Over the Fourth, we were lucky enough to spend a day in beautiful Charleston, SC. Though we didn’t quite prepare for the Southern humidity—clearly I’ve been gone too long—we found a map, and set out for our own walking tour of historic Charleston. Nevermind that we looked like drowned rats by the end. While you might want to bookmark this guide for a cooler time of year, come along as I show you photos of the historic homes, streets not to miss, and the best places to eat while you’re in town.
And if you want to bring this city to life without leaving home, I highly recommend the book South of Broad.
Something to Know: In case you didn’t realize, Charleston defines hot and humid in the summer. Dress accordingly.
Where to eat lunch: S.N.O.B. (Slightly North of Broad) You must get the jumbo lump crab salad.
Streets not to miss: Start at East Bay Street and walk all the way down until it turns into The Battery. You will walk right by Rainbow Row and finally along the waterfront. Make your way back via Church Street and end at the Charleston City Market. You will also be around the corner from the Belmond Charleston Place hotel if you’re in need of a drink and some air conditioning.
In case you want to see inside a mansion: The Edmondston-Alston House, located at 21 East Battery, is now a museum.
Where to get an afternoon cocktail: Belmond Charleston Place
If you have more time: Check out the Sunset Cruise that leaves from Charleston Harbor.
Where to eat dinner: Hands down, Fig
Where to get a nightcap: Bin 152 Wine Bar
For more ideas, check out my friend Christi’s Charleston Travel Guide on Wanderpants