Just Passing Through? Here's What To See In Charleston, SC In One Day
You may be on a business trip. Or perhaps you’re trekking cross-country to visit the family. Luckily, Charleston, SC is part of your travel itinerary, but you only have to time to spend a single day here. On the one hand, it’s unfortunate, because Charleston has so much to offer! There are so many sights and experiences to enjoy—no way you can digest it all in 24 hours. But on the other hand, even a single day in the Holy City can be magical. So if you’re just passing through, here’s your guide on what to see in Charleston, SC in one day!
SOUTH OF BROAD STREET
Whether on foot or if you decide to partake in the local bike share, Holy Spokes, exploring the area south of Broad Street is a must. More than any place in Charleston, here is where the luxurious Old South is most apparent. The area is packed with awe-inspiring historic architecture—opulent mansions, cast iron fences, cavernous churches and expansive gardens. Some of these beautiful old houses are even open for tours. And while you’re down that way, you can visit…
If you’re a Civil War buff you may want to take the ferry ride out to Fort Sumter and explore. But being that you have only one day, that trip is quite time consuming. Battery Park on the other hand is right on the downtown peninsula. It’s a gorgeous green space littered with Civil War era cannons and informational monuments to boost your knowledge. And it’s right on the water, providing a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Speaking of water…
Shem Creek is just a short drive over the bridge to Mt. Pleasant. And it’s definitely worth the trip. A plethora of restaurants and bars line the creek, each with their own unique patio. Take a seat, enjoy a drink or some food and look out onto water. You’re likely to see a dolphin from time to time gliding past. It’s a treat rarely seen elsewhere.
THE HALSEY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Any art lovers out there? The Halsey is a hugely influential art space, not just locally, not just regionally, but nationwide. Many of their exhibitions tour some of the most prestigious venues around the globe after premiering here in Charleston. This will also give you the opportunity to see a little bit of the College of Charleston campus, as the Halsey is part of the school. Take in a thought-provoking art show and perhaps discuss it with some local students.
Depending on where you’re coming from and where you’re going, visit the Angel Oak either on your way into town or out. It’s located on Johns Island, about 10 miles southwest of the downtown Charleston peninsula. The Angel Oak is a towering, sprawling tree covered in Spanish moss and estimated to be between 400 and 500 years old. Words alone cannot describe its beauty. It is something that has to be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated.
STAY IN STYLE
Obviously, there’s so much more to experience—world-class food, a lively nightlife—but if you’re just passing through, this is a solid and manageable list of what to see in Charleston, SC in one day.
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