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Move Over Spring, Autumn in Charleston is Great

Enjoy fall in this Southern city based on your travel style

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Charleston, South Carolina, is bustling with fun things to do year-round. Watch the video above for the top five must-do’s in Charleston, no matter the season.

However, if you’re planning a trip to the Holy City during the fall, you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience Charleston's magical southern charm. Visiting from September to October means mild temperatures while you explore this walkable city. As a bonus, you can soak in its famous southern hospitality without the influx of travelers who flock to the area during springtime to catch the magnolia trees blooming.

So whether you're a foodie, culture seeker or nature lover, spice up your next vacation with some fall-flavored activities in historic Charleston.

Savor Seasonal Flavors

A couple stands in front of a white building in Charleston, South Carolina 

Charleston is a trending destination for local foodies and out-of-town gourmands. There are tons of restaurants to satisfy every appetite, and the fall season is a great time to experience food festivals and seasonal flavors with a Southern twist.

The Charleston Harvest Festival features Carolina barbeque and other fall festival foods to snack on in between pumpkin decorating and live music. Take a tour of Charleston’s craft beer scene during Beer Week, or enjoy Charleston Restaurant Week.

For a low-key experience, head to the weekly Charleston Farmers Market for seasonal produce and treats. Or, if you’re not in the mood to prepare something yourself, head to Husk for a seasonal menu.

Get Cultured

Four pastel-painted buildings and palm trees along Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina 

If you’re in the mood to shop, Charleston City Market is more than three blocks of unique vendors and artisans. Pick up souvenirs and gifts for the upcoming winter holidays. 

Celebrate community arts and African American and Caribbean culture at MOJA Arts Festival, held in the fall. Art lovers can enjoy dances, literary events, live music, theater, visual arts displays and more. At the Architecture, History and Gardens Tours, you can also see Charleston's local architecture and gardens first-hand.

Learn about the rich history of Charleston with a walking tour. Hear the stories of African American Charlestonians and their role in the nation’s history at sites like the Old Slave Mart Museum. Or take a ghost tour after-hours and learn why the city is considered one of the most haunted places in the United States.

Explore the Outdoors

Drone shot of Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina 

Warmer fall temperatures mean leaves may not change until November, making Charleston greener for longer. And warmer weather offers nature-lovers more time to explore Charleston.

Charleston is full of waterways — from the Charleston Harbor, Atlantic Ocean, rivers and more — perfect for kayaks, paddle boards and boats. Or take a day trip to Kiawah Island and enjoy the beaches, plentiful wildlife, fishing and bike paths.

Pack a tailgate spread and watch the Steeplechase of Charleston for heart-pumping, world-class horse racing.

No matter your vacation style, stay at Liberty Place Charleston, a Hilton Club, perfectly positioned to explore the city in any season.

Read “4 Seasons of Southern Charm: 13 Things To Do in Charleston” for more ways to savor the seasons and make memories.



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