Find helpful information on historic Charleston SC including area maps, local weather details, and travel guides to help you get to and around Charleston.
Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina and has a population of approximately 135,000. The Charleston downtown is on a peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper rivers which flow into the Atlantic and is protected from the ocean by surrounding islands. The city is an important port, boasting the second largest container seaport on the East Coast and the fourth largest in North America. Charleston is known as the "Holy City" because of the prevalence of church steeples that dot the city’s skyline and the fact that it was one of the few places in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance to the Huguenots and Jews.
The Charleston Peninsula is made up of 5 distinct neighborhoods: The Boroughs, Harleston Village, The Business District also called the Shopping District, The French Quarter and South of Broad.
For other helpful maps including maps to help you locate public restrooms, public parking garages, beaches, and attractions, visit our historic Charleston Maps page.
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Charleston has a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. The daily high temperatures average around 75°F and daily low temperatures average around 56°F. The hot season runs from May 27th until September 18th with July 23 being the hottest day of the year. The cool season runs from December 1st until March 2nd with January 17th being the coldest day of the year. Charleston experiences high dew points for about 6 months of the year from the first of May until the end of October. During these months, the humidity comfort level can range from muggy to oppressive.
|Days with Precipitation||119|
|Average Yearly Rainfall(inches)||50.9|
|Days with temps above 90°||53|
|Number of sunny days during an average summer month||18|
|Number of sunny days during an average winter month||15|
|Wettest months||July & August|
|Driest months||October & November|
For further information on Charleston weather including monthly average temps, monthly average precipitation, and seasonal conditions, visit the Charleston Weather page.
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Charleston is centrally located on the South Carolina coast and a short drive from many East Coast cities. Visitors can take Interstate 95 and then Interstate 26 into Charleston.
Travelers can also fly non-stop from 23 airports and 17 cities in the U.S. to the recently renovated Charleston International Airport.
Other options for traveling to Charleston include Greyhound Buses and Amtrak Trains. Both the Amtrak and Greyhound stations are located in North Charleston, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston.
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If you are trying to get around Charleston, one of the easiest ways is to take a taxi-cab. Cabs are an inexpensive way to get around the city and you can choose from several types including the standard taxicab, a Rickshaw Taxi, or the Charleston Water Taxi.
You may also want to consider renting a car, but you should first check with your hotel to see if they charge for parking. If they do, then free street parking or nearby parking garages could save you a considerable amount of money.
A fun way to get around Charleston and take in some of the sights and attractions is the Low Country Loop Trolley. This Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley Tour is great for first time visitors or visitors without a car.
Another cheap and easy way to get around Charleston is to ride CARTA - The Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority. They offer a free downtown shuttle in the historic district, and there are also numerous other bus routes in the area.
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