If you’ve never traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, it’s a “must” on your travel bucket list. The historic and charming city is a beautiful place to visit year-round, and even though it’s a favorite among tourists, it’s easy to fit in wherever you go—planning a summer getaway to Charleston? Here are some things to see and do and some other things to consider.
When it comes to celebrating, the people of Charleston know how to do it right. All summer long, there are a variety of music festivals and other events like the Fourth of July to celebrate. Whether you head to Charleston at the start of summer or the end, there are many events and festivals to check out.
Some of our favorites include Freshfields Village Music on the Greens Series, The Moonlight Mixer on Jolly Pier Beach, and the Charleston Margarita Festival.
Tourists love Charleston for its guided tours, and whether you want a guided tour by carriage or boat, there’s plenty to see. Most walking guided tours are reasonably priced (and most reviewers say that the tours are worth every penny).
Our favorite tours include the Magnolia Plantation Tour, the Ghosts of Charleston Tour, and the Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour. You don’t need to pay for a guided tour to enjoy the beauty and history of Charleston, but if you decide to go on a solo walking tour, be aware of your surroundings.
Never cross intersections as a pedestrian while distracted and if you’re driving, always plan your route ahead of time. Distracted driving and walking put you at risk of otherwise preventable accidents.
One of the best things about exploring a new city is finding some of the best places to eat and drink. If you want to enjoy Happy Hour, check out one of the many breweries or distilleries in the Charleston area.
Can’t decide on a restaurant? Any of Charleston’s culinary tours are a great way to sample some of the area’s finest cuisine.
Whether you spend the day visiting breweries or have a few glasses of wine with your meal, don’t drive under the influence of alcohol. Even if you are on vacation (and not a native of South Carolina), you can still get a DUI offense. Designate a sober driver or make plans for alternative transportation.
Whether you’re flying into Charleston or traveling by car, there’s a good chance you’ll be traveling on I-26 (which is the longest interstate in South Carolina). While I-26 isn’t particularly known for being dangerous, it’s frequently traveled, and road construction projects are often in progress.
Before you hit the road, check out a traffic app like Waze or the South Carolina DOT website. To reduce your risk of accidents, keep your focus on the road and never drive while reading map apps. In road construction areas, be prepared for increased traffic congestion and delays.
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