Why You Should Visit Charleston During Your Myrtle Beach Vacation? Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Broadway at the Beach. Southern charm. These are just a sprinkling of reasons you’ve planned your vacation to Myrtle Beach.
This tourist-centered hub attracts 19 million visitors each year, and rightfully so. What kid (or adult) wouldn’t want to meet a real mermaid at the Seafood House or cheer for their favorite knight at Medieval Times?
Perhaps one of the biggest attractions Myrtle Beach offers is its proximity to Charleston. A little-known fact? You have the opportunity to spend one of your relaxing sunny vacation days in a fun-packed all-inclusive trip to Charleston and be back before dinner. Now here’s how Charleston Tours and Events can maximize your Myrtle Beach vacation—by Visiting Charleston for a Day.
Charleston Adventures in a Day
With Charleston Adventures’ Day Trip, your morning will start bright and early so you have as much time here as possible, which is just a two-hour stone’s throw away in our modernized, tech-equipped motor-coach. And as comfortable as our clean, large-windowed bus is (for some unbeatable views) and as knowledgeable the driver at the wheel is, our aim is to minimize the duration of sitting on the bus and maximize hours exploring Charleston. So, with that in mind, our itinerary is as streamlined as the sweetgrass basket making process you’ll spot at the City Market.
Be sure to bring along a bag to carry home all the loot you’ll bring back. Our local artisans craft that perfect Christmas gift and our kiosk by the historic harbor tour sells all the classic souvenirs you could ever want.
Your day kicks off at 7:00 AM. Our motor-coach promptly departs from the Coastal Grand Mall by Dillard’s to ensure you arrive in Charleston in efficiency, comfort, and style. Enjoy some of the most breathtaking examples of manmade and natural scenery the United States has to offer as you begin your journey.
At around 8:30 AM you can expect a quick stop at the Mount Pleasant Visitor Center for a restroom break. If you have a bit of time and a camera, the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park is right there and offers the best views of the Ravenel Bridge in the city.
When 9:00 AM finally comes, so does the main event. Once you’ve crossed over the Ravenel Bridge onto the peninsula, you know you’ve made it downtown; time to carpe diem the Charlestonian way.
9:30 AM involves an optional carriage tour via Palmetto Carriage Works for an additional charge, which allows you to leisurely take in the sights of historic downtown Charleston aboard a horse-drawn carriage while a licensed tour guide narrates the scenery. If you opt out of this tour, you’ll have even more time to peruse the City Market! Have you stopped by Café Framboise yet?
Be ready to hop onto the next leg of the day trip by 11:15 AM, when our motorcoach carries you off to your historic harbor tour. Just a quick ride through the heart of one of the oldest cities in America and you’re there!
The Carolina Belle departs from the Maritime Center promptly at 11:30 AM for your 90-minute historic tour of the Charleston harbor. You’ve likely worked up an appetite by now, so enjoy the deluxe boxed lunch included in the day trip combo! If you’d like some additional snacks or even a cool, refreshing brew, stop by the Belle’s snack bar.
The harbor tour docks at 1:00 PM, which is just halfway through your day’s adventure. The next stop is Boone Hall Plantation. Climb onto the bus for just a short trip north to Mount Pleasant and prepare to walk through the fabric of history itself.
1:30 PM is your expected arrival time at Boone Hall. Witness the duality of beautiful scenery built through unfathomable cruelty and learn about the Gullah culture that thrived among the enslaved people regardless of these conditions. Tour both the main house and the slave cabins, take a tractor tour of the grounds, and see the preservation efforts of historians constantly ongoing.
You’ll head back to Myrtle Beach around 3:45 PM. By now you’re ready for a nap at your beachside resort, a dip in the pool to relax your body from all the excitement, and if you’re a Myrtle local, you feel about ready for happy hour at the King Street Grille at the Market Common. The bus’s plush seating and climate-controlled cabin sure come in handy right now.
The bus should pull back up to the Coastal Grand Mall at 5:30 PM. You’ll have to agree now that spending a day of your vacation going to Charleston from Myrtle Beach was well worth it.
What are you waiting for?
Every Tuesday and Thursday you can join us on this comprehensive combo tour of Charleston for an unbeatable price—and the tour itself isn’t too shabby, either. If you’re around the Myrtle Beach area, stop by and wave hello to your neighbors in Charleston! We’re happy to have you.