Charleston, SC: 3 Day Itinerary + Recs

I just recently came back from short trip to Charleston, SC and it was one of the MOST beautiful places I have ever been! We all know my vacation destination spot of choice is Walt Disney World but I wanted to try a different spot for a change. My mom and I decided on Charleston and we are so happy we chose to visit. We went for three days and that was the perfect amount of time for us. Below I'll be sharing our three day itinerary, including all the places we ate, my recommendations, photo spots throughout the city, and recommendations from my Instagram followers.


We flew Southwest in and out of Charleston International Airport and chose the earliest flight on our way down and the latest flight on our way home so we could fully maximize our time there. We stayed at the Church Street Inn on Church Street right next to the Charleston Market. It was a perfect location and within walking distance to everything downtown so we rarely had to Uber which was so nice.


Our main goals on this trip were to explore as much of the downtown area as we could, try yummy foods, and visit all the cute photo spots. Charleston isn't that big of a city so we were fully able to get everything done that we wanted to! Here is our three day itinerary that worked super well for us!!


Charleston Itinerary

Day 1

  • Flew in and Uber-ed to hotel ($21 and 25 min ride)

  • Walked over to City Market and explored

  • Walked to Poogan's Porch for lunch reservation at 12:30pm

  • Walked to the Battery, saw Outer Banks filming locations here, and took photos

  • Walked back to the hotel and freshened up for dinner

  • Walked to dinner at Frannie and the Fox at 5:30pm

  • Rode in a pedal bike down to the Battery for sunset ($7 each and so fun)

  • Walked to Carmella's Cafe and Dessert Bar and brought back our dessert to the room


Day 2

  • Woke up at 8ish

  • Walked to Bitty and Beau's coffee shop next to our hotel

  • Walked to Pineapple Fountain for photos

  • Walked up Broad Street (for the vibe) on the way to breakfast

  • Went in a few shops while waiting for our table on King Street

  • Millers All Day for breakfast

  • Uber-ed to Boone Hall Plantation ($25 and 30 min ride)

  • Explored Boone Hall Plantation for two hours ish- toured the mansion, gardens, wagon ride through the farm (ticket is $30 each)

  • Uber-ed to Rainbow Row back in Charleston ($25 and 30 min ride)

  • Photos at Rainbow Row and around the neighborhood

  • Walked back to the hotel to change for dinner

  • Walked to dinner around the corner

  • Union and Church for dinner

  • Charleston Candy Kitchen for dessert (truffles and chocolate covered pretzels etc)

  • Byrd's Famous Cookies for some cookies to bring home

  • Walked back to our hotel and ate our dessert in the room


Day 3

  • Woke up at 6am for an early morning walk to watch the sunrise at the Battery

  • Walked back to the hotel after, got ready, packed our bags, and checked out

  • Walked to get Callie's Hot Little Biscuit breakfast sandwiches

  • Walked up Meeting Street to explore a bit more

  • Walked to La Patisserie for coffee and treats

  • Shopped on King Street for the morning/early afternoon

  • Took photos along King Street as we passed cute spots

  • Walked to corner of Broad and Meeting for a photo

  • Late lunch at Poogan's Porch again for lots of appetizers

  • Photos at the Mills House (across the street from Poogans Porch)

  • Walked back to our hotel, grabbed our bags and called the Uber at 3:30


My Food Recs:

We absolutely loved all of the places we ate at! Poogan's Porch was highly recommended and I can see why. The french toast, mac n cheese, cheese fritters, she-crab soup were all sooo yummy. Dinner at Frannie and the Fox was such a vibe and the pizza and today's mozzarella were DELISH. Miller's All Day was AMAZING. So cute inside and had some of the best waffles I've ever had. Church and Union was surprisingly so good too. I got gnocchi's and my mom got the ravioli and both were incredible. The iced chai at Bitty and Beau's and La Patisserie was super yummy and would highly recommend both! La Patisserie is adorable inside so that one is my number one for sure :)



My Fav Photo Spots:
  • Rainbow Row

  • Pineapple Fountain

  • Battery

  • Mills House

  • Boone Hall Plantation road


Other Recs from Instagram Followers:

Food

  • 167 Raw

  • Leon's

  • Five Church

  • Early Bird Diner

  • Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe

  • Caviar and Bananas

  • Brown Dog Deli

  • Fleet Landing

  • High Cotton

  • Lewis BBQ

Beaches

  • Isle of Palms

  • Folly Beach

Other

  • Ghost Tour

  • Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

  • Magnolia Plantation

  • Food Tour


If you're planning a trip to Charleston, I hope this post was helpful! Check out my Charleston guide on my Instagram profile for some more photo inspiration and other content from my trip! Thanks for stopping by :)


See ya real soon,

Danielle