When you visit a new place, taking some time to explore neighboring sights and destinations can make for an even more exciting experience. Charleston’s Islands in South Carolina not only offer gorgeous beaches and easy access to one of America’s most historic cities, but they also put you in a great position for taking these three Charleston day trips:
Take a Trip to Idyllic Times at Drayton Hall
To learn from the past, you need to explore it. Charleston is home to several historic plantation sites, three of which are located along the Ashley River. You can spend the whole day at one to immerse yourself in a single time period, or you can visit representations of multiple eras. Drayton Hall was built in 1738 and is the only preserved plantation home in the Charleston area. Magnolia Plantation, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, is now home to a large-scale, Romantic-style garden, a restored home, a petting zoo, and nature and swamp tours. Nearby, Middleton Place is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. These gardens were modeled after the traditional English-style gardens that focus on the beauty of symmetry. You can also visit the remaining segment of the restored home there to learn more about the Middleton family. Steeped in Lowcountry history, these day trips from Charleston give insight into South Carolina’s past.
Tour Historic Beaufort
Head down 17 South to discover the beauty of the Ace Basin. On your way to Historic Beaufort, be sure to take a quick detour to Yemassee to check out the Old Sheldon Church ruins. This stop is a photographer’s dream, with ruins among live oak trees covered in Spanish moss. Once in Beaufort, spend the day exploring. Tucked away on one of the Lowcountry’s Sea Islands, this small town is full of southern charm. Visit historic Civil War-era homes and churches. There is even a movie tour where you can see where some of your favorite Southern-set movies were filmed.
Visit Savannah, Georgia
Two hours to the south, you’ll find the historic, antebellum city of Savannah, Georgia with its emerald tree canopies and cobblestone streets. Stroll along River Street for waterfront dining and shopping. A few blocks up from the river, you’ll find the City Market, which is home to specialty shops, art galleries and cafes. While you’re in for the day, be sure to sign up for one of the area’s tours. See the city from the water with a harbor cruise, or join in on a trolley or walking tour to learn all about its coastal history.
Start planning your time in the Lowcountry by finding a vacation rental home on Charleston’s Islands.