Experience Charleston with us

There are reasons aplenty why tourists from all over the world gravitate towards the charming city of Charleston. The old-world cobblestone streets, historic homes, imposing mansions, buzzing restaurant and pub scene, and eclectic art are just some of the draws that ensure that you’re never bored, whether it’s your first visit or your tenth! With Charleston sightseeing tours and tickets, get ready to tick top attractions like the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Joe Riley Waterfront Park, the Charleston City Market, Fort Sumter National Monument, Boone Hill Plantation & Gardens and more off your bucket list. Explore the city on walking tours, bus tours and horse-drawn carriage tours, and book packages that include the services of local guides, transportation, audio guides, meals and admissions to top Charleston attractions.
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Our tips for Charleston

  • Take a horse-drawn carriage tour. There’s no better way to experience the southern charms of Charleston than on a horse-drawn carriage tour. Step into a bygone era as you explore the city on a carriage. Keep your camera handy as you’ll definitely want to capture many a fun moment and atmospheric scene.
  • Accommodation. Pick hotels with free breakfasts, happy hours and special offers. A quick search online can yield some pretty awesome deals that will help you save a ton of dough. And if you’re cash-strapped and on a budget, then visit in July and August to avail the lowest hotel rates.
  • Charleston Museum. Spend an afternoon in a museum that’s anything but stuffy or old school. Explore the contemporary structure and tranquil inner courtyard and check out the suspended whale that swam into Charleston’s harbor in 1880.

Good to know

Charleston is renowned for its meticulously preserved historical architecture. Within the city's historic district, you'll discover a rich array of 18th and 19th-century structures, including exemplary styles like Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival. Charleston holds the distinction of being the oldest city in South Carolina, tracing its origins back to its founding in 1670. It also ranks among the United States' most venerable cities. In the annals of the American Revolution, Charleston played a pivotal role. Notably, the Battle of Sullivan's Island, fought in proximity to Charleston in 1776, marked a decisive early victory for the American colonies. During the antebellum era, Charleston thrived as a focal point of plantation culture. Situated on the coastal region, the city's prominence in the cultivation of crops like rice and indigo significantly bolstered the area's prosperity. Fort Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, serves as a historic site where the initial shots of the American Civil War were discharged. This pivotal moment in history unfolded on April 12, 1861, as Confederate forces launched an attack on the fort, sparking the commencement of the Civil War.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Charleston?

    The best time to visit Charleston is from March to May and from September to November as the weather is just right for sightseeing and the pretty magnolia trees are in bloom. However, this is also peak tourist season and hotel rates are high (especially around Easter). So if you’re on a budget, it’s best to visit in the late fall or early winter.

  • Q: How do I get around?

    There’s no dearth of options when it comes to getting around Charleston. While it is an absolute delight to explore the city on foot, there are other economical options like buses, pedicabs and bikes. You can always hail a taxi or book an Uber and Lyft. The bike share scheme in the city is convenient and popular and rates start from US$8/hour or US$12 for a day pass (there are monthly and annual passes too). If you’re planning to take the bus, consider getting a bus pass as you need to carry the exact change otherwise. A one-day pass is roughly uS$7, so if you’re watching your budget, this is the perfect way to travel.

  • Q: What are the must-see attractions in Charleston?

    Among the noteworthy points of interest in Charleston are The Battery, historic plantations such as Boone Hall and Middleton Place, Fort Sumter, the Charleston City Market, and the iconic Rainbow Row.

  • Q: What are the best beaches near Charleston?

    Charleston boasts a variety of scenic beaches, with Folly Beach and Isle of Palms standing out as the favored choices among visitors. These shores provide ample opportunities for enjoying sunshine, sandy shores, and engaging in water-based activities.

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