a tree lined road with fall colors in charleston sc

Your Guide to Fall in Charleston

Travelers who are looking for a scenic, fun, and inviting fall getaway destination will find exactly what they’re searching for when they plan a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. While Charleston is undeniably a great vacation locale year-round, fall brings mild weather, fewer crowds, and just as many opportunities to get out and explore and discover something you. It’s an off-season travel time of year to make the most of exploration at your own pace whether you’re heading here solo, as a couple or in the company of family and friends. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about fall in Charleston!

How to Plan the Perfect Fall Trip to Charleston

What to Pack

Layering for a fall getaway to Charleston is always recommended. While temperatures linger in the 70s through September, later fall months see a cool down with lows getting to around the 50s in the evenings. Fall also comes with the risk of some rain, so having a raincoat handy as well as a few long-sleeve items is a good idea to keep you comfortable while you’re out and about. Many fall visitors to Charleston choose to add evening strolls to their itineraries thanks to these cooler temps and opportunities to sightsee relatively uninterrupted by crowds.

Fall Events to Check Out

When travelers head to Charleston in the fall, they’ll find they’re just in time to participate in some fun annual events. One of the highlights for locals and visitors alike is the arrival of Charleston Restaurant Week. This September event is a highly-anticipated fan favorite with good reason. During this time, visitors can enjoy prix-fixe menus at a variety of local restaurants at discounted rates! Whether you’re in the mood for oysters, gravy, biscuits, or dessert, you’ll find it all accessible at an extremely welcoming rate. Beyond Restaurant Week, fall visitors can make the most of cozy wine-tasting sessions across the city at places like Uncork Charleston and Bin 152 just to name a few of many. Feel free to make your way to Westbrook Brewing in nearby Mt. Pleasant when you find yourself craving barrel-aged stouts. Fall in Charleston also marks the arrival of the annual MOJA Arts Festival which is ideal for those who are looking to infuse some creative inspiration into their fall stay as well!

Admire the Seasonal Décor

While Charleston doesn’t host the traditional colorful foliage other destinations do this time of year, it’s the perfect place to take a walk and admire the seasonal décor. The city is packed with rich history and architecture to match, and many homes are adorned with everything from pumpkins and gas lamps this time of year. It certainly sets a scene that’s worth admiring if you have time to look around and enjoy the view.

Book a Ghost Tour

Charleston’s fall atmosphere takes on a spooky undertone for those who choose to add a city ghost walking tour to their autumn lineup. Charleston is famous for its paranormal stories and legends and booking a ghost tour is a good way to hear them all as you wander through the historic heart of the city alongside a fun, knowledgeable and friendly guide! There are also options to make it a haunted bar crawl if you’re looking to lean into the Halloween theme and add some flavor into the mix.

Book Your Stay Today

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