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How to Spend 2 Days in Charleston

How to Spend 2 Days in Charleston

Historic mansions, fragrant gardens, Low Country cuisine, and Southern charm—you’ll find it all in the Holy City. With two days to spend in Charleston, you’ll have time to explore the historic streets, tour antebellum mansions, and treat your tastebuds to local flavors. Read on for tips on how to spend your two days in Charleston.

Day 1: City Sightseeing

**Morning:**Start your day with an orientation in Charleston’s historic district the old-fashioned way, by horse-drawn carriage. As you clop along the cobbled streets, you’ll pass historic mansions, churches, and gardens while learning more about the city’s rich history (including its role in the Civil War).

**Afternoon:**Now that you’ve explored Charleston on land, it’s time to see the city from the water aboard a harbor cruise. As you sail through Charleston Harbor, beneath bridges, and along the Cooper River, keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins. Most tours offer narration on what you’re seeing. 

**Night:**After a day of sightseeing, treat your tastebuds to some hearty Low Country cuisine. Book a table at one of the many trendy restaurants in the Historic District, or join a local foodie for a food walking tour of Downtown Charleston or Upper King Street.

Day 2: Step Back in Time

**Morning:**Start your journey back in time with a morning visit to one of Charleston’s many historic antebellum plantations. ReliveGone with the Wind at Boone Hall, walk among the majestic oaks of Drayton Hall, stroll through the gardens of Magnolia Plantation, or learn about one of Charleston’s most influential families at Middleton Place.

**Afternoon:**The Civil War began in Charleston on the grounds of Fort Sumter, today a national monument accessible only by boat. Spend the afternoon exploring the historic site to learn more about Charleston’s key role in the Civil War. 

**Night:**Charleston has lived through its fare share of tragedy, and tonight is your chance to uncover its darker side during an evening ghost tour. Learn about the restless spirits of the old city, and walk the overgrown grounds of the notoriously haunted Unitarian Church Graveyard.

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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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Experience more than 300 years of history on this guided carriage tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches, and gardens as your horse-drawn carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston. Belgian and Percheron draft horses will you lead you through the streets while you learn about this “Holy City” and its role in the Civil War.
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  • 1 hour
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Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour

Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour

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Combine Charleston’s history with unique food samplings on this small-group culinary walking tour. Explore Charleston’s Old and Historic District, discovering the local landmarks and cuisine of locally owned and operated restaurants. Enjoy enough local favorites to make a meal for most visitors. All food tastings are included on this fantastic introduction to the ‘Holy City.’
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Magnolia Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston

Magnolia Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston

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Pickup and drop-off from downtown Charleston make it easy to tour Magnolia Plantation, one of the oldest plantations in the South. This 4-in-1 tour includes a narrated drive out to the plantation, a walking tour of the garden, tram tour through the property, and tour of the house itself, providing incredible value.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard

Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard

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Uncover Charleston’s darkest secrets on an evening ghost and cemetery tour. Stroll through the atmospheric heart of the old city while an entertaining local guide regales you with tales of the dark deeds, restless spirits and supernatural phenomena that make Charleston one of the most haunted cities in America. Get exclusive after-hour access to the famous Unitarian Church Graveyard, where an overgrown southern garden surrounds historic plots said to be haunted by wandering ghosts.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

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See the Charleston Harbor by boat with a leisurely sightseeing tour along the Cooper River to Fort Sumter National Monument. This fully-narrated tour focuses on Charleston history from Civil War sites to antebellum houses and landmarks, passes under Cooper River bridges, and explores a waterfront that’s home to bottlenose dolphins and pelicans.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Get all the thrills of a Charleston ghost tour without any walking on this haunted horse and carriage ride. A horse and carriage takes you down twisting side streets and cobbled alleyways with ease as your guide shares spooky stories from Charleston’s past. Make your way past the Mills House, the Circular Congregational Graveyard, and and Provost Dungeon in the heart of the Holy City.
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  • 40 minutes
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Middleton Place Tour & Lunch with Transportation from Charleston

Middleton Place Tour & Lunch with Transportation from Charleston

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Middleton Place is one of the most popular plantations in the Charleston area, but getting there can be tricky without a private car. This tour makes it easy by including transportation from downtown Charleston aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned van, plus a guided tour of the house upon arrival. A 3-course lunch is also included for a taste of Lowcountry cuisine.
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  • 5 hours
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Boone Hall Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston

Boone Hall Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston

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Visit Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens on this 4.5-hour tour from Charleston. One of the oldest working plantations in the United States, Boone Hall was founded in 1681 and still grows crops. During your tour led by a guide in period costume, you'll see the plantation's slave quarters and learn about its history and modern-day use. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. Enjoy a personalized experience on this small-group tour of just 15 people.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour

Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour

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Get to know Charleston through its food on this walking tour of Upper King Street. Meet with culinary innovators and learn about their edgy and creative styles that have turned this once off-the-beaten-path area into a lively destination for food lovers. Along the way, sample dishes at local restaurants and eateries.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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