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You already know and love Palmetto Bluff for the world class amenities and unique adventure opportunities that are accessible to members. Yet another asset that makes Palmetto Bluff so desirable is its fabulous location, which provides the perfect starting point for a day trip to other picturesque coastal communities. With Palmetto Bluff as home base, you can drive 40 minutes and find yourself beneath Savannah’s moss-covered oak trees, hop on a quick 30-minute boat ride to Daufuskie Island, or make a two-hour trip to spend the day in Charleston.

If you’re drawn to idyllic coastal towns with an abundance of scenic views and things to do, consider spending a day in Charleston. For such a noteworthy destination, this alluring city maintains an approachable, small town Southern feel—yet offers countless opportunities for exploring, dining, and shopping. Charleston has something for everyone: history buffs, foodies, architecture lovers, beachgoers, and more. Check out our list of must-do activities when planning a day trip from Palmetto Bluff to Charleston!

Explore the French Quarter

This historic Charleston neighborhood provides the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll. There’s no better way to take in the beauty of the area’s famed churches and art galleries, which just so happen to be perfectly framed by palm trees.

Wandering without a plan is always a fine option, especially with so much fabulous architecture to enjoy. If you’re the photo taking sort, though, be sure to schedule a stop at the Dock Street Theatre, Saint Philip’s Anglican Church, and the Old Exchange.

While you’re in the area, swing by the Charleston City Market with over 300 local vendors. Here you’ll find a curated collection of artisan and culinary works. Take time to get to know the entrepreneur behind the work for the full Charleston experience.

Walk Along Waterfront Park

You can’t go to Charleston without admiring the water! The Waterfront Park puts you right by the harbor to take in iconic East Coast views. This park is in the French Quarter, so it’s a great site to tag on to your time in the area. The picture-perfect Pineapple Fountain is a sight to see with its elaborate design and welcoming waters. And good news for kids – you can even play in the water here!

See the Insta-Famous Rainbow Row

One of the most photographed places in Charleston, this row of 13 pastel-colored homes is a fan favorite among visitors. The Georgian style homes are known for their colorful charm, but their history is yet another draw to the area. According to the official Charleston website, each home was occupied by merchants in the 1800s who would make their residence on the top floor and run their business on the ground floor. As to why these homes were painted pastel, there are competing theories that involve drunk sailors, cooling properties, and everything in between. Whatever the reason for the palette, we highly recommend checking out these homes for yourself.

Dive Into Charleston’s History

A critical port for North America since its establishment in 1670, Charleston’s roots run deep. For an extensive history, the Historic Charleston website is your friend! Thanks to careful preservation, a visit to Charleston enables you to enjoy a historic atmosphere without setting foot in a museum. However, there are a few historic sites that are especially educational in the town’s story, from becoming a major trade center to its dark past with slavery.

The Charleston Museum provides an expansive history and prides itself as America’s first museum. If history is a priority for you, you may enjoy taking a ferry to Fort Sumter, where Confederate troops fired the first shots of the Civil War. The man-made island is teeming with history, but it may not be your first choice if you only have a day in the city.

Savor Lowcountry Cuisine

Charleston boasts a flavorful and diverse food scene. Whether or not you’re from the South, dive into the culture and enjoy a Lowcountry meal. There are countless choices for Southern style restaurants, but a few we recommend are Magnolias, Cru Cafe, and Poogan’s Porch. You can’t go wrong with shrimp and grits, fried chicken, or anything with lots of butter!

Enjoy a Carriage Ride

Revel in Charleston’s charm in style! Taking a horse-drawn carriage is the best way to see more of the city. Your guide will educate you on facts you may not otherwise discover, so a carriage ride is a two-for-one kind of deal. Palmetto Carriage Works and Old South Carriage Company are recognized for their extensive knowledge and tour quality, and you can visit each of their websites to book your tour today.

Don’t Miss Out

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Charleston combines a well-preserved history with a modern twist. A road trip from Palmetto Bluff to the Holy City is well worth your time. Ready to explore more? Check out these nearby spots: Savannah, Tybee Island, Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Bluffton, and Sullivan’s Island.