Charleston was founded in 1670 and served as South Carolina's first capital. It is also known as the place where the first shot of the Civil War was fired. The area grew as a center of tobacco, rice and indigo plantations. The city of today maintains the architecture of it's past and many historical sites and buildings. Along the South Carolina coast, people traveling with dogs have a number of good choices of places to visit. Myrtle Beach is the beach town, Hilton Head Island has large resorts and golf resorts and Charleston has the history. A great vacation can be had with your dog in Charleston.
In Charleston there are a number of pet-friendly hotels. The Best Western Sweetgrass Inn at 1540 Savannah Highway has a good location for the historical and visitor sites. There is also a pet-friendly La Quinta, Quality Inn and Motel 6. There are also several pet-friendly extended stay hotels with suites to provide more room for you and your dog. Extended Stay America, Candlewood Suites and Residence Inn are some choices. In Folly Beach, the Tides Folly Beach at One Center Street is a good choice. Dogs are also allowed in the villas at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in nearby Kiawah Island. There are many dog-friendly vacation rentals in Charleston, Folly Beach and Isle of Palms.
Campers with pets visiting Charleston have several choices as well. There is the Charleston KOA and Mt Pleasant KOA for Motorhomes and Travel Trailers. For tent camping you can consider the James Island County Park Campground, which also serves RVs and the Oak Plantation Campground.
There are many dog-friendly attractions in Charleston. Visit Fort Moultrie National Historic Site in Sullivan Island where the Civil War Began. Battery and White Point Gardens in Charleston's historic district which is a dog-friendly historical park. Charleston has more dog-friendly tours than any other city we've seen. There are dog-friendly carriage tours, ghost tours, walking tours and boat tours. You can also rent kayaks for you and your dog. Audubon Swamp Garden is a park with boardwalks, bridges, boats and dikes and offers an educational walking opportunity for you and your dog. Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site is where the original landing to establish Charleston was made.
There are a few dog-friendly beaches in the area but you have to pay attention to seasonal and hourly rules. The Isle of Palms County Park Beach and the Beachwalker County Park Beach allow leashed dogs year-round. Folly Beach County Park does not allow dogs during the busy summer months and Sullivan Island Beach allows dogs mostly during morning hours only.There are a number of dog parks in the area.
Nearby dog-friendly places to visit from Charleston include South Carolina coastal cities of Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach and Savannah Georgia.