Morehead, KY

#1 Aug 1, 2014
Where's a safe area to stay in downtown Charleston. Is there a area I shouldn't go to while visiting?
Old Charlestonian

Miami, FL

#2 Aug 2, 2014
Although there are several places in the city that offer lodging for visits, the area around the Charleston City Marina has more choices. Rates vary. I suggest you check Expedia dot com, Price line dot com, or even Trip Advisor dot com. There you can also be quotes rates.

Safe areas in the city: At night, the risk of danger increases. The market area (more touristy) is relatively safe in the evening hours. But late into the night, not so. Best advice, anything on the west side on the cross town (Highway 17 that runs through the city), avoid. There are low income projects in the area behind the McDonalds (around the Hardees, Wendys, etc) that are risky on weekends and during evening hours. The Battery (White Point Gardens - on the harbor) is safe. Waterfront Park is safe during the day and early evening hours. Downtown on King Street is safe - but do not venture too far west on King Street or Meeting Street past Calhoun Street at night (Calhoun St runs North to South right through the heart of the city itself and by the College of Charleston.

Walking through the historical districts ( both commercial and residential) in the day time is a great experience .. lots of old colonial era homes. Just be mindful of the narrow streets and traffic.

If you need alternate places to stay because this is peak tourist season in the area, Mt. Pleasant (which is right across the river - North of the city - is a good area and is actually safer than the city itself. Its the area where the Naval Museum is located.

Hope this helps. And enjoy your visit.

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