Holiday itinerary for Charleston, SC

A holiday guide to must-see attractions, restaurants, and shows for out-of-town guests in Charleston, SC.


The architecture of the Gibbes Museum is an attraction of its own. | Photo by CHStoday

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The holidays are almost here and if youre hosting out-of-town guests, it’s time to step into the role of “Charleston’s official tour guide.” We’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors and show your folks around like a total pro.

🏙️ Sightseeing

Is it even a trip to Charleston without seeing the Gibbes Museum? You can also take your visitors to Cypress Gardens for the perfect holiday family photo. And if there are any history buffs in the group, head to the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.

🥘 Eat and drink

If your guests need a caffeine pick-me-up, Mercantile & Mash and Second State Coffee are sure to offer something for everyone. If you’re looking for a different kind of brew, the Holy City is home to tons of breweries, including local hot spots Edmund’s Oast and Revelry Brewing Co.

Get ready to get your grub on because we’ve got plenty of articles to help you navigate the local food scene. You can’t miss this guide to 30 great brunch restaurants for your out-of-town crew. Our personal picks include brunch at Church & Union and dinner at 167 Raw.

dock street theatre stage

Catch a show at Dock Street Theatre. | Photo by @shaughntillman

🎳 Activities

Temps this time of year can get a bit chilly, so spend a day inside exploring one of these venues to stay warm. Charleston also boasts an excellent theater scene. Check out the upcoming productions at Dock Street Theatre. And if you’ve got any fish fans in the group, check out the South Carolina Aquarium.


We’re loving this bright and airy bedroom in the first-floor unit.

Photo via VRBO

🛏️ Stay

If your visitors aren’t planning to crash with you, here are some places to stay:

Mid-1700s Kitchen House, French Quarter

This 1,000-sqft Carriage House offers two separate bedrooms each with windows overlooking the gardens and courtyard.

Bright Apartment in Historic Downtown, Cannonborough / Elliotborough

Enjoy a sunlit first-floor, recently-remodeled unit just walking distance from King Street. Parking is included.

The fun doesn’t stop there… Be sure to send your visitors the link to our events page in advance to get a feel for what they’ll want to see and do while in town.