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Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston offers all the charm and style of the old south. One of the best-preserved cities in America, you'll find 73 pre-Revolutionary War buildings, 136 from the late 18th century, and more than 600 built before the 1840s. You can step into the past down its cobblestone streets or ride in a horse-drawn carriage. And breathe in the fragrant jasmine and wisteria scent of one of the most graceful cities in America.

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Charleston, South Carolina

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

One of the best places to experience what Charleston has to offer is the Battery, also known as White Point Gardens. On the end of the peninsula, looking out towards the harbour, you'll find a beautiful park with walkways featuring war monuments and other relics. Walk along the water, taking in the view of Fort Sumter while you absorb local history and atmosphere.

Sporting Adventures

Golf must be the most popular sport in all of Charleston. You'll find some of the world's top courses nearby, offering challenging terrain with breathtaking sea views. Choose from traditional or links-style courses in tightly wooded, low-country layouts. No matter what your handicap, or what type of course you prefer, you'll find a great game near Charleston.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

She-crab soup is a traditional Charleston delicacy you'll find in restaurants and cafes throughout the city. Made with crab roe, cream and sherry, it is a rich, creamy, delicious soup so good you'll want to come back to Charleston just to have it again.

Shopping for Bargains

Charleston shopping offers something for everyone. From upmarket shopping on King Street and at Charleston Place to the local crafts and antiques of Old City Market, if you want it, you can find it here. Traditional sweetgrass baskets, an art form brought over from Africa by slaves, are a unique choice. Still made locally, they can be found at craft shops and in Old City Market and make a lovely reminder of a memorable visit.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the US dollar (USD).

Weather in Charleston, South Carolina


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 34.6° 1.44°
Average Low 18.1° -7.72°
Mean Temperature 26° -3.33°
Record High 71° 21.67°
Record Low -27° -32.78°
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 2 in 5.08 cm

Before You Visit

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