Voted the #1 City in the US by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for five consecutive years, Charleston is a top destination for travelers right now. With dozens of top-notch restaurants, an abundance of local breweries, beautiful beaches, and tons of historic sites, it’s no wonder people are flocking to the Holy City. Read on to learn more about our favorite things to do in Charleston, SC
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The Top 4 Things to Do in Charleston, SC

Marvel at the One-of-a-Kind Architecture

Charleston is home to a very specific style of architecture. Ranging in influence from Colonial and Classic Revival to Georgian and Gothic Revival, the properties each have their own style while often sharing several characteristics. Bright, pastel colors and double porches extending from the structure are two dominant features of Charleston-style homes as seen with Hotel Bella Grace’s
Delaney House.

Rainbow Row Charleston, South Carolina
One of the houses on Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina.

While visiting the city, be sure to stroll past Rainbow Row on East Bay Street to witness the longest series of Georgian row houses in the country. Easily one of the most photographed places in Charleston, these 13 colorful homes are a unique sight. Continue down East Bay towards the water, and you will soon run into the tip of the peninsula, known as the Battery. Here, you’ll see magnificent mansions overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Immerse Yourself in the Unique Lowcountry Landscape

Surrounded by serene marshlands and deep blue waterways, Charleston boasts a beautiful, yet very flat, landscape. While visiting the Holy City, there are dozens of excellent places to take in the scenery. Stay downtown and spend some time in the many parks like Waterfront Park, Marion Square, White Point Gardens, or Hampton Park.

Folly Beach
From the end of Folly Beach, you can see the beautiful, old Morris Island Lighthouse.

If you’re looking to spend the day lounging on the sandy shores of Charleston, you’ll have to head to nearby Folly Beach
on James Island or one of the two beaches in Mount Pleasant—Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. Covering several miles of sand, Folly Beach is known for its laid-back, bohemian vibe and is the go-to place for surfers. Sullivan’s Island features
a beautiful lighthouse and top restaurants like The Obstinate Daughter and Poe’s Tavern. Isle of Palms is the furthest from downtown but possesses a strong family vibe.

 

 

Relive History

History buffs will find plenty of things to do in Charleston, SC, as the city was very involved in the Civil War. Legend says that the first shots of the war were fired at The Battery by cadets from the Citadel military academy. With so much history to explore, it may be difficult to see everything, but a tour of Fort Sumter should make the top of your list. You can also explore the Old Slave Mart on Chalmers Street, one of the few remaining cobblestone roads, or drive over to Patriot’s Point to explore this aircraft carrier and witness dozens of warplanes.

 

The remains of Fort Sumter off the coast of Charleston

 

Let Your Taste Buds Experiment with Southern Cuisine

charleston culinary scene
Charleston is home to an eclectic culinary scene.

Famous for its culinary scene, Charleston is brimming with outstanding restaurants. When visiting the Holy City, you will never run out of great places to dine from fancy sit-down establishments to traveling food trucks. Be sure to taste Southern specialties like shrimp and grits or fried green tomatoes. But, don’t ignore the global influences at unique restaurants like CO, which serves Vietnamese food, or the French-inspired Chez Nous.

Your Vacation is Waiting at Hotel Bella Grace

Our brand-new Hotel Bella Grace opening in June 2018 is located in the heart of downtown Charleston on Calhoun Street. From this convenient location, our guests will have easy access to the best things to do in Charleston, SC, while surrounded by a neighborhood steeped in culture and history.

Calhoun Lounge

Browse our complete catalog of available rooms and suites to learn more about the property and start planning your getaway today!