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Historically and culturally rich, Charleston offers a bundle of excitement everywhere you go. Explore the beauty of Charleston below.

Discovering Charleston: Weather

Don't let the weather get in the way of your perfect Charleston adventure. Get current weather conditions and plan ahead.

Discovering Charleston: Restaurants & Dining

Satisfy your southern appetite in Charleston

Restaurants in Charleston

During your historic escapade, Charleston promises to deliver delicious meals at various restaurants across town. You'll soon discover culinary treats that range from famous, local seafood to award-winning 5-course meals.

Offering dining on the intracoastal waterway, the Charleston Crab House will give you all the crab you crave, including their famous crab puppies. Still looking for that seafood dining experience but travelling with family? Visit the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company made famous by Forrest Gump, for a treat the whole family can enjoy.

Historic downtown Charleston has many fine dining options. Stop by Circa 1886, a dining establishment heavily influenced by the town's historical charm. At Tristan's, be presented with exotic dishes made with only the finest ingredients.

A trip around the world in historic Charleston

Browse our suggested list of Charleston dining experiences and see where your hunger will lead you.

American Dining

From the culinary creations of Chef Graham Dailey at the Peninsula Grill to the sophisticated cuisine of Halls Chophouse presented by Chef Matthew Niessner, be prepared to sink your teeth into American culinary delights.

Southern Dining

Walk through the doors of Circa 1886 and you'll be wrapped in the aroma of history-influenced cuisine and a true Charleston dining experience. Discover more taste-bud pleasers at other Southern dining establishments.

Contemporary/ American Dining

Savour Carolina's exquisite, contemporary touch to Lowcountry cuisine. The smell of hearty and southern aroma at High Cotton and other contemporary restaurants is enough to keep your mouth watering.

Lowcountry Dining

Authentic Lowcountry cuisine reflects the heart and soul of Charleston. When you take a bite out of one of these uniquely prepared meals, you'll be taking a bite out of Charleston's past. Pair it up with wine and you'll have yourself a great Charleston dining experience.

Seafood Dining

Enjoy spectacular sunset views as you wait for your freshly prepared main course of seafood at the Boathouse at Breach Inlet. Experience Chef Frank McHahon's culinary creativity when it comes to seafood platters, sprinkled with Charleston flare when you drop by Hank's Seafood Restaurant.

Other Dining Experiences

At Mercato find yourself transported to the ambiance of Little Italy from the historic City Market. Or enjoy one of the three best French bistros in North America at Perig Goulet's La Fourchette on Upper King. Wherever your hunger takes you, you'll find a Charleston restaurant that will tantalize your taste buds.

Casual Family Dining

After a fun day, sometimes it's nice to find a casual dining where the food is great and the ambiance is as relaxed as you.

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Discovering Charleston: Maps & Directions

Get directions and find your way to a southern adventure

Charleston, the largest city in South Carolina, is located south of South Carolina's coast line, at the junction of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.

Latitude: 32.605398
Longitude: -80.094624

Charleston is accessible by car with I-26 and connects with the following highways from the north

I-26 I-85 I-77 I-20 I-40 I-95

US Highway 17 is a coastal north-south route that runs through Charleston and connects with I-95 from the south.

Getting to Charleston from the Charleston International Airport

  • Head west on International Blvd
  • Turn left on W. Montague Ave
  • Take I-26 E ramp, continue towards I-26E and merge onto I-26E
  • Take exit 221A for US-17 S toward Savannah
  • Keep left, follow signs for King St.
  • Turn left at Sheppard St
  • Turn right at King St / US-78

Discovering Charleston: Fishing & Charters

Have a “reel” good time in Charleston, South Carolina

Fishing in Charleston

Whether you’re looking for a perfect cast or a unique yachting experience, a Charleston fishing excursion has something for everyone. Alongside Charleston’s best inshore and offshore fishing guides, you’ll enjoy a day full of breathtaking ocean scenery while targeting red drum, speckled trout and flounder. For a little sight-seeing, hop aboard a yacht and indulge in a one-of-a-kind dining experience with superb views.

Lure in a unique and memorable South Carolina fishing experience

When planning a trip to Charleston, don’t forget to include a fishing excursion. The South Carolina town and the surrounding waters offer you plenty of areas to fish such as rivers, bays, harbors, and creeks. Aboard a fishing boat, share fishing stories with qualified guides as you pursue schools of RedFish. From fly fishing to light tackle fishing, discover all types of fishing available through many fishing companies.

During the warmer months, expect to see jetties, sharks, speckle trout and other spectacular ocean species. Trout and red fish are commonly discovered as the cooler months roll by. All fishing vessels are equipped with fishing gear, bait tackle, ice, and of course, a license. Get ready to spend an unforgettable day out on the water!

Not intrigued with the sport of fishing? Catch a historic tour of Charleston Harbor, or charter a boat for the day.

Charleston Boat Charters; Discover the past from the waters

While aboard a boat charter, get a close-up view of historic sites, such as, Fort Sumter, the Island Fort where the first shots of the Civil War were blasted and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, a survivor of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Journey through Charleston waterways and watch dolphins skimming the surface of the water and pelicans diving for food.

Explore the back waters of the Isle of Palms and discover Morris Island which is only accessible by boat. As part of an eco-tour, learn more on crabbing and shelling. Toward the end of your tour, watch the sun disappear in the horizon, producing ribbons of colors in the skyline. A stunning sunset is the perfect way to end a day spent on the waters.

There are many more Charleston charters available to you that include personalized, private tours and fine dining aboard a yacht. Set your sights on the water and see where it may take you.

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