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Charleston is the biggest city in South Carolina and serves as the county seat of Charleston County. Because of its location on the Charleston Harbor, the city serves as a key port on the Atlantic coast. Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and has earned the moniker “Holy City” due to its dizzying amount of churches. Founded in 1670, the city was originally called Charles Town in honor of England’s King Charles II and was one of the key cities that played a major role in the colonization of the Americas by the British.
While Charleston’s varied history has seen some good and bad times, the city has gone on to become one of the United States' top cities for tourism. In fact, renowned tourism magazine Travel + Leisure named Charleston as the world’s best city in 2016 and has consistently been named the country’s best city over the last couple of years. It is easy to see why lots of travelers gravitate to Charleston – the city has a colorful history, beautiful nature, buzzing dining and nightlife scene, eclectic art, and the irresistible Southern charm.
Whether you’re a local playing tourist in your own backyard or a visitor who wants to experience Charleston’s unique charm for yourself, make the most out of your trip by utilizing the storage services offered by Bounce.
With so much to see and do when visiting Charleston in South Carolina, the last thing you would want to worry about is carrying or dragging around heavy luggage with you. Not only is this an inconvenience, having to bring your luggage can really slow you down. Fortunately, you can solve your luggage woes with Bounce; we have teamed up with several local businesses around Charleston to provide you with short-term storage. Simply look for a Bounce partner through the app and deposit your luggage there.
Top Things to Do
Charleston is continuously named one of the top cities for tourism in the United States and for good reason; the city boasts an array of cultural attractions, a buzzing restaurant scene, excellent shopping options, and more. The following are some of the Charleston spots you shouldn’t miss:
As one of the oldest American cities, it’s no surprise that Charleston has a rich history and heritage. The best way to learn more about the city’s past is through the various museums located here. These are the top museums to visit when in Charleston:
The Charleston Museum: There is no better way to kick off your museum tour of Charleston than by visiting what is believed to be the first-ever museum in the United States – The Charleston Museum. Established in 1773, the museum focuses on South Carolina history. The museum consists of different themed galleries and houses an array of ancient artifacts related to natural history, wars, and more. (Bag policy: The museum requires guests to leave their large bags or luggage at the coat check. For a more secure alternative, find a Bounce location near the museum and store your things there.
Gibbes Museum of Art: Another museum that you should definitely see when in Charleston is the Gibbes Museum of Art. This space is home to an extensive permanent collection of American art spanning four centuries that gives guests a glimpse of the city’s complex history. The museum also has temporary exhibits that feature both traditional and contemporary artworks. (Bag policy: Guests cannot bring large bags or backpacks inside the galleries and must leave them with the museum’s coat check. Alternatively, stow your things with Bounce before your visit.)
Old Slave Mart Museum: For a unique and captivating museum experience, visit the Old Slave Mart Museum, which is the sole existing site where slaves were once auctioned. After the Civil War in 1964, sisters Louise Wragg Graves and Judith Wragg Chase bought the property, had it listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and established the current museum. Guests can see different artifacts and African works and learn about the involvement of Charleston in the slave trade. A trip to the Old Slave Mart Museum is a truly eye-opening experience that shows the dark side of the city’s past. (Bag policy: The museum imposes size limitations on the guests’ bags. To avoid any issues, visit a Bounce location near the museum and drop off your items there.)
Shopping in Charleston is fun and diverse; the city offers a mix of stores and boutiques – from upscale international brands to more eclectic and quaint shops. These are the places to check out when shopping in Charleston:
Downtown Charleston: Charleston’s downtown area is the heart of the city’s activity, and shoppers flock here for its diverse range of shopping opportunities. For those looking to shop designer brands, Shops at Charleston Place will satisfy your needs with Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Tommy Bahama. It’s also downtown where you’ll find the famous Charleston City Market, which showcases hundreds of locally-owned shops and boutiques. If the timing works, browse the seasonal Charleston Farmers’ Market, which opens from April to December.
King Street: No doubt Charleston’s most famous shopping street, King Street has been the top shopping spot in the city for over 300 years. This trendy destination is categorized into three sections – the Design District (Upper King), Fashion District (Middle King), and the Antiques District (Lower King). King Street is truly a one-stop-shop for those who want to get all their needs in one place.
Mount Pleasant: Just a short drive away from downtown is Mount Pleasant, home to many retail spots. The Old Village is a good spot to find some home décor stores and clothing boutiques, while the Mount Pleasant Town Centre has a vast array of local and international brands such as Old Navy, Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Barnes & Noble.
Charleston’s food scene is one of its main draws. The city is known for having a dynamic mix of dining opportunities – from beloved Southern favorites to fresh seafood and international offerings. Here are some of the city’s top dining spots:
Southern food: Charleston has its own brand of Southern cuisine that makes it unique from the rest. For the best Southern and soul food in the city, the number one place to go to is Husk in downtown Charleston. Other worthy Southern food spots include Martha Lou’s Kitchen, Poogan’s Porch, Page’s Okra Grill, The Glass Onion, and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit.
Seafood: With its location by the coast, it’s no secret that Charleston has a decent amount of seafood restaurants that offer fresh ingredients. The most well-known seafood joint in the city is Hank’s Seafood Restaurant. You should also check out 167 Raw, The Ordinary, Bowen’s Island Restaurant, The Darling, Leon’s Oyster Shop, and Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar.
Asian cuisine: Like most cities in the United States, Charleston has gradually built a solid Asian food scene, with more and more Asian restaurants popping up around the city. Some of the best selections in the city include Kwei Fei (Chinese), Xiao Bao Biscuit (Asian fusion), Little Miss Ha (Vietnamese), Basil Thai Cuisine (Thai), and Mama Kim’s (Korean).
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How much does luggage storage cost in Charleston?
The price for luggage storage in Charleston is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Where are there luggage storage locations in Charleston?
There are multiple locations all around Charleston which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Rainbow Row (north end), Rainbow Row (south end), Fort Sumter and many other areas.
Is it safe to store your bags in Charleston?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Charleston.
Are there storage lockers in Charleston?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Charleston. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Charleston where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
Where are the best places to stay and eat while in Charleston?
The most popular restaurants to visit are Halls Chophouse, Circa 1886 Restaurant, and Husk Restaurant. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Charleston are Indigo Inn, Governors House Inn, and The Cottages on Charleston Harbor.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Charleston?
Charleston offers several scenic parks including Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, Charleston Historic District, and White Point Gardens.
Where can I find tourist information and guideposts in Charleston?
You can find local tourist information at Charleston Visitors Center, Information, and Town of Mount Pleasant Visitors Center.
What are the best museums and historical attractions in Charleston?
If you're looking for a good museum in Charleston, we recommend Charleston Museum, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, and Old Slave Mart Museum. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Charleston's most popular historical attractions including Saint Philip Protestant Episcopal Church, Edgar Allan Poe Library, or Battery Thomson and monuments like Confederate Defenders of Charleston, Moultrie Statue, or Statue of John C. Calhoun. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Castle Pinckney, Saint Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins, or Biggin Church.
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