A Walking Tour of Historic Charleston

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

Some very Stylish Stays: The Vendue, The Spectator HotelPlanters Inn



For more ideas, check out my friend Christi’s Charleston Travel Guide on Wanderpants

P.S. Another gorgeous city that is totally walkable



6 thoughts on “A Walking Tour of Historic Charleston”

  1. Sandra Zaninovich

    Have always wanted to visit! I’m always so incredibly grateful to you that I ever even had any opportunity to visit the South. Have to get back there again someday….and will definitely bookmark your guide!

  2. I’m from Charleston, so it’s always fun to see it through the eyes of a visitor. Before I started blogging and freelance writing, I used to work as a full-time tutor for a family that lived just off of the Battery. I used to park my car right in front of that big white house that’s in the first picture! 🙂

  3. Aw that’s so cool! I know what you mean. I always love to hear what visitor like when they come to LA. Helps me get out of a rut! 🙂

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