As part of our city guides series, we interviewed Caroline Eubanks who visited Charleston, SC every year when she was younger and then moved there for university when she was 18. 

Caroline shares with us her insider travel tips on what to do in Charleston, South Carolina for those looking for the best places to see, eat, stay, drink, and explore. Take it away Caroline. 

Best places to Drink in Charleston, SC

Rooftop is on the roof of the Vendue Inn and has beautiful views of downtown Charleston. The cocktail list has Southern-influenced martinis, like the Charleston Sweetini. 

Where to Eat in Charleston, SC

Bowen’s Island Restaurant is a landmark in its own right and has served generations of patrons, even after a devastating fire in 2006 destroyed years of beloved graffiti on its walls. 

Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Charleston, SC

Across Marion Square from Lower King lies the Upper King Design District, which has a lot of up-and-coming restaurants, vintage boutiques and bookstores. 

What to Do in Charleston, SC

There are dozens of barrier islands and beaches surrounding Charleston, but Sullivan’s Island just happens to be my favorite. It is more family-oriented and has the small town atmosphere.

Why visit Charleston, South Carolina?

It’s the ideal combination of beach, city and country, with all three within fifteen minutes of each other, making it one of the best weekend getaways in the USA. It is included in our best USA road trips list!