Explore Charleston

Charleston is an ideal city to explore on foot — past 18th-century mansions along the waterfront, or down quiet streets dotted with boutique shops, restaurants, and cafes. Don’t forget to turn off the main road — little detours often lead to the best discoveries.
– Condé Nast Traveler


Charleston is one of America’s most popular destinations, winning praise from visitors around the world attracted by the city’s unparalleled beauty, charm, and wealth of attractions. In 2012, Charleston was named in the number one travel destination in the World by Condé Nast Traveler readers, and Best Southern City by readers of Southern Living, among countless accolades.


Plan your visit to take advantage of some of the area’s unique offerings: Step inside an exquisitely preserved historic home. Join a tour of the storied remains of Fort Sumter. Explore the pristine beaches of the South Carolina coast. Play golf among palm trees and pelicans. Encounter alligators on an adventure cypress swamp tour. Sample Charleston’s signature Lowcountry cuisine in one of the city’s many award-winning eateries. Whether you are a visitor or a local, there is no better time of year to experience beautiful Charleston.


Downtown Charleston is a walking city, with short distances between notable attractions including some of the most beautiful architecture, public squares and gardens found in the U.S. Park your car in one of the city’s many lots and garages, head out with your camera, and explore.

Conveniently, CARTA operates a downtown shuttle service (DASH) that connects major sites including the South Carolina Aquarium, Waterfront Park, the Battery, Marion Square and the Visitor Center. One-day and three-day passes are available, and can be purchased at the Visitor Center, 375 Meeting Street, 843.724.7174.


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