Charleston, SC, USA

The perfect 3 days itinerary

Charleston, South Carolina, is a city rich in history, tradition, and Southern charm. Known for its well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and hospitable people, Charleston is a top travel destination in the United States. The city offers a unique blend of contemporary culture and historical preservation, with attractions ranging from Civil War-era landmarks to beautiful public gardens and parks, and a vibrant food and arts scene.

What to do in Charleston?

This 3 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Charleston. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Historic Downtown and Waterfront Park


Start your day with a visit to the Historic Charleston City Market, one of the oldest public markets in the United States. Browse through the stalls selling everything from local crafts to gourmet foods.


Head to the Waterfront Park, a beautiful park with fountains, gardens, and a long pier that offers stunning views of the Charleston Harbor. Visit the nearby Rainbow Row, a series of thirteen colorful historic houses which is one of the most photographed parts of Charleston.


Enjoy a traditional Southern dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in the city. Try local specialties like shrimp and grits or fried green tomatoes.

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Day 2: Plantations and Gardens


Visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, one of the oldest plantations in the South. Take a guided tour of the plantation house and explore the beautiful gardens, which are home to a variety of wildlife.


Head to the Middleton Place, another historic plantation with stunning gardens. Take a carriage tour of the grounds and learn about the history of the plantation and its role in the Civil War.


Return to downtown Charleston and enjoy a meal at one of the city's farm-to-table restaurants, which serve dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.

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Day 3: Beaches and Local Cuisine


Spend the morning at Folly Beach, a popular spot for surfing and sunbathing. Take a walk on the pier and enjoy the beautiful ocean views.


Visit the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in North America. Take a trolley tour of the plantation and learn about the tea-making process.


End your trip with a seafood feast at one of Charleston's waterfront restaurants. Try local favorites like she-crab soup or Lowcountry boil.

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