The first two nights of your trip will be in Charleston itself—aim for an arrival early in the day to get as much as you can out of your time in the city. You can choose to stay at either the Meeting Street Inn
or Zero George
The Meeting Street Inn is in the heart of the city’s historic district, meaning that all the sites you’ll want to visit are easily reached on foot. The 56 rooms in the 19th
-century building exude historic charm, with four-poster beds and other period details. The 18-suite Zero George is also in the historic district, if not quite as central, in several 19th
-century buildings that share a common courtyard. Between the two, Zero George is perhaps better suited towards older children, especially those who are already developing sophisticated tastes, though some of the suites work well for families.
After a quick lunch at Cru Café
, you’ll depart for an afternoon carriage tour of Charleston. You’ll get a sense of the extent of the peninsula, from the bottom of the Battery at its southern tip to Marion Square at its northern end.
For dinner, head five minutes on foot to Queology BBQ
, one of Charleston’s most popular casual barbecue restaurants. Choose from pulled pork, spicy chicken wings, and sides including standards like corn on the cob and mac and cheese. After a long day traveling, the comfort food served here should satisfy everyone in the family.