I have lived in the South for the past couple of years and before I moved to the midwest for my last year of high school, I wanted to soak in some real southern charm, and what better place to do that than in Charleston. A couple years ago, I made a quick pit stop in Charleston but did not really get much time to soak in all of its beauty. Since I got the chance to stay an entire week this year, I did not hesitate at the opportunity to run down every ally way and stuff my stomach with amazing food. 

While I hope you end up using this as a guide sometime in your life, I also hope it's much more of a loose guide. We only toured the city by foot and rented bikes, meaning I could hop off and snag as many photos as I liked (not shocking that I stopped a lot.). But I think the beauty of Charleston is finding the unknown streets and carving out on your own.

King Street

I'm personally not a big fan of tourist traps..... buuuut you still have to go see King Street. There are a few blocks that are purely shops (Urban Outfitters, H&M, Madewell, Sephora and such). So feel free to skip those if you are not in the mood, but it also houses some of my favorite restaurants Jeni's Splendid ice cream, Leon's, Sugar and a few others 

Montagu Street

Being an almost Senior in high school means college season so me and my friend thought it would be fun just to go on a tour around The College of Charleston. While on the tour, I could not help but notice all of the little gardens around the campus. After the campus we walked down near by streets and discovered this street with sprawling homes and super secret gardens

A few locals passed while we were taking photos and said the gates aren't always open, but when they are even they feel like the garden is a special treat.

Bedons Alley

I can't remember the last time I visited a city and ran down every alleyway I saw. But that's the magic of Charleston! It's beauty and charm is often tucked aways meaning don't ever be afraid to go off course. You never know what you will find!

Case in point: Bedons Alley

While just another cute scenic alley filled with vines and exposed brick with a tiny teal home was right at the end. Bonus! Even all of the surrounding homes were cute and quaint.

Rainbow Row

One of the most popular sections in the city is Rainbow Row. I believe it is even on of the most photographed street in the US. It's a highly trafficked street in Charleston so I would suggest showing up early or during a meal time. But the rows of brightly colored homes will make up for it.

Elliot Street

This travel guide isn't going to give you an exact location on each street. Why? Because part of the beauty of the city is finding and discovering your favorite allies and corners.

After we strolled through Rainbow Row, a quick turn on Elliot Street had me wondering is I was in Paris or South Carolina still. And led us to even more flowered window sills.

Battery Street

On the other side of Rainbow Row, Right next to the Atlantic Ocean - lies Battery Street! The Battery is named for the civil war artillery battery at the site, though tourists flock to it mainly for all of the grandlose historic homes that line the Southern most point of the city. The homes are known for their "antebellum" architecture meaning they have large pillars, wrap around porches and enormous foyers on the inside. But if you walk a little past the houses, you will come across Battery Park where you will find less tourists and beautiful landscaping. 

Gnome Cafe

Now getting into the good stuff, FOOD!! I am always looking for a good avocado toast and I think I have found my favorite! Gnome Cafe had a ton of fresh and healthy things on their menu, and after walking in the blazing heat for several hours a cold smoothie sounded amazing to me.

Butchers and Bee
If you like eating somewhere that supports local and sustainable farms then this is sure to please. It has a very hip vibe and features healthy seasonal fare with unique flavor combinations. The drink menu is especially interesting with options like charcoal lemonade and turmeric tang. You can’t go wrong with Butcher & Bee!

Bay Street

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

I LOVE EVERYTHING PINK and this hotel did not hold back! If you are looking for the perfect hotel for a girls get away, I one hundred recommend! The service is amazing, the breakfast is complimentary and delicious and there not a single spot that is not picture worthy, inside and out.