Charleston Tourism

This is a seaport city on the banks of two rivers, Ashley and Cooper. The city was captured during the Civil War and so has been greatly influenced by the Colonial Era settlements. There are many old buildings and structures here but no skyscrapers – the government restricts building heights.

The city was in earlier times known as Charles Towne and was founded in the year 1670 by Anthony Ashley Cooper. It was at first the settlement of native North Americans but later captured by British Colonials, who built a fortifying wall to escape from attacks. Fortunately, the Civil War did no lasting harm to the city’s charm and beauty. Tourists attractions here focus a lot on this.

Sightseeing-wise, you will find a variety of architectural styles such as Gothic, Roman, Greek, Victorian, Italian, Georgian, Adam, etc. There are thriving communities here of Jews and French Hueguenots – plan for a lot of walking in your Charleston vacation itinerary.

It is known that the people are very peace loving here and live a very classic lifestyle. They are very helpful and polite with everyone. The accent is known to be quite sharp and also has a tinge of English style. Apart from that you will also here many regional tongues here because of the various communities that have settled here.

Essential travel information and Charleston tips for your visit

  • Book taxis and cards in advance.
  • Reach the airport two hours earlier.
  • Carry a travelers’ guide always with you in this city.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Charleston

  • Know the pollution level of Charleston before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 55 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 32.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 32.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.23 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Charleston for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Charleston.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 23.08 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 41.07 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 32.14 (Low)
    • Drug offense 48.08 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.14 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 51.79 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.62 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.92 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.07 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Charleston is 178.15 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 60.26 (High)
    • Climate Index 89.94 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 31.52 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31.36 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 81.17 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 75.3 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.54 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 95.68 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Charleston

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.45 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 51 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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