Some of the best photography circulating through the world today has been captured in our beloved Holy City. In fact, it may have been a stunning photo of Charleston that prompted you to book a flight, pack your suitcase and head for our photogenic city. We’ve compiled a list of some of Charleston’s most beautiful places. Grab the family, your special sweetie or your selfie stick to capture vacation pictures that will last a lifetime.
Riley Waterfront Park
Riley Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston is breathtaking. Not only does it offer the perfect view of multiple historic landmarks, such as Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown, but when the sun starts to set, you’ll be reaching for your camera to capture a shot worth framing.
Morris Island Lighthouse
First illuminated in 1876, the Morris Island Lighthouse is best viewed from the northern tip of Folly Beach where the lighthouse rises from the Atlantic Ocean. If you arrive at a quiet time of day and submerge your feet in the sand, your patience will be rewarded with the perfect calm picture of this historic structure. If you’re lucky, some dolphins may even pose for your shot.
Located on beautiful Johns Island, the Angel Oak is one of the most respected historical sites in all of Charleston. Estimated to be around 400 years old, this tree stands at 65 feet tall and is known for its majestic spread of branches. It’s the perfect example of Mother Nature’s incredible work. Get there early to capture the perfect photo as this public park gets crowded with spectators as the day goes on.
Any trip to Charleston should include a walk along the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge while looking out over the beautiful Charleston harbor. You can see every facet of Charleston while suspended 180 feet above the Cooper River. The way the city and the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier light up at night makes this view one of the best money can buy – and yet walking the bridge is free.
Dropped into the heart of historic downtown Charleston is the College of Charleston. A central – and most iconic spot – on campus is the Cistern Yard. Oak trees trace the entire yard and the background features historic Randolph Hall built in 1829. If you arrive around noon, the sun will be shining right into the yard, making the perfect photo opportunity.
Pitt Street Bridge
This historic Mount Pleasant structure has gone through many renovations and expansions. No longer functioning as a bridge for transportation, this long walkway serves as a fishing pier and sightseeing opportunity. With views of the Ravenel Bridge and the downtown peninsula, you can capture many amazing photos from this spot. We would recommend visiting at sunset, but sunrise offers its own astounding experience.
This Summerville destination is well worth putting on your to-do list. This park includes a renowned garden that offers a spectacular display of flowers every spring. A series of pathways wind around the park, giving you plenty of opportunities to snap pictures of the ponds, sculptures and trees.