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    How to Spend 72 Hours in Charleston


Make the Most of Your Stay at The Ryder Hotel

Only have a weekend to spend in Charleston? Get a feel for the city in just 72 hours with our guide to making the most of your quick trip. From historical tours to a day at the beach, experience the best things to do in Charleston from The Ryder Hotel.

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Day 1:

Guided Tours, City Market, & Waterfront Park

On your first day in Charleston, get to know the city through one of the many local tours offered. Whether by carriage, bus, or walking, explore the best of the town on your first morning in Charleston. Some notable sights to see during your tour include “Rainbow Row”—a series of thirteen historic and colorful houses—and White Point Garden, a former defense artillery that now lives as a public park.

Next up, stop by the popular City Market. Here you’ll find a variety of goods, like homemade eats, home decor, and antiques. Other highlights to include on your first day exploration include the French Quarter District and Waterfront Park, home to the famous Pineapple Fountain and swings that overlook Charleston Harbor.

End your first day in Charleston with one of the many delicious restaurants near our hotel, like the Charleston Grill or Husk.

The naval museum in Charleston

Day 2:

Plantations & Charles Towne Landing

Fill your second day in Charleston learning about the culture and contributions of the Gullah people. Hop on the air-conditioned bus with Gullah Tours and explore the mysterious, multi-faceted history of early Black Charlestonians that were part of the slave trade. Gullah descendant Alphonso Brown will tour you around the city to show you key sites while offering interesting, insightful narration.

After your Gullah tour, visit Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. This aircraft carrier-turned-museum has dozens of decks to explore, including the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, plus it’s a short boat ride from here to Fort Sumter.

Wind down after a full day with dinner on Shem Creek, where you can enjoy the freshest local seafood. Local favorite spots include Water’s Edge and Shem Creek Bar & Grill.

The pier at Folly Beach

Day 3:

Beaches & Outdoor Activities

On your last day in Charleston, soak up some sun with a day out on the beach. From our hotel, you’ll have easy access to some of the best beaches in town, like Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, and Kiawah Island. During your visit to one of these local beaches, get out of the water with everything from paddle boarding and jet skiing, to kayaking and sailing.

Spend your final night in town with the delectable flavors cooked up at local beach restaurants, including The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island and Lost Dog Cafe on Folly Beach.

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