One of the oldest cities in the United States, Charleston is a city rich in history, with a rich music scene, historical architecture, and unique Southern charm. Rated “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel and Leisure in 2011, Charleston has a reputation for hospitality and politeness. Attractions in Charleston include the Charleston Museum (America’s First Museum), the Gibbes Museum of Art, Fort Sumter, The Battery, and Rainbow Row.
Transportation in and Around Charleston
Charleston features an extensive bus system operated by the Charleston Area Regional Transport Authority, connecting to the city’s historic downtown and commercial district. Visitors may also use the DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) trolley buses, which feature three trolley lines that are free to ride to the major shops and attractions.
As one of the largest ports in the United States, the Port of Charleston also features five terminals for water traffic, including the cruise ship passenger terminal at Union Pier. Visitors looking for a change of pace when moving around the city can even take a Charleston Water Taxi for a $10 all-day pass. The Charleston Water Taxis double as both a means of transportation and a sight-seeing service, offering dolphin watch and sightseeing cruises.
Road traffic in Charleston tends to concentrate on the I-26 going toward Columbia during the morning rush hours, especially during the summer months when tourist traffic is up. Visitors looking to drive in Charleston but avoid the brunt of the I-26 traffic might try SC-176 as an alternative route.
Houston Northcutt Boulevard is also subject to some intense driving traffic, as is the I-526 off US 17. For visitors to Charleston looking to avoid the pitfalls of driving in the city, the Metropolitan Shuttle features charter buses for easy transportation all around the city.
Music and Theater in Charleston
Annual Events in Charleston
- Spoleto Festival USA
- Cooper River Bridge Run
- Holiday Festival of Lights
- Charleston Boat Show
- Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
- Charleston Marathon
Colleges and Universities
- The Citadel
- College of Charleston
- American College of the Building Arts
- Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston Sports Teams
- The Charleston Battery
- The Charleston RiverDogs
- The South Carolina Stingrays
- The Charleston Outlaws RFC
Conference and Convention Venues
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