Charleston has one of the most attractive historic districts in the United States. We suggest hitting the area early before the crowds hit, creating your own route weaving in and out of the streets, lined with historic registered homes and important sites. It’s hard to map a specific route without a lot of complicated directions…pick up a map of the downtown area. Generally, stay south of Calhoun and the truly historic section is south of Broad St. to the water. A few route suggestions:
Waterfront and South of Broad: We’ve mapped a 4-mile perimeter loop, starting at White Point Gardens, a great stretch along Waterfront Park and the Battery, East Bay St. inland to Calhoun St., and then the western side of the Peninsula.Use this as an outline to also explore some of the residential streets, especially the gorgeous homes and oak-lined streets in the South of Broad district, between Broad St. and The Battery. Additional wonderful downtown streets to explore are King St. (lots of stores), Queen St., Charles St., Chalmers St., Church St. It’s all laid out in a nice grid pattern.
Straight Shot Lake Route. For an easy-to-follow 2.6-miler on beautiful streets, start at the Pineapple Fountain and take Queen St. for nearly 1 mile to Colonial Lake, do a 1/2 mile loop around the lakefront path, and return on Tradd St.
Note: Charleston’s downtown streets are lovely but can get crowded. We suggest going early.