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Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

When azalea buds burst with color, spring is officially sprung and doors open at scores of private residences for the Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual tour of houses and gardens. The sound of standing ovations says it’s late spring, and Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto – the annual compendiums of acclaimed international and regional artists – enliven the area’s theaters, churches, parks, galleries, sidewalks and event venues with 17 days of performances. Sand between the toes means summer is in full swing, and family vacations are unfolding at area beaches. The scent of oysters roasting beneath wet burlap is synonymous with fall. Come during the Christmas season to experience some of the USA's most historic homes and beloved plantations illuminated with candlelight, starlight and the sounds of spiritual music. No matter what the month, there’s always something special waiting to be discovered.
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Passport / Visa

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
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