With its grand homes and fascinating past, Charleston is a history lover’s dream. But you don’t have to be stuck in the past to enjoy this Southern Belle. There’s plenty of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Being located in the south, Charleston benefits from mild winters and long, hot summers. It can get a little chilly at times in the coldest months, but it rarely snows. However, you should expect some rain in the summer, with most of the annual rainfall coming between June and September.
In terms of visitor numbers, the city is busiest in the summer period. With a range of things to do and see, including important historical monuments, it’s a popular family holiday destination.
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There are numerous direct flights to Charleston from other US destinations.
Charleston International Airport is the main air hub serving the city, located out on International Boulevard. Numerous major domestic carriers operate flights in and out of the airport, as well a selection of international options.
The airport is easily accessed by taxi, which are readily available outside the terminal building. A fare to downtown will cost somewhere between $25 and $30. Alternatively, you can also take one of the shuttles which are about half the price. The cheapest option is the bus, which will take you to the center of the city for a couple of dollars.
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Charleston is a city that is equally well explored by car or on foot. While there is a public bus service, it doesn’t compare all that favorably to many other cities in the US and it’s not always an ideal way of getting around. Taxis are safe and cheap but can be hard to find unless you prearrange or have your hotel call one for you.
There are some historic bus tours for tourists, and even horse drawn carriages. But it is easy enough to explore most of the main historical sites on foot. You can do thisindependantly or as part of a walking tour.
One of the many walking tours is a good place to start, giving you a broad grounding of the historical importance of Charleston and its place in US history. You’ll explore the mansions, gardens and war sites that dot this city and help create its unique atmosphere. Some of the key attractions include the Charleston Museum and Fort Sumter, the site of the start of the Civil War.
The French Quarter and the Market are other highlights, and it’s worth checking out some of the city’s many churches. Many of these were set up by people fleeing persecution in their own land and stand as a landmark to Charleston’s famed hospitality.
It’s worth checking the weather before you pay for your airfare to Charleston SC as it can be in the line of big storms during hurricane season.
Most northerners will find Charleston balmy but beautiful any time of year, but the unquestionable high season is spring. People flock to Charleston from April through June to enjoy weather that’s comfortably warm and sunny, and to stroll the downtown historic district while the city’s renowned gardens are in bloom. The biggest event is the Spoleto Festival in May and June. More than 30 years old, the annual art and music gathering wraps up downtown Charleston for more than two weeks. Home and garden buffs should come in mid-April, when the Garden Club of Charleston leads house and garden tours through normally private residences.
Summer and fall offer a good alternative to the spring high season, but plan some beach or water park time in July and August, when the weather is downright sweltering. Charleston still draws big crowds around holidays like Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July—all usually offering little festivals or community gatherings in the park.
The winter low season sees far fewer crowds, and the weather can be cool and rainy, though not freezing (temperatures generally hover around 60 degrees). Especially popular is Christmastime, when the picturesque historic district is draped in a cloak of holiday lights and gracious living is at its most quaint.
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