Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are available in all Charleston and Savannah urban areas. Be aware that if the ATM is not owned by your bank, not only will that ATM likely charge you a service fee, but your bank may charge you one as well.
While ATMs have made travelers checks less essential, travelers checks do have the important advantage of accessibility, as some rural and less-developed areas have few-to-no ATMs. You can purchase travelers checks at just about any bank.
Establishments in the United States only accept the national currency (the U.S. dollar). To exchange foreign money, go to any bank.
Generally, establishments that accept credit cards will feature stickers on the front entrance with the logo of the particular cards they accept, though this is not a legal requirement. The use of debit cards has dramatically increased in the United States. Most retail establishments and many fast-food chains are now accepting them. Make sure you get a receipt whenever you use a credit card or a debit card.
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition