14 days in Charleston & Columbia Itinerary

14 days in Charleston & Columbia Itinerary

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14 days in Charleston & Columbia Itinerary

Start: Charleston
1
Charleston
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Columbia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Charleston

10
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Change things up with these side-trips from Charleston: The Center for Birds of Prey (in Awendaw), Charleston Tea Plantation (in Wadmalaw Island) and Beaufort (Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park & Hunting Island State Park). The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, snap pictures at Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and make a trip to Riley Waterfront Park.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Charleston trip itinerary planner .

In December, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, Charleston Tea Plantation, Angel Oak Tree, The Center for Birds of Prey
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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Walking tours
Middleton Place ©
Middleton Place

3
nights
Columbia

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at South Carolina State House, then stroll through Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Catholic Church, then make a trip to Aiken Center for the Arts, and then take a peaceful walk through Hitchcock Woods.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Columbia trip builder website .

Getting from Charleston to Columbia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Columbia are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Aiken
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Room Escape Games
Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
Hitchcock Woods ©
Hitchcock Woods

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