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South Carolina’s second largest city is the quintessential southern town, where carriage tours clip-clop across cobbles and gorgeous pre-Civil War architecture is everywhere. This is a city for summer, when flowers bloom on every corner and the locals spend their evenings enjoying food and drink in the warm night air. It’s little surprise that this history-packed city is one of the south’s most popular tourist destinations.
Rent a car in Charleston and you can explore this beautiful city at the slow and steady pace it deserves. Plus, you can easily create a city-hopping itinerary. You could jump the border to Charlotte or Jacksonville, about three hours north, or head west and combine a tour of Atlanta’s world-beating music scene with a stop off at the Native American burial mounds in Macon.
Most visitors to Charleston will fly into Charleston International Airport. It’s not far from the city centre: book your hire car in advance and you can be driving into town in about 20 minutes. Atlanta International Airport is another option, at around four hours’ drive away.
Book a rental car in Charleston and you can choose from plenty of trusted and reliable providers. Well-known brands include Avis, Hertz, Alamo and Thrifty, all of which have a presence at Charleston International Airport.
It would be easy to spend a good few days just wandering Charleston’s beautiful streets, smelling the flowers and enjoying some great southern cuisine. But this city is also full of history, especially from the period leading up to and during the Civil War. Take a boat trip out to Fort Sumter, where the war’s first shot was fired, and take the guided tour. You’ll be taught about the events leading up the war, and how it shaped life in the city for the next four years and beyond.
Back on the mainland, Charleston has some great museums and galleries. If you can only see one, make it the Gibbes Museum of Art, which features American works with a focus on the history and culture of the south. Or, for a more historical focus, head to the Confederacy Museum. Here, you’ll find relics from the Civil War, all of which were donated by Charleston’s returning soldiers.
The city is also home to the oldest public gardens in the US, the Magnolia Plantation. It’s a beautiful place, alive with sweet-smelling flowers and southern wildlife, with an on-site zoo, and an impeccably preserved main house. Of course, like many such sites, the plantation was heavily involved in the slave trade. If you’d like to learn more about the subject, you can take a sombre and eye-opening tour of the original slave dwellings, which still stand in the grounds.
Driven in the US before? There’s no need to expect anything out of the ordinary in Charleston. Remember to keep your licence, ID and insurance documents in the car with you at all times, as you’ll be required to produce them if you’re pulled over.
Feeling inspired to see Charleston or the rest of the US for yourself? Start your research with this Charleston city guide, and then use the Expedia travel tool to find all the best deals on flights and hotels, as well as information on the most popular attractions.
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You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
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Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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