Charleston (United States)

Charleston Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Ken Lund

Southern charm

Smallish town in South Carolina that was site of the first shots in the American Civil War
US tourist favorite with historical sights like the Battery and Fort Sumter
Romantic getaway: streets lined with oak trees and old mansions

Charleston (pop. 125,583) is a coastal town in the US state of South Carolina that is best known for being the place where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired after South Carolina voted to secede from the Union.

The town is an American tourist hotspot and it's not hard to see why: its people are friendly and the town has an easy-going atmosphere, as well as a climate that will make you wonder whether they have heard of the concept of "winter" here. But most importantly it has a history going back to 1670 with the sights to show for it. Those sights include Fort Sumter, the island out in the harbor where the Civil War started, and the Battery. The latter is a fortified seawall that nowadays serves as a promenade and is lined with antebellum mansions. Connected to it is the White Point Garden, a waterfront park that is great for a lazy stroll in the shade of towering oak trees on a hot sunny day.

Charleston often seems to make it to "most romantic places to visit" lists. Walking around in White Point Gardens may give you a clue as to why that is, but to fully appreciate it you will need to explore its downtown areas. Charleston has no high buildings other than the churches which dominate its skyline, and the historic Broad Street and surrounding neighbourhoods offer a charm that is not often found in this part of the world.

Broad Street, the South of Broad neighbourhood and French Quarter (which technically is "north of Broad"..) are home to Victorian mansions and colonial buildings (like the Old Exchange building) that are perfectly glued together by sculpted gardens and the sight of oak trees hanging in arches over the streets. In fact, the whole town feels a bit like a garden lined with sights. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Charleston is a city in United States's region of South Carolina. It has a population of 125,583, is situated at an altitude of 13ft and the best airport to fly into is CHS (Charleston, Afb Municipal, Charleston)
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

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Charleston Weather

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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