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Where to Catch the Perfect Sunset in Charleston

Where to Catch the Perfect Sunset in Charleston

June 21, 2018

It’s the Summer Solstice and the Holy City’s steeple-flecked sunsets are stellar this time of year. In honor of summer’s longest day, we’ve rounded up five more vantage points to catch the evening’s light show.

Old Pitt Street Bridge

Mt. Pleasant

A bit of a local’s secret, this narrow marsh-flanked park located on the site of the now-decommissioned Sullivan’s Island Bridge offers panoramic views from the Isle of Palms to the Ravenel Bridge, silhouetting the downtown skyline as the day dies.

Ravenel Bridge

Downtown/Mt. Pleasant

If you don’t mind working for your sunset reward, lace up your sneakers and hike to the top of this iconic expanse. Well-placed benches at the bridge’s crest are some of the best seats in town.

Shem Creek Boardwalk

Mt. Pleasant

You can drive or boat to this recently-built boardwalk near the mouth of Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant’s picturesque shrimping hub. Grab dinner and drinks before or after sunset at one of the creek’s handful of seafood restaurants.

White Point Gardens


Stroll through this historic oak-dotted green space at the corner of East Bay Street and Murray Boulevard. As the sun dips, cross the street at walk down the Murray Blouvard seawall for even better views.

Bowen’s Island Restaurant

James Island

Pull up a stool at the river-facing outdoor bar at this old-school oyster house on James Island to watch the sun sink over Folly Creek. Pro tip: Lines can be long come summertime, so set out early, with plenty of time before sunset.

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