5 Day Trips From Charleston That You Need to Take

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Charleston and experience the excitement of these idyllic destinations that neighbor the Holy City. If you’re looking for an added adventure on your next getaway, here are five day trips from Charleston that you definitely don’t want to miss. Before you hit the road, get instant access to all of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events by opening our free Destination guide. At the click of a button, the most sought-after features of the Holy City will be right in the palm of your hand!

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The Best Day Trips From Charleston

Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island sits right next to Charleston’s peninsula. But proximity isn’t the only thing that makes this a popular day trip from the Holy City. The natural beauty and quiet ambiance of Kiawah Island offer an escape that few coastal destinations measure up to. With stunning golf courses, day spas, and windswept beaches, Kiawah Island is the perfect place to unwind for a day, and it will only take you 30 minutes to get there!


If Charleston had a sister it would be Savannah. The twin cities share a lot in common, but Savannah offers it’s own unique history and set of thrills. Driving from Savannah to Charleston will only take you a couple of hours, so, if you want to see two of the South’s most iconic cities in just one trip, don’t leave this day trip out of your plans.

Hilton Head

Past the towering oak trees and hanging Spanish moss, the beauty and excitement of Hilton Head await. Full of delicious restaurants, stunning beaches, and miles of gorgeous biking trails, this is a day trip that is perfect for anyone. Whether you’re with the family or looking for a romantic getaway for two, Hilton Head has a lot to offer.


Beaufort is an incredible day trip for those that wish to marvel at the unique history of the Old South. The town played an integral part in the Civil War and features several important landmarks and a slew of incredible museums. You don’t want to miss the quaint charm and classic feel of this gem of the Carolina Sea Islands.

Wadmalaw Island

Wadmalaw Island is just a short drive from Charleston and features some exciting points of interest. For example, the Angel Oak Tree, Firefly Distillery, and the Charleston Tea Plantation are all on the island. You’ll never run out of things to do here!

Where to Stay in Charleston, SC

Presidential Suite interior viewAfter you’ve finished exploring, return to Hotel Bella Grace for a night of elegant relaxation. Our boutique hotel in downtown Charleston is right across from Marion Square, seconds away from all of Charleston’s most exciting attractions. Kiawah Island is a short drive away, making it the perfect day trip!

Our artfully decorated rooms offer the ideal blend of modern luxury and southern charm. For example, our Presidential Suite features expansive living areas, a 600-square-foot patio, and stunning views of Marion Square. Don’t settle for anything but the absolute best on your next getaway! Start planning your trip now! 

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