Charleston Favorites
Day Trip to Charleston

Charleston Favorites Day Trip

Looking to see the big favorites of Charleston? Squeezing it all in one day is truly a feat, but I've come up with a plan that will have you in front of some of the best of Charleston! Just know that you'll probably want to come back for more!

Keep in mind that this is not a one-size-fits-all itinerary. So use the following simply as a suggestion and curtail it to your liking.

Also, please note that there are multiple options listed under each part of the day. Your ability to do more than one option will depend on how much time you spend at your first stop. In some instances, only one activity will be doable.

Regarding any of the dining options: These are purely suggestions based on where you may end your touring of the city. Visit our Charleston Restaurants page for a plethora of dining opportunities that may better fit your palate and budget.

Disclaimer: Please note that is not a concierge and is unable to make bookings for the below Charleston Day Trip. The itinerary listed below is merely a suggestion to assist you in developing your own agenda while in the Lowcountry. As always, please contact any listed attractions to assure the correct operating hours and pricing.

If you are interested in a planned itinerary, please visit our Charleston Tours page for touring companies who specialize in optimizing your time in Charleston.

Charleston Favorites Day Trip
A Suggested Day Trip Itinerary

Breakfast Options
Hominy Grill
Diane’s Restaurant

Morning Activity Options (9:00am – 11:30am)
Carriage Tour of Charleston
Walk through Old City Market & Shops of Market Street

Lunch Options on or near Market Street (12:00pm – 1:30pm)
Noisy Oyster
Charleston Crab House
Fleet Landing
Bubba Gumps
Blossom Café

Afternoon Options (allowing 30 minutes to drive: 2:30pm – 5:30pm)
Ashley River Plantation Tours - Middleton Place, Magnolia Gardens & Drayton Hall. (time for up to 2 plantations)
Mt. Pleasant Plantation Tour of Boone Hall

Pre-Dinner Options (allow 30 minutes to drive)
Drive back to DT for dinner

Dinner Options on or near East Bay Street (6:30pm – 8:00pm)
Roof Top Bar and Restaurant (above The Vendue Inn)
Southend Brewery
Slightly North Of Broad (S.N.O.B)
High Cotton

Night-time Options
Stroll down Waterfront Park, continuing onto the Battery & White Point Gardens
Ghost tour

View other Charleston Day Trip suggested itineraries:

Historic Charleston
History Buff
Foodies Delight
The Shop-a-holic
Riding in Style
Sunny Side Up
All in the Family (Things to do with Kids!)

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