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THE MOST PHOTO WORTHY SPOTS IN CHARLESTON

Growing up in the southern United States, Charleston, South Carolina has always held a special spot in my heart.  My life has changed a lot since my first time in the city, but Charleston has undoubtedly maintained the charm that I remembered. The cobble stone roads, beautifully restored houses, and tasty restaurants all make this city appealing to visitors. In fact, it was recently ranked the World’s Best City by Travel + Leisure. If you’re like me, you love to take pictures in the new cities that you visit. With this in mind, I’m going to be taking you through the most photo worthy spots in Charleston as well as hopefully inspiring you to visit sometime soon!

1. Rainbow Row

If you're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, these are the most beautiful photo spots that you shouldn't miss, including Rainbow Row.Rainbow Row is a line of colorful historic homes located on E Bay Street. While this is currently one of the most photographed places in Charleston, these houses were actually left in deteriorating conditions after the Civil War. We have a couple of Charlestonian women to thank for the preservation of the now pastel-colored homes. These ladies, including Susan Pringle Frost and Dorothy Haskell Porcher Legge, bought the houses and decided to paint them using a bright caribbean color scheme. In the present, Rainbow Row is full of green, pink, purple, blue, and yellow tones, making it one of the most photo worthy spots in Charleston.

If you're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, these are the most beautiful photo spots that you shouldn't miss, including Rainbow Row.2. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

If you're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, these are the most beautiful photo spots that you shouldn't miss, including Rainbow Row.Magnolia Plantation is located approximately a 30-minute drive from Charleston’s Historic District. Furthermore, it is the oldest plantation in the southern United States. Three different houses have been built on the land over time and the same family (the Draytons) still owns the land after 15 generations! The best part of visiting Magnolia Plantation is without a doubt the gardens. They are so beautiful that people have been drawn to the area as tourists since the 1870s. These romantic-style gardens are organized so that no matter the time of year you visit, you can always find flowers on the grounds. To see what flowers are currently blooming at Magnolia Plantation, click here.

If you're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, these are the most beautiful photo spots that you shouldn't miss, including Rainbow Row.

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3. Nathaniel Russell House

If you're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, these are the most beautiful photo spots that you shouldn't miss, including Rainbow Row.There are so many gorgeous historic homes in Charleston that it’s often hard to choose which to visit. Of the four homes that I toured, the Nathaniel Russell was by far my favorite. While most houses in the city were built in a similar fashion, the NR house was styled after a London townhouse. This causes it to stand out as different from any other construction in Charleston. Nathaniel Russell was extremely wealthy during his lifetime, so his house is anything but plain. Everything from the one-of-a-kind spiral staircase to the brightly-colored walls scream ostentatious. You can find more information here.

4. Edmondston-Alston House

If you're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, these are the most beautiful photo spots that you shouldn't miss, including Rainbow Row.The Edmondston-Alston house was constructed between 1820 and 1828 in a style that is quite typical to this area, the Charleston single house. Nonetheless, this particular home is special because of its location along the High Battery. The home’s piazza porches allow a stunning view of the waters. I recommend visiting during the holiday season, because then you’ll have the opportunity to see the house decked out in all of its Christmas garb. Not only that, but the Edmondston-Alston house also hosts an event called Christmas 1860 in December. On these special nights, actors in period costumes help you to get a feel for the turbulent events leading up to the Civil War.

5. The Battery

If you think I’m talking about the batteries that run your electronic devices, you haven’t spent much time in Charleston. In fact, the battery in this southern city is actually a defensive sea wall built where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers meet to form the harbor (located on S Battery Street). I’ve always imagined that if I ever lived in Charleston, I would take evening walks along the battery. There is nothing more wonderful than being able to feel like you’re in a seaside paradise even when you’re actually in a rather large city, and this is what makes Charleston unique. On a warm day, the path along the harbor is brimming with people walking their dogs and enjoying a bit of sunshine.

6. Chalmers Street

Just as in the case of Rainbow Row, Chalmers Street was not always the charming road with vibrant houses that it is today. Originally, this street was lined with pubs as well as the area of the city where slaves were bought and sold. Chalmers street is still lined with cobblestones that were created from ship ballasts, transporting you back in time as you make your way from one end to another. My personal favorite house on this road has to be the infamous Pink House, located at number 17. 

7. The Historic District

If you're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, these are the most beautiful photo spots that you shouldn't miss, including Rainbow Row.While many of the places I have mentioned are within the historic district, the best part of finding photo spots is exploring! Some of my favorite Charleston streets include Tradd Street, Water Street, and Church Street. Make sure to reserve a bit of time during your visit to stroll these areas and see what you find!

Thank you to Charleston CVB for providing me with a VIP pass to be able to explore all of the area’s attractions as well as Belmond Charleston Place for welcoming me as a guest.

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If you're headed to Charleston, South Carolina, these are the most beautiful photo spots that you shouldn't miss, including Rainbow Row.

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10 Comments

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    Jen Morrow
    December 14, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Such adorable Southern Charm! Charleston and the surrounding area is just so darn cute! Great photos.

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    Lea Searching
    December 14, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Oh I just came back from the states and I miss the spanish moss haning from the trees so much.
    Really good pictures!

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    Megan
    December 15, 2016 at 12:55 am

    This makes me miss the south. Growing up in Richmond, Virginia… road trips to Charleston were quite frequent. And when I go back to the states every year, I always take people I am traveling with to Charleston and Savannah because I have yet to find someone who leaves unimpressed. I will have to use these spots as a guide next time 🙂

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    neha
    December 15, 2016 at 2:07 am

    So beautiful. The fact that these include some random picks proves that the place is so beautiful. Great shots

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    Courtney Jones
    December 15, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Ahhh I might be going to North Carolina in 2017 and OBVIOUSLY will have to check out these places!

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    ZeeGoes
    December 15, 2016 at 4:26 am

    When next I visit family in Georgia, I would check out Charleston. I hear the food culture there is also amazing! Love the picture of you walking between the woods.

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    Noemi of Pinay Flying High
    December 15, 2016 at 4:40 am

    The Rainbow Row reminds me of Notting Hill here in London. It’s so nice that they were able to preserve the look of it and probably made it even better. I’d love to visit Charleston. I think it’s very charming.

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    Louiela
    December 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    It seems that walking along Rainbow Row is like walking in the clouds along with the picturesque views.. with the spirit of Christmas season in the atmosphere… Charleston is indeed a good place for a leisure walk plus a perfect spot to capture lovely photos ,,,

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    LJ Legend
    December 15, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    What a lovely post and I agree with Noemi The Rainbow Row does remind me of Notting Hill. I love when places make the effort to bring colour to their buildings it gives that warm, welcoming feel. I think that the US definnatly do Christmas decorations big and better.

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    Taylor Fuller
    December 17, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    i love charleston so much! there are so many great spots!

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