David’s birthday is today (September 5). We originally were going to take a trip to the beach for the weekend, but that didn’t work out. So, instead, we decided we’d do a day trip somewhere. We talked about going to Lake Joccassee, which has been on my list of places to visit. But we slept in a bit on Saturday, and by the time we got on the road, we were afraid it would be too late. I read that the park at Lake Joccassee can fill up. With it being a holiday weekend, I was afraid we’d go all that way and not be able to get in. But David wanted to go somewhere we’d never been. I looked it up and realized Charleston was only just over 2 1/2 hours away.
Day Trip To Charleston, South Carolina
It was a little bit of a later start than we’d typically get on the road for a day trip… but we had no other plans. The weather was perfect for a motorcycle ride too! It was in the mid 60’s I think when we left. Honestly, I got a little chilly at first, especially in the shade. The ride wasn’t bad, except we did get stuck in traffic a few times along I-26. Thankfully, it wasn’t hot though… otherwise we might’ve turned around!
We didn’t get to Charleston until close to 1 p.m. So we didn’t have a ton of time to explore. Since neither of us had ever been, we didn’t have a clue where to go or what to see. I will say… there were a LOT of people in Charleston on Saturday. I’m not sure if it’s because of the holiday weekend, the nice weather, or a combination of both.
I knew I wanted to check out Rainbow Row. I’d seen pictures of it, so I wanted to see it in person. We finally decided we’d park and walk to Rainbow Row, and then go from there. The streets were bustling with people, but we managed to make it over there. I was able to grab a few pictures and see more beautiful buildings along the way.
After that, we decided we needed to figure out somewhere to eat. We did walk over to the pier, and took a few photos (see below). Then we decided we’d try to eat at Fleet Landing, which was right on the water. But unfortunately, they said it was going to be a 40+ minute wait… and we were both really hungry and on a little bit of a time crunch.
We walked back to East Bay Street and found Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar. David loves seafood and since this was his birthday trip, I knew he’d enjoy getting some shrimp for lunch! Thankfully, there wasn’t a wait here! I’m not really a seafood person, so I ordered a burger. Haha. But it was good!
After that, we swung by the Savannah’s Candy Kitchen of Charleston. And yes, we sampled the fresh pralines… YUM! We wound up not buying any candy though, because we would’ve had to eat it before heading back home. Otherwise it would’ve melted on the motorcycle!
Cooper River Bridge – Charleston
After that, we basically just headed back to the motorcycle since we wanted to get home before it got too late. But we did want to take a little trip over the Cooper River Bridge. I’d always heard about the bridge and about the Cooper River Bridge Run. Now that I’ve seen it… I definitely want to run that race. What a beautiful bridge with gorgeous views. I tried to take some photos, and even grabbed this video (which was really hard when you’ve got a death grip on the photo so it doesn’t fly out of your hand on the motorcycle):