Located just a few miles north of downtown Charleston, North Charleston is a vibrant city you'll want to experience. This eclectic city is home to the Charleston International Airport, and closely situated to key outlying stops on a Charleston adventure like Mount Pleasant, Sullivan's Island, and Summerville. Three days will just barely scratch the surface of a tour de North Charleston, so here are a few recommendations to make the most of your time.
Meet your home for the coming days, the North Charleston Marriott, a new hotel on the scene and an ideal place to relax during a few jam-packed days. Its well-appointed guest rooms are sleek and modern, with luxurious bedding and spa-like bathrooms. The hotel offers lots of outdoor space, including a patio and pool.
Pop downstairs to grab a cocktail at the hotel bar, HC Provisions Coastal Fare and Crafted Tap. We suggest getting started with bourbon flight, or a draft beer from one of North Charleston's many breweries.
Each fall marks a new season for our hockey team, The Stingrays. Snatch tickets to a home game at the North Charleston Coliseum if your visit overlaps. The ice flips into a stage nearly every other night, welcoming some of the country's best acts in music, comedy, and theater. Keep your eyes on its schedule - an upcoming show might strike your fancy.
After getting acquainted with some of the city's nightlife, a full day of shopping, exploring, eating, and drinking awaits. Get ready for a mix of fresh air - and pack your walking shoes.
Make room in your suitcase for all the goodies you'll find on your North Charleston shopping excursion. Start at Northwoods Mall, one of the largest indoor shopping malls in the area, before returning closer to home base to peruse the selection at Tanger Outlets with big names like Nike, North Face, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Inside the former Charleston Naval Base lies a picturesque green space bordered by the Cooper River and Noisette Creek. Adjacent to the park are canopies of Live Oak trees and grand historic homes, once occupied by Naval officers. Other key features include a playground, dog park and Naval Base Memorial.
A tour and a tasting are definite musts at your next stop at Charleston's first micro distillery, Striped Pig. These North Charleston-distilled spirits range from rum and whiskey to vodka and gin. Find your favorite and a tote a bottle home to make vacation-inspired cocktails.
If you hadn't already worked up an appetite, the smells emanating from Jim N' Nicks BBQ will do the trick. Order a Carolina-style pulled pork sandwich with trimmings like mac & cheese and collards, and a basket of their signature cheese biscuits. Wash it down with a sweet tea or local beer, and grab a patio seat to reflect on today's adventures.
Your third day in North Charleston entails more opportunities to take in nature, history, great neighborhoods, and even better food and drink.
Take a Swing
See a different side of North Charleston while playing a few rounds at Wescott Golf Club. Players have a chance at three distinct nines and three different 18-hole layouts. End your experience with a happy hour at its bar and grill.
In 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history. But - soon after completing her mission, the Hunley vanished and remained lost at sea for over a century. She was found in 1995 and soon established a home in North Charleston waters, which now is a museum for history and military buffs.
This neighborhood is a gem tucked inside North Charleston. Stretch your legs with a few rounds of disc golf along the park's perimeter and stop by the Butterfly Garden. Stroll down East Montague Street for its mix of shops, restaurants, bakeries, watering holes, and coffee shops - some longtime staples, and some brand new.
This husband-and-wife-owned wine bar is cozy, charming, and (we bet) will be your new favorite spot. The wine selection here is plentiful, fun, and accessible for every palate and price point. Nosh on small plates from the kitchen, and if you're lucky, enjoy the occasional food truck pop-up for an added fun and delicious element.