A city with a charming Southern atmosphere, Charleston is known for its architecture and history. It often tops lists of popular travel destinations.
Charleston is located on South Carolina's Atlantic coast at the confluence of the Ashley, Cooper, and Wando rivers. It is South Carolina's largest city but not its capital.
The city's fine natural harbor facilitated its economic growth throughout its history and today it is the second largest container port on the East Coast and the fourth largest in the United States.
Its harbor has also made the city strategically important. However, Charleston's role as a military city ended in 1996 with the closure of its Navy base.
Gentrification beginning in the 1990s has led to a diverse population. About 150,000 people live in the city.
Charleston has a humid subtropical climate with short mild winters and humid summers. Indeed, it remains warm in Charleston through the fall and snow is rare even in the winter.
The currency is the United States dollar. Credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted and seemingly are almost preferred.
Above: Charleston's City Hall was built in 1801.
Below: The impressive Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge spans the Cooper River connecting Charleston to neighboring Mount Pleasant.
Cruise destination - Charleston, South Carolina, United States - Charleston Overview