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24 hour trips are great for a quick getaway or an easy way to explore a new city in a short amount of time. And, there’s no better place in the South for a day trip than Charleston, South Carolina.There’s a reason Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked Charleston the No. 1 city in the United States six years in a row.
The Holy City has risen to the world’s stage as a top travel destination, and we’ve got your guide on how to spend just 24 hours in our magical city:
While Charleston has all of the national hotel chains, visitors can better soak in the spirit of the city in one of the many boutique hotels all over the city. Check out Zero George Street to experience beautifully manicured gardens or the Planters Inn in the center of the historic district. Both hotels are steps away from great food and nightlife.
Charleston has become the epicenter of the food scene throughout the Southeast. For good reason, with endless options from traditional southern cuisines to modern high-class dining. If you only have one dinner in town, you can’t go wrong with Husk. The treasured creation of world renown chef, Sean Brock. Be aware, reservations book up well in advance so call ahead.
See + Do
For art lovers, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on the College of Charleston’s campus curates a small collection with exhibits from famous artists around the world. For those visiting on the weekend, the Charleston Farmers Market, in Marion Square every Saturday, brings in vendors from all over the Lowcountry selling fruits, vegetables, and artisan goods.
Charleston has everything, even activities for outdoor, adventure seekers. Rent a kayak and explore the Lowcountry in an off-the-beaten-path way. Kayaking gives those the opportunity to see wading birds, oyster beds, barrier islands, and wild dolphins up close. Paddling through the Lowcountry is sure to give anyone an experience they’ll never forget.
Even though it is impossible to experience everything Charleston has to offer in just 24 hours, it is still possible to see much of the city and get a feel of the culture due to the high walkability and short walking distances in between the majority of attractions. The Holy City is sure to leave any visitor with a desire to come back.