7 days in Charleston & Columbia Itinerary

7 days in Charleston & Columbia Itinerary

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7 days in Charleston & Columbia Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Columbia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Relax by the water at Folly Beach Public Beach and Litchfield Beach. Visit Fort Sumter National Monument and Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for their historical value. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the natural beauty at Washington Square, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and contemplate the long history of Boone Hall Plantation.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Charleston trip maker .

Newark to Charleston is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark in August, Charleston is a bit warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Columbia.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Boone Hall Plantation, Folly Beach Public Beach, Litchfield Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach

3
nights
Columbia

Columbia ©
A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Get some historical perspective at South Carolina State House and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Step out of Columbia with an excursion to Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Catholic Church, and steep yourself in history at Robert Mills House & Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Columbia holiday planner.

You can drive from Charleston to Columbia in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Columbia sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Columbia

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Aiken County Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
South Carolina State House ©
South Carolina State House
Aiken County Historical Museum ©
Aiken County Historical Museum
St. Peter's Catholic Church ©
St. Peter's Catholic Church

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