Charleston is a remarkable town with more charm and flavor in one city block than most place have in their entire city. The historic buildings and beautiful gardens, along with its great independent art community, have helped Charleston become one of the nation's most visited cities. After three centuries of wars, epidemics, fires and natural disasters, Charleston remains one of the South's best-preserved cities and consequently a wonderful place to visit or live.
Driving is by far the most popular way to get around Charleston, however it is recommended to walk or take public transit around the historic downtown area. The city operates a public transportation system known as CARTA (Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority), which includes bus service throughout the city and trolley service in the historic downtown area. Simply know as DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle), the trolleys offer connections to popular restaurants, area beaches, shopping & entertainment venues, hotels and historic sites. A trolley pass and a little walking is by far the best way to explore Charleston’s historic streets.