Food plays a large role in why we decided to travel to Charleston, but the sights of the city were a close second. One of the best ways, both for your health and wallet, to get around and see these amazing landmarks and views is by foot. If you follow me on
If you follow me on INSTAGRAM you know that it was raining for about half of our trip. Thankfully, we were able to catch a movie and make the best of it. After a day or so, the sun decided to come out and we were able to do some sightseeing.Charleston, SC - Your guide, what to see and what to skip Click To Tweet
These buildings are a thing of beauty. They were hard to photograph because of Charleston’s narrow sidewalks and the other tourists in the area, but I was able to capture the photos below. If you have a chance to get over to East Bay Street, you will not regret it! Easy Bay Street is also near the Waterfront Park with the “Pineapple Fountain” pictured next.
The sky finally cleared and we were able to walk all around Charleston. I am telling you, even if you do not have much time, you NEED to take the time to walk up and down this waterfront or just sit and people watch. Listen to the sounds of birds, strangers, and their overly friendly squirrels.
We first stumbled upon the gorgeous Pineapple fountain and, as other bloggers mentioned when I was researching, it was filled with kids…running and playing and yelling. I was able to snap this quick picture while they were rolling and crawling in the fountain’s bottom. This is a fair warning if you want planning to take majestic photos…go during the “golden hour” either in the morning before the kiddies are awake or afternoon when they are out to eat.
Overall, this is one of those places that would be nice with a cup of coffee, reading a book, or something calming. We really weren’t worried about that at the moment, so Steven just sat while I snapped a few photos. It was nice to visit, but if I go back I most likely wouldn’t use my precious time visiting this area again. It was pretty but nothing was really there.
Absolutely breathtaking. It is hard to think that on the backside of this enormous tree is a small-town gas station and other homes alongside the highway. The road to get there was a long, dirt road. One word of advice, parking was limited, but not impossible so be patient and you may have to walk a little ways. I believe the reason for no dedicated parking is due to the limited time people stay and there not being any sort of guide, you simply walk around the tree. We only stayed for about 10 minutes to take photos and then we got on down the road to Magnolia Plantation.
I believe the lack of parking is due to how quickly you see and leave this beauty. We only stayed for about 10 minutes to take photos and then we got on down the road to Magnolia Plantation.
I say all of this to say, I HIGHLY recommend this being a stop either into or out of Charleston. Yet again, this is a place like the Waterfront Park in that there isn’t much there that would change after you have visited it once. Again, I wouldn’t visit on my next trip to Charleston but if this is your first visit, you will love it!
Charleston City Market
This place was bustling from open to close. I would best describe these buildings as a historical flea market…literally. There were some selling authentically made items and artwork and others who weren’t. I couldn’t take photos out of respect for the artists, sorry!
This would also be a great time for your to get your hot little biscuit from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit if you were not able to make it over to King Street. They have an almost identical (other that it not being super tiny) shop serving equally as delicious biscuits.
We stopped here the last time we quickly ate and ran in 2015 and it really hasn’t changed much. Running theme here – I wouldn’t invest much time here during our next visit.
My oh, my… Steven and I literally walked miles and miles exploring this neverending street. I was so hyper-focused on taking photos that I hardly noticed the amazing shopping that is available in this area. This street is for all of you fashionistas out there with money to spend!
I personally stay on the basic neutrals and frugal side of the clothing spectrum, so the Louis Vuitton store wasn’t really a blip on my radar.
Starbucks on the other hand…we made daily trips. Caffeine > High Fashion. Sorry, not sorry, fashion bloggers.
Other than fashion, there were so many things to take photos of…. Explore King Street vicariously through my photos below!
Unitarian Church of Charleston Cemetery
Steven and I stumbled upon this gem. We were, again, looking for one of the many Starbucks on King Street when the lush path lured us in. We weren’t quite sure where we were going, there was relly no guide, but we read cemetery and hoped for the creepiest thing we could find. We were pleasantly surprised at what we found. It was too beautiful not to take photos.
I love how the cemetery is free to grow however it likes. The daily visitors keep a well-worn path, but the natural beauty is still there. Of all the photos taken during our time in Charleston, the gravestone photos on the very bottom row are my absolute favorites.
There are many plantations in the Charleston area and we did extensive research on them to see which we might like best. Magnolia Plantation, obviously, won out and we plan to revisit the next time we are in the area. It was hot in June so we did not get to spend as much time as we would have liked walking the groups and the gardens.
Once we arrived, we bought our tickets to enter and for a tour of the main house. Then both said, “Now what do we do to until our tour time?”. We quickly figured it out, check it out below.
How gorgeous is this house?! Those huge trees block its real beauty. I would move into this amazing house ASAP!
Once you walk in, you can go left to the Orientation Theatre, right to the bathrooms and Peacock cafè or straight to the petting zoo. My advice to you is to check out the theatre first. It is air conditioned and there is a video playing, on loop, answering a lot of questions about the grounds before you go on any walking tours.
Next, we went to the petting zoo. Y’all… I was in random animal heaven! Most of these animals are native to Georgia or just an animal found on a farm. You can buy pellets to feed the animals or just have fun petting them. My favorite animals were the peacock and goats just roaming around the entire zoo.