Charleston Tourism

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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.

Charleston Travel Tips

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.
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Facts and Stats for Charleston*

  • Pollution Statistics in Charleston

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

    • Air Pollution 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.67 (Very Low)
  • Charleston: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Charleston for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Charleston.

    • Burglary and Theft 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.89 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 27.78 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 30.56 (Low)
    • Drug offense 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.78 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.89 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 38.89 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 38.89 (Low)
  • Living in Charleston - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Charleston is 169.1 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 57.29 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 89.94 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 30.65 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.64 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 87.1 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 76.68 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.19 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 100.4 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Charleston

    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 39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.56 USD

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

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