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

  • Save 7% Charlestons Old South Carriage Historic Tour
    Charlestons Old South Carriage Historic Tour248 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Travel by horse-drawn carriage along the picturesque streets of Charleston and take in the history of this South Carolina cit...

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  • Charleston Harbor of History Tour
    Charleston Harbor of History Tour72 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

    During this scenic and relaxing 90 minute tour you will experience Charleston Harbor onthe unique80-foot Carolina Belle. Your...

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  • Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour
    Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour104 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

    This 2.5-hour Charleston food walking tour features the area surrounding City Market in the historic downtown district. Learn...

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  • Ghosts of Charleston Tour
    Ghosts of Charleston Tour21 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

    Come walk with us on The Ghosts of Charlestonleaving nightly from Buxton Books, Charlestons waterfront, independent bookstore...

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

    • Air Pollution 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 65.63 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 34.38 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 34.38 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.88 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15.63 (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 35.42 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 52.08 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 29.17 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.25 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 29.17 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety Index 60.66 (High)
    • Climate Index 89.94 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 33.11 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.73 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 76.05 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.09 (Low)
    • 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 35.62 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 44 USD

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