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How long should I plan to visit Charleston, SC

I'd love to visit Charleston, SC, but have very limited vacation time.  Is a long weekend enough to see the town?

9 Answers

top answer by
Brew from Manhattan Beach

I think Charleston is one of the best cities in the World to visit for 1 or 2 nights. So in other words, yes... a long weekend is definitely worth it.  Whether your like hisotry, architecture, culture, and/or food, it has everything you could ask for.  Its a really special place.

Most people do one of the carriage rides and I definitely recommend doing one, as its a great way to get an overview of the city.  However, not sure I would trust all the information the tour guides tell you. But like I said, great, easy way to get a feel for the city.  I would follow a carriage ride up with one or multiple walking tours.  We did a Civil War walking tour that was amazing.  

Restaurant-wise, you have incredible choices,  Hominy Grill is the quintiessential breakfast/lunch place for southern comfort food,  Husk is one of the best restaurants in the country,  Slightly North of Broad and  Magnolia's are standards that serve great food in the heart of town.

Lots of good nightlife options with plenty of live music, etc., to be found.  I personally love the Roof Top Bar & Restaurant on the top floor of the Vendue Inn   is a great spot for a drink. The Library At Vendue Inn

If you feel like seeing the beach, I like  Tybee Island.  On the way out, you can stop at  Fort Pulaski National Monument if you want some history, and if you are hungry, I love the  The Crab Shack for a very casual stop for a beer and some shrimp and crab.

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  2. Husk (restaurant)
  3. Magnolia's (restaurant)
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  6. Fort Pulaski National Monument (attraction)
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  8. Slightly North of Broad (restaurant)
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answered by
Carrie from Columbia

I do love long weekends in Charleston!  What are you looking to do?  I would go walk along the battery, tour some historic houses.  Are you looking to go off the beating path? Then head to Angel Oak Tree just outside of Charleston.  If it is historic then check out Fort Sumter National Monument.  Don't forget to stop and enjoy the lowcountry's food.  If it is something specific you are looking for just let me know! 

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answered first by
rich from Athens, GA

I love long weekends in Charleston but you won't see everything.  You can see a lot in a weekend there.  Are you looking to see historic Charleston?  You could see a lot of that in a weekend.  A little touristy but I'd do the Palmetto Carriage Tours horse drawn carriage tour.  It gives you a good overview.  Plan around the temperatures.  If you aren't used to them, the summers will destroy you.  Give me more specifics of what kind of things you want to see and I'll answer or find someone who knows the answers.  

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answered by
Steve from Asheville

Four days would be best

answered by
kym from Raleigh

A long weekend is definitely a good amount of time. There is plenty to do and see and you will not be bored.

answered by
Holly from Carmel (Indiana)

Yes!  Charleston is not too spread out and walking friendly...assuming you stay in downtown Charleston.    

answered by
Brian from Greenville

No it is not. You could spend a month in Charleston and not see it all.

answered by
Mila from Richmond

There's so much to see. I'd travel in on Thursday night so you can wake up in Charleston Friday morning and stay until Sunday afternoon! You're going to love it.

answered by
Michael from Sanibel

Three to four days in Charleston will be a great time. This will fire your interest to return time and time again. I think the best way is to walk but also make sure you take time to take a horse drawn carriage. I most enjoy doing a crawl from restaurant to the next. Taking in a site seeing trip out to the Fort or other stops is worth your time.

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