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Getaway Guide: Weekend Road Trip to Charleston, SC

For a vision of some of America's most preserved historical and architectural treasures, a getaway to Charleston, S.C. is the perfect place. Charleston played a huge role in American history, but it's also a focal point for those interested in art and refined behavior. Named America's most mannerly city, expect to leave here feeling nothing like a tourist and everything like a pampered, worldly American.

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You can drive or catch a flight to Charleston. Many airlines offer daily flights at multiple times including both Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Driving will take you around 300 miles to this South Carolina historical destination. To get there, take I-20 east toward Columbia. Take exit 58 onto US-1 then onto I-26 east via the ramp. When you arrive at exit 221B, exit onto Meeting Street and you have arrived in Charleston, S.C.

What to Do:

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Old South Carriage Company
14 Anson St.
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-9712

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The perfect Charleston experience simply must include a carriage tour. You will be greeted by your guide in a Confederate uniform, ready and waiting to provide historical facts with a side of humor as you explore the city. Be sure to ask someone to take your photo as you ride in one of its beautiful English-style carriages for memories you and your travel companions will keep for years to come.

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Charleston Pirate Tours
Powder Magazine Museum
79 Cumberland St.
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 442-7299

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Enjoy tales from a master pirate storyteller, Eric Lavender as he and his parrot open up the world of pirates. This one is great whether you brought kids or just are one at heart. Choose from The Original Charleston Pirate Tour, The P.M. Pirate Prowl or The Quartermaster Tour. Your tour guides are some of the best in town; one of them wrote the City of Charleston's Tour Guide Training Manual.


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1837 Bed and Breakfast
126 Wentworth St.
Charleston, SC 29401
(877) 723 1837

Price: from $125

For a true bed and breakfast experience while in Charleston, The 1837 Bed and Breakfast is your best bet. As an ideal place to rest your head, it provides wonderful hospitality, service and breakfast, of course. It's perfectly situated for a quick walk to all the city of Charleston has to offer. Parking is first come, first served, so be prepared to park on the street if you arrive late in the day.

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The Inn at Middleton Place
4290 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
(800) 543-4774

Price: from $116

The Inn at Middleton Place is a National Historical Landmark, so a stay here is kind of like a night in a museum — a really cozy, fresh-feeling museum. This most unique accommodation is secluded by live oaks and tall pines as it was more than 200 years ago as a rice plantation. Take advantage of the pampered pet package, which includes an eco-friendly water bowl, toys, snacks and a handmade ceramic pet dish. This package also includes a discount of 10% when you book two or more nights, Healthy Start Breakfast for two each morning, admission to Middleton Place, Middleton Gardens, Middleton House Museum, and Middleton Plantation Stable Yard. All activities are included with your stay. Activities include horseback riding, kayaking, bird watching and a garden tour.

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The Kiawah Island Resort
One Sanctuary Beach Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
(800) 576-1570

Price: from $495

Turn your trip into a beach vacation and spend a few days on one of Charleston's beaches. Kiawah Island is just 20 miles from the bustle of the city. Retreat to a luxurious relaxing coastline, where you may still find adventure with water sports, sand dunes and wildlife. The soothing locale of The Kiawah Island Resort includes 10 miles of immaculate beach. Charleston is only 21 miles from Kaiwah Island, so staying here is a no-brainer. If you are a golf, tennis, beach or spa lover, then The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the place for you.

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McCrady's Restaurant
2 Unity Alley

Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0025

Dine with a side of history at McCrady's, a registered historic landmark. Chef Sean Brock is a James Beard Best Chef award winner and serves the best new southern cuisine in the Southeast. Restaurant specialties include pre-prohibition cocktails to further enhance your historical dining experience and add a little extra umph to a day out in exciting, historic Charleston.

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The Peninsula Grill
The Planters Inn
112 N. Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0700

Dine in the dining room, on the patio or in the Peninsula Grill's private dining room in the Planters Inn. Executive Chef Graham Daily has earned recognition for his skills in print and in his guests' exclamations of delight. Be sure to have the seafood here, and visit the Champagne Bar for bubbles galore.

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Ava Roxanne Stritt is a travel writer and blogger from Atlanta with more than 20,000 Twitter followers. She is a luxury hospitality, spa and skincare industry consultant, as well as a writer, financial analyst, and a wife and mother. Her work can be found at

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