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Dec 1, 2018


Lonely Planet: The world's number one travel guide publisher*

Lonely Planet's Pocket Charleston & Savannah is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Admire antebellum architecture, sample some of America's finest food and brush up on your civil-war history at Fort Sumter National Monument - all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Charleston & Savannah and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Charleston & Savannah:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out map (included in print version), plus over eight color neighborhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organized by neighborhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Historic District, Forsyth Park, Midtown, Victorian District, East Savannah & the Islands, Southside, Moon River District, Harleston Village, Upper King, Cannonborough, Elliottborough, French Quarter, East Side, NoMo, Hampton Park, Charleston County Sea Islands, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Pocket Charleston & Savannah is our colorful, easy to use, handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, providing on-the-go assistance for those seeking the best sights and experiences on a short visit or weekend break.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's USA guide for an in-depth look at all the country has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

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eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)

  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

Dec 1, 2018

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Lonely Planet has gone on to become the world’s most successful travel publisher, printing over 100 million books. The guides are printed in nine different languages; English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Korean. Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and get to the heart of a place via guidebooks and eBooks to almost every destination on the planet, an award-winning website and magazine, a range of mobile and digital travel products and a dedicated traveller community.

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Plan Your Trip

Welcome to Charleston & Savannah

Top Sights


Drinking & Nightlife





The Outdoors

The Arts

Four Perfect Days

Need to Know

Charleston Neighborhoods

Savannah Neighborhoods

Explore Charleston

South of Broad & the French Quarter

East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliotborough

Charleston County Sea Islands

Beaufort & Hilton Head Island

Explore Savannah

Historic District & Forsyth Park

Midtown & the Victorian District

East Savannah & the Islands

Worth a Trip

Fort Sumter National Monument

Wormsloe Historic Site

Survival Guide

Survival Guide

Before You Go

Arriving in Charleston & Savannah

Getting Around

Essential Information

Behind the Scenes

Our Writers

Welcome to Charleston & Savannah

The zenith of old-world charm, Charleston whisks you into the nation’s tumultuous past and nourishes your mind, heart and stomach in roughly equal measure. Still hungry? Just two hours south, Savannah is rife with elegant town houses, antebellum mansions, green public squares, pristine tidal freshwater marshes and mammoth oak trees bedecked in moss.

Downtown Charleston | F11PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK ©


Charleston & Savannah

Top Sights

Fort Sumter National Monument

Charleston’s most noteworthy historic fort.


Charleston & Savannah Top Sights

Forsyth Park

A lively, outdoor delight in Savannah.


Charleston & Savannah Top Sights

McLeod Plantation

A true education on slavery at a Charleston County Sea Islands plantation.


Charleston & Savannah Top Sights

Bonaventure Cemetery

Savannah’s hauntingly stunning Southern Gothic necropolis.


Charleston & Savannah Top Sights

Old Slave Mart Museum

Charleston’s most important history museum.


Charleston & Savannah Top Sights

Wormsloe Historic Site

Savannah’s enchanting estate.


Charleston & Savannah Top Sights

Laurel Grove Cemetery

Savannah’s most historic resting place.


Charleston & Savannah Top Sights

Aiken-Rhett House

Charleston’s most interestingly preserved home.



Kiss your grits – you’re in fine eatin’ country. Lowcountry cuisine dominates the scene in both Charleston and Savannah, drawing from land (okra, field peas, rice and corn) and sea (shellfish), and heavily infl uenced by West/Central African traditions brought via the slave trade.


Dining Out in Charleston

Its chefs are regular contenders for James Beard awards. Its restaurants and dishes frequently get the nod from magazines like Bon Appétit. And with culinary roots in Europe, the Caribbean and West Africa, is it any wonder that every year millions of people pack a toothbrush just to eat in Charleston? But reading or hearing about delicious things never quite satisfies the way, say, slurping a raw oyster can. Or tearing into a fried green tomato. Or swirling the cream and sherry in a bowl of she-crab soup…

Dining Out in Savannah

Savannah is known as the ‘Hostess City of the South’ – and a good hostess will stuff you to the gills with all things battered and fried before sending you on your merry way. This is a city where people come to indulge in decadent, traditional Southern and soul food, but top chefs are also reimagining things with a ‘New South’ cuisine, where classic themes and ingredients meet innovative preparations. With Savannah’s proximity to the ocean, seafood features heavily on most menus, and good grub doesn’t stop at Southern staples – fans of diverse international fare can find great options, too.

Best Restaurants

Tu A playful Charleston restaurant with creative and mind-blowing international dishes.

Husk Savannah Scaled-up Southern dishes made with ingredients from local purveyors.

167 Raw Hole-in-the-wall that unassumingly serves up Charleston’s best seafood.

FIG Long-time Charleston foodie haven with great service and top-notch nouvelle Southern fare.

