An Instagrammer’s Dream Guide to Charleston

An Instagrammer’s Dream Guide to Charleston

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Charleston is an Instagrammer’s dream! Scroll on to discover how to spend 24 photo-worthy hours in the Lowcountry.


Rise and shine! Start your day with a sunrise stroll on Folly Beach. Breathe in the salty air while reveling in the sounds of the crashing waves and admiring the hues of the sherbet-colored sky above.

Early mornings call for fuel! Head to Butcher & Bee for your morning espresso or a refreshing Garden Party cold-pressed juice. A few of our favorite picture-worthy plates? The Whipped Ricotta Toast with honey and cinnamon, Morning Hummus with poached egg, chickpeas and pita and the Vanilla Greek Yogurt with house-made granola and seasonal fruit.

Say hello to one of our favorite four-legged friends during a carriage ride with Old South Carriage Co. During this one-hour tour of charming Charleston, you’ll clip clop your way past beautiful antebellum mansions, creatively designed wrought-iron gates, manicured gardens and the iconic Rainbow Row. Make sure you’re camera ready!


It’s time to shop ‘til you drop (hey, just blame it on the Insta). From the candle library wall at Candlefish to The Port Mercantile’s trendy décor to the intricately weaved sweetgrass baskets at the Charleston City Market, the photo ops are endless, let alone the opportunities for a suitcase bursting with unique and special souvenirs.

Head to The Park Cafe to refuel with farm-to-fork, energizing house favorites including Avocado Toast, Shredded Kale Salad with Shrimp and Farm Egg Vegetable Soup.

One of the best ways to #ExploreCharleston is on two wheels. Rent a cruiser from Affordabike and pedal your way to the College of Charleston, Philadelphia Alley and quaint and quiet streets including Tradd and Church for window box scenes, flickering copper carriage lanterns, blooming florals and creeping ivy covering candy-colored residences.


Next stop: Waterfront Park (aka Instagram gold!). Watch the sun begin to set over the water from the nearby dock, relax your feet on one of the park’s swings and snap a pic of the iconic Pineapple Fountain. Bonus points if you can catch one of our friendly flippered friends swimming nearby for your Insta Story!

Head to The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue for pre-dinner, innovative craft cocktails and a stunning view of the Charleston Harbor. We’re partial to the Strawberry Basil Lemonade and Takes Two to Mango cocktails that coordinate with the orange and pink hues of the Holy City skyline at sunset.

You simply can’t go wrong with dinner reservations at Circa 1886, FIG or Peninsula Grill for both cuisine and ambience that beg to be captured on film. Your biggest challenge of the day? Waiting to take a bite of your heavenly Ultimate Coconut Cake until you style it for Insta!

Searching for more swoon-worthy sites? Discover Bulldog Tours’ top 5 photo-op spots in Charleston.

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