Are you considering planning a quick getaway to the Holy City but aren’t sure of the best ways to spend your time? After all, Charleston is packed with so much to offer! It can be overwhelming to decide. From the beautiful coastline and glistening beaches to the rich history and cuisine that’s to-die-for, we can help guide you towards the best of Charleston! Use our 5-Day Charleston Itinerary to get a little taste of everything our charming Lowcountry city has to offer.
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Explore the Best 5-Day Charleston Itinerary
Day 1: Relax on the Beach
You can’t get the full Charleston experience without spending a day lounging on the beach and feeling the ocean air on your skin. While Charleston has plenty to offer outside of its beautiful beaches, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Folly Beach are all shining stars of the area that truly place Charleston at the top of the list as far as fantastic vacation destinations. No matter which of Charleston’s beaches you choose, you’ll find plenty of relaxation and sun.
If you get hungry, we recommend dining at one of the cabana-style, seaside restaurants peppered along the shores at each of these beaches, such as the Windjammer on Isle of Palms where you can often find live music!
Day 2: Golfing on Isle of Palms
Grab your clubs and hit the green at these two world-class golf courses on Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes’ the Links, and the Harbor. These are some of the best courses, not only in the state but even in the southeast. These courses offer a mixture of picturesque waterway views as well as featuring Charleston’s unique vegetation. With holes right on the water, you’ll find locals waving to you from passing boats as you crack another cold one and strive for birdie. Not to mention the grand homes surrounding the courses that will surely spark a conversation of their own. It’s truly an unexplainable feeling that many golfers never forget.
Day 3: Shopping on King Street
Charleston’s downtown shopping district is known as one of the best in the state. It’s lined with boutiques and souvenir shops that are full of pieces that reflect the true heart of Charleston! The towering historic buildings originating in the 1800s offer the perfect backdrop for a day of shopping and browsing. You could even head up into North Charleston to experience the Tanger Outlets, full of many more name-brand stores.
Day 4: Appreciate the History
It’s no secret that Charleston is riddled with historic landmarks and a seemingly endless history that can be seen throughout the city. Simply admiring the incredible architecture reminiscent of the Gothic Revival is enough to keep anyone entertained for hours. The signature piazzas, brightly colored homes, and intricate detailing certainly give the town a unique charm. We recommend spending a day exploring landmarks like The Battery, Rainbow Row, and even paying a visit to the Charleston Museum of History to take in the immense history found here.
Day 5: Explore Charleston’s Many Tours
Charleston appeals to a wide variety of interests that visits can indulge in through a myriad of exciting tours around the city. For the history buff, the classic carriage tours are a must, along with visiting some of the historic homes owned by the city’s most prominent families from the 1800s.
Charleston Coast Vacations Has Your Perfect Home Away from Home
Before you can focus on all the fun you’ll have on this amazing getaway, you must choose a place to stay! Look no further. You can find your home away from home with Charleston Coast Vacations. Our collections of oceanfront villas pepper the Charleston shoreline and offer only the best for our guests. Browse villas on Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island to discover stunning ocean views, immaculate spaces, and modern décor to aid you in enjoying this vacation to the fullest. Book your stay with us today to get started planning the getaway of a lifetime.