Mrs Wilkes Dining Room Rich, traditional, communal-style Southern fare in Savannah.

Best Dishes

Shrimp and Grits (pictured) Arguably the Lowcountry’s most famous dish, enjoyed in varying preparations at restaurants all over town.

Lowcountry Boil Shell-on shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage and red potatoes boiled or steamed together with spices. Spread sheets of newspaper on a table, dump out the pot and get to grubbin’.

Fried Green Tomatoes Unripened tomatoes get sliced and coated with a cornmeal batter before taking a plunge into sizzling bacon fat or lard. Top ’em with pimento cheese and bacon for an extra-sinful experience, or crown a salad with a slice or two and feign being healthy.

She-Crab Soup Named for the crab roe garnish (which many restaurants leave off), this rich, creamy soup usually includes lumps of blue-crab meat, sherry and plenty of spice.

Barbecue From the Carolinas to Texas, low and slow pit-smoked protein is a US claim to fame, and Savannah and Charleston both excel at it.

Buttermilk Biscuits Whether you get ’em smothered in gravy or piled with pimento cheese, this quintessential Southern snack will have your taste buds singing.

Drinking & Nightlife

The denizens of these fine cities have a famous appreciation of all things nightlife. Balmy Charleston evenings are perfect for a cool cocktail or dancing to live jazz, while Savannah’s revelers often take advantage of the lax open-container regulations, bouncing from downtown watering holes to hidden haunts and bars along rollicking nightlife corridors.


Charleston by Night

Charleston may be a genteel city, but its residents are not above throwing a few back and having a good ole time. There’s always something shakin’ here, be it a boozy RiverDogs ball game, a highly anticipated concert at a local music venue, or swing-dance lessons at a hoppin’ speakeasy. The craft-beer scene has taken off, with the best concentration of breweries in the Northern Peninsula, Mt Pleasant and North Charleston, and a brews cruise to help you hit four breweries in one. Craft distilleries are also on the rise, with two good ones right downtown.

Partying in Savannah

Savannah (pictured) knows how to have a good time – and we’re not just talking the throngs of green-clad party-goers who descend upon the city for St Patrick’s Day (Savannah’s celebration is second only to New York City for the largest in the world). Though a modestly sized city, the nightlife turns up year-round. The watering holes are aplenty, from the tourist-frequented hubs along River St, south to the bumpin’ dance clubs on Congress St, and to the locals’ dives in the Victorian District. The best part? You can take boozy drinks ‘to go’ in plastic cups and saunter through downtown without dropping that buzz.

Best for Craft Booze in Charleston

Edmund’s Oast A fancy brewpub with 64 taps and fine food like salt chicken skins, hanger steaks and hot-and-sour tilefish.

Firefly Distillery The home of America’s first sweet-tea vodka, and also lots of other outrageously delicious and intoxicating liquors.

High Wire Distilling In downtown Charleston, get your tastes of small-batch gin, whiskey, vodka and amaro, right in a row.

Prohibition A speakeasy-style craft cocktail bar where you can take swing-dancing lessons.

Best for Live Music in Savannah

Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Croon crowd-selected favorites off rowdy River St.

El-Rocko Lounge Hip cocktail bar that regularly hosts indie, rock, soul and funk bands.

Jinx Metal, rock, alt-country and hip-hop acts blast the stacks in this gloriously grungy, small-scale venue.

House of Strut Vintage store by day and performance venue by night, where local bands jam for the hometown crowd.

Boozy Bus

Charleston Brews Cruise %843-860-7847; htours 1:30pm Sun & Tue-Thu, 12:30pm Fri & Sat) runs buses around to a rotating selection of four local breweries.


Whether it’s Lowcountry gifts, fine art and antiques, vintage garments or local farmers market products you seek, these two shopping hubs have got you covered.



The Historic District is clogged with overpriced souvenir shops and junk markets. Head instead to King St: hit lower King for antiques, middle King for cool boutiques and upper King for trendy design and gift shops. Or try the main stretch of Broad St, dubbed ‘Gallery Row.’


West Broughton St is Savannah’s pre-eminent shopping district – with both corporate and indie entities shoulder to shoulder, and all of it punctuated with a distinctly SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) flavor. There are also great options close to the riverfront and further south in the Victorian District.

Best Shopping in Charleston

Charleston City Market You can wander the stalls here for hours checking out local crafts and food products, such as handmade sweetgrass. (pictured)

Farmers Market Everybody comes here for local produce, homemade food and drinks, art, music, boiled peanuts and more.

Charleston Crafts Cooperative Contemporary South Carolina–made crafts, including sweetgrass baskets, hand-dyed silks and wood carvings.

Best Shopping in Savannah

ShopSCAD Pick up something unique and handmade by a local art-school student, faculty member or alum.

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