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Best Time: March to May, September to November Read More

Ideal duration: 3-5 days

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"A city of vintage dreams"

Charleston Tourism

Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and centuries-old mansions- Charleston owns all the props for a classic vintage picture. This port city's beauty shuffles different shades throughout the year, making Charleston a destination with a unique mesmerizing allure every time you visit here.

Charleston is a city every vintage lover dreams to live in. River banks, plantations, upscale dining, crafty eateries, old-style mansions, historic sites, adorable beaches and picturesque churches- you can never get enough from Charleston. In spite of unfortunate nuisances caused by wars, fires and natural disasters in the past, this lovely city has managed to retain the antique treasures of its timeless beauty. The emerging tourism from all over the world has thrived countless new upscale restaurants, salons, art galleries, boutiques, breweries and what not! Even after being added to the list of 'modern cities', Charleston happily reserves the right to be called as a beautiful old-style town.

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Currency in Charleston

USD is the only currency used, and can be exchanged easily with any currency. Banks in Charleston are open on weekdays from 9:00 - 17:00.

Exchanging Money in Charleston

For changing currency, there are many banks and currency exchanges in the city. Still, the best option is to withdraw the local currency from ATMs which are available throughout the city. It is advised to make it clear with your bank about their policies prior to your trip.

Daily Budget for Charleston

For food, drinks, transportation and entertainment, the estimate daily expenses for a budget traveller would be around USD 55 - 60; for Mid-ranged budget USD 130 - 150; and for luxury travellers the cost would be above USD 300.

Religion of Charleston

The religions followed by the people of Charleston are varied forms of Christianity (Catholicism, Baptism, Methodism, Presbyterianism, etc.), LDS, an eastern faith and Islam.

Charleston Customs

If you have a booking with an upscale restaurant, you're expected to dress-up in a business-casual attire. Exploring the city area requires intensive walking, so it's better to wear comfortable footwear all the time. You must pay atleast 15% of your total bill to the waiting staff as a tip.

Language of Charleston

Most of the locals can communicate in English. There are minor groups of people who speak in Gullah, Spanish or French. But they're less in number, so you can easily go with Standard American or British English.

History of Charleston

The city was established on the west bank of Ashley river in 1670. In its earliest times, it was called 'Charles Towne', which now has become 'Charleston'. The grown settlement moved towards the peninsula by 1680. A fortified wall was constructed by the English colonists sometime around 1690, which was diminished around 1720. The cobblestone streets from this era are still there in the city, remarking the English walled town. Charleston was acquired back in the Civil War, luckily without much damage to the properties. Charleston was the first city to pass a Historical Preservation Ordinance in the United States; as a result of which most of the historic architectures have been successfully preserved till date.

Nightlife in Charleston

Charleston has got a thrilling nightlife, mainly concentrated around the market area, East Bay Street and King Street area. The top-rated spots include Voodoo Tiki Bar, Recovery Room Tavern (Dive Bar), Wet Willies, The Blind Tiger, and The First Shot Bar.

Shopping in Charleston

The Market area is a shopping destination being the most popular among tourists. There is a huge string of shops, selling a wide variety of stuff. Sweetgrass crafts and gel candles with seashells are some popular souvenirs to take away as a memory from Charleston. For upscale shopping, head to the downtown area, where you can find several shops along the King Street.

Restaurants and Local Food in Charleston

The dining scene in Charleston has so much to offer that you'd never find yourself empty-stomach. Some of the most iconic dishes in the city are she crab soup, boiled peanuts, grits, shrimps, and oyester roasts. Some great eating joints and restaurants to try in Charleston are Peninsula Grill, Oyster House, Circa 1886 Restaurant, Charleston Grill and Lee's.
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How To Reach Charleston

Charleston is connected to the world with an airport 12 miles northwest of downtown. There is an Amtrak Train Station located 10 miles north of downtown for people travelling from another US city. The main bus station is the Greyhound Station situated in North Charleston.

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