How to Plan the Best Day Trip from Kiawah Island to Charleston

From tucked away coffee shops to one of the most beautiful plantations in the South Carolina Lowcountry, there are so many great stops to make on a trip from Kiawah Island to Charleston.

Read on to discover how to make the most of your next trip, including routes, drive times, and more. Afterward, if you are looking for more local attractions in the Charleston area, download our free Kiawah Island Destination Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on restaurants and the best things to do on Kiawah Island.

From Kiawah Island to Charleston - The Routes

A drive from Kiawah Island to Charleston takes approximately 45 minutes. What's the best route? There are two routes you can take, and each is about 30 miles long. We recommend using State Road S-10-20 (Bohicket Road to Maybank Hwy) for a more scenic drive.

Kiawah Island to Charleston Route

This road takes you through the beautiful towns of Johns Island and James Island before you reach your final destination downtown.

Along this route you’ll see gorgeous country roads lined with large, shaded oak trees draped in Spanish moss, often referred to as the Alley of Oaks.

Another option for traveling to and from Kiawah and downtown is State Road S-10-20 to I-17 Bohicket Road to Main Road. This route is a bit longer at 33 miles and will take you approximately 55 minutes. However, no matter which route you choose, you can look forward to plenty of great stops along the way!

Restaurants, Cafes, & Places to Eat Along the Way

Make a stop for lunch or dinner at one of Charleston’s hidden gems. Whether you are searching for a smooth cup of coffee in the morning or savory barbecue in the afternoon, you will find it all on your way from Kiawah Island to Charleston.

Local Attractions & Stops to Make

Charleston’s rich history isn’t limited to downtown. On your way from Kiawah to Charleston, you don’t want to miss these incredible historic sites!


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