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Best Beaches of the Carolinas: Charleston & Folly

If you're looking for a real southern getaway that combines the best of the beach and the city, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina. Known for its rich history, culinary delights, charming cobblestone streets, and proximity to Folly Beach, Charleston never disappoints. Whether you're planning a long weekend or a weeklong vacation, you will find plenty to do in this charming city. Use Triptiks to plan the best route for you and your crew, so you won't waste any time getting there!

 

If you want to be in the heart of the Historic District, stay at Hyatt Place Charleston, located near the College of Charleston and the South Carolina Aquarium. AAA Members save 10% or more and earn World of Hyatt points when booking AAA rates! Use your AAA member discount for up to $2.95 on select tickets at the Aquarium,  $1.00 off adult tickets at Charleston Harbor Tours and $2.00 off adult tickets at Bulldog Tours. While strolling the city streets, be sure to visit King Street for excellent shopping and dining and Market Street where local vendors sell unique products such as sweetgrass baskets and other handcrafted items. Stop into the Brown Dog Deli or the Glass Onion for some southern culinary creations when the mood strikes you. If you want to hop in your car, you can head to Tanger Outlets in North Charleston for discounted shopping. AAA Members receive a FREE coupon book with discounts up to 20% at select retailers. 

 

If you want to be on the beach, yet have access to the city, stay at Tides Folly Beach Oceanfront. This high-rise hotel offers floor to ceiling views of the ocean with balconies or patios for outdoor entertaining. Located in the heart of town, the Tides is steps away from restaurants such as Taco Boy and Folly Beach Crab Shack, as well as several souvenir and surf shops. Spend the days kayaking, fishing, or paddleboarding, or relax on the beach. When you feel like changing up the scenery, hop in the car for a short drive to downtown Charleston. 

 

Be sure you get a FREE pre-road trip inspection at your local AAA Car Care Center before you drive to the Charleston area. As we move into summer, the heat can deplete the life of your battery. If you get stuck with a dead battery, call Emergency Roadside Assistance, and we can bring you a new battery on the spot. If you don't want to put miles on your car, rent a car with your 10-20% AAA discount from Hertz. Having a AAA membership is priceless. Take advantage of all the benefits when you book a trip with AAA Travel. Call 1-800-444-8691 or visit your nearby AAA Travel Branch for more information. 

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