Your Guide to Visiting Charleston
Your Guide to Visiting Charleston
Charleston is full of southern charm, romance, and mystery. It is perfectly set up to travel on foot, which is great for getting to all the different shops, restaurants, and activities. For 18 consecutive years, Charleston has been named a “Top 10” travel destination in the United States, so you know there must be a lot to see and do here. The team here at Charleston Culinary Tours is excited to show you the Holy City that we know and love. We put together this guide to help you prepare for your trip to Charleston.
#1 Best Time to Visit Charleston
The best time to visit Charleston is from March to May or from September to November when the temperatures are mild. The summer months can be really hot and humid. The busiest weekend in Charleston is Easer weekend, so hotel rates are much higher. The peak spring bloom of cherry trees, azaleas, and dogwoods is from mid-March to late April. Although it is the prettiest time of year, it also attracts a lot of tourists for that same reason. If you want to avoid swarms of tourists and the humid heat, then visit in the late fall or early winter.
#2 Getting to Charleston
Airports typically recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 2-3 hours before your scheduled departure time. It’s always best to arrive at the airport earlier rather than later. One way to save time at the airport before your flight is to reserve your airport parking online before you leave your home. Booking at least one month in advance will give you the most savings. It’s really easy to compare prices and book your parking spot. For example, if you are looking for Atlanta Airport parking, you simply put in your travel dates and departure airport, then you can compare the prices, choose covered or uncovered parking, and then book online in under 5 minutes.
The main airport in Charleston is the Charleston International Airport, located about 12 miles west of the city. The airport shuttle service has a $14 fare to hotels in downtown Charleston. The local bus, CARTA Route 11 Dorchester/Airport, serves the airport and runs directly into the downtown area (around 50 minutes).
#3 Find a Place to Stay
Many people find staying in the historic downtown district of Charleston is the most desirable location. There are several boutique hotels and they are located near the best fine dining restaurants and shopping areas. These hotels are more expensive than staying outside of the historic district, although on the plus side you won’t need a rental car. If you want to find a great deal for a hotel, check out a comparison site like Expedia for a good rate.
#4 What to Pack
The Charleston style is conservative and classic. Most people are fairly casual during the day and a little dressier for a nice restaurant. The weather in Charleston is typically hot and humid, so you will want to pack accordingly. Keep your clothing comfortable and light with comfortable shoes for walking around.
#5 Choosing Things to Do
Charleston tour guides have all gone through rigorous training, so it is really worth it to go on a tour of the city. They share all about the history, show you hidden gems, and give you great ideas for things to visit later. Then, check out one of the beautiful plantations outside of downtown Charleston to see the gorgeous scenery in the Lowcountry and learn more about the history of slavery in Charleston. If you want to learn why the cuisine and cocktail scene in Charleston is world-renowned, then you should experience a culinary tour with us. Take a Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour if you want a taste of Charleston’s history mixed with the delicious Lowcountry cuisine. You can also take a Mixology Tour to learn how to make some of Charleston’s most exciting drinks.