to King Street for a world-class shopping experience, several locally owned and national brands can be found on this famous Charleston street.

*Insider Tip* Stop by CandleFish and shop for this locally made candles, this is the perfect gift to remember your trip to Charleston.

4 PM

Stroll through the College of Charleston Campus 

The College of Charleston is the 13th oldest university in the United States. The College is known for its historic architecture and liberal arts studies.  

*Insider Tip* The College of Charleston has been featured in many films including The Notebook and The Patriot, go to the Cistern archway in the center of the campus to relive your favorite films.