Charleston is a city for the senses, and one best explored by foot or on bike, at a pace where you can pay attention. Founded 96 years before the birth of the United States itself, Charleston is full of carefully constructed buildings and picturesque parks, quaint neighborhoods and award-winning restaurants — all of which have a story to tell.

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Spring (March – May) and fall (Sept. – Nov.) see the most temperate weather, with mild temperatures and less humidity. However, these are peak seasons and crowds and prices increase. Summer months can be sweltering. 


Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa. 
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available. 
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccinationproof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. Get updated guidance on health and safety, as well as reopening information from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.


Getting Here: Charleston is served by Charleston International Airport (CHS). 
Getting Around: Charleston’s Historic District is easily explored on foot. Within town, it’s easy to hop on the free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH), or ride the public bus, operated by CARTA (Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority). To travel further afield, consider ride shares or a car rental.


Local Lingo: You might hear a few of these words or phrases thrown around in Charleston; here’s what they mean. Holy City: Charleston’s nickname. USC: University of South Carolina (Go, Gamecocks!); The Joe: Joe Riley Stadium, home to the Charleston RiverDogs baseball club. Palmetto Bugs: Flying cockroaches — and yes, they’re as awful as it sounds. Rickshaw: Bike taxi. 
Must-Have Apps: UberHistoric Charleston
Insider Tips: Itching to get on the water? The Charleston Water Taxi is a fun and inexpensive way to see Charleston from the water, enjoying views of the harbor and the stunning Ravenel Bridge.