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With its warm climate and laid-back vibe, South Carolina rolls out the welcome mat year-round. This itinerary will take you along the Palmetto State’s coast, with ample opportunity to stop on sandy beaches or take breaks at fascinating destinations along the way.


Lighthouse and restaurant reflected on calm inlet.

1. Hilton Head Island

Starting Point • Entertainment, Nature, Sports

Start your trip off in style on Hilton Head Island, known for its lovely beaches, ample outdoor activities and verdant golf courses. The subtropical climate makes this a popular destination throughout the year, though the 12 miles of beaches are certainly at their most crowded during the summer months. Golfers won’t want to miss Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, which offers three championship courses.


2. Charleston

Drive 113 miles, 2 hours, 11 minutes • History

One of the oldest cities in the United States, dating back to 1670, Charleston attracts visitors with its Georgian, Antebellum and Victorian architecture, not to mention excellent restaurants, clean beaches and great year-round weather. Don’t miss the 17th-century Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon building and the historic seawall promenade of the Battery, lined with lovely estates. It’s also worth taking a stroll through the 1676 Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.


Recommended Stopovers

Oak Plantation Campground • Charleston, SC – (843)766-5936

The Campground At James Island County Park • Charleston, SC – (843)795-4386


Ferris wheel covered in lights spins on a seashore.

3. Myrtle Beach

Drive 95.2 miles, 2 hours, 9 minutes • Outdoor Recreation, Quirky, Sports

Among the most popular beach destinations on the East Coast, this seaside town is popular with vacationing families because of its welcoming shore and kid-friendly activities. Check out Ripley’s Aquarium & WonderWorks, an adventure park with rope courses, laser tag and sealife exhibits that give visitors a close glimpse of sharks and rays.  Adults will appreciate the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, which showcases a large collection of works from Southern artists, and the area’s many golf courses, notably Burning Ridge Golf Club.