South Carolina

Travel Guide
Huntington Beach State Park which includes a beach and a sunset
Embrace the good life in South Carolina, where you can feast on perfectly barbecued meat, tee off in world-class golf courses and explore stunning coastal cities.

Roam along the glorious, golden coastline of South Carolina to visit picturesque Southern towns and idyllic beaches. Explore the midlands and mountain regions of the state for hearty Southern cuisine and breathtaking, untouched scenery.

The history of South Carolina is tied up with exploration, revolution and rebellion in America. Visit Native American sites such as Edisto Beach State Park or early colonial destinations such as Charles Towne Landing, where Europeans first settled in the state. The battleground on Kings Mountain marks a turning point in the War of Independence, while Charleston Harbor was where the Civil War started.

Soak up the atmosphere of charming Charleston. Wander around the historic French Quarter or take a campus tour of the picturesque College of Charleston to admire the elegant Southern architecture. The Charleston Museum examines the history of the region while the Gibbes Museum of Art offers American visual art within a stunning Beaux Arts building.

Sample the food scene in Charleston and dine in some of the South’s finest restaurants. Enjoy hearty classics such as shrimp and grits or fried chicken with collard greens.

While in the coastal region, spend some time on one of South Carolina’s beaches. Myrtle Beach is famed for its lively boardwalk with carnival rides. Escape to the scenic shores of Hunting Island and Hilton Head Island.

Golfers flock to South Carolina throughout the year to play 18 holes on hundreds of professional-standard courses. Take your clubs to the charming small city of Greenville for games in the scenic upstate region.

Head inland for hiking and driving through South Carolina’s spectacular scenery. In the midlands, follow the river through Congaree State Park in a canoe. Trek to the observation point in Caesars Head State Park for panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fly into Charleston or Myrtle Beach to land near the coast or choose Greenville Airport for the mountains. South Carolina is a year-round destination. Visit the mountains and beaches in summer, the historic homes in fall and winter or come in spring for golf.

Where to stay in South Carolina

Cherry Grove Pier featuring a beach and general coastal views

Cherry Grove Beach

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The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Cherry Grove Beach. A stop by Cherry Grove Oceanfront Park or Cherry Grove Beach might round out your trip.

Cherry Grove Beach
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Sea Pines

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While visiting Sea Pines, you might make a stop by sights like Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III and Harbour Town Golf Links.

Sea Pines
Edmonston-Alston House featuring a house

Downtown Charleston

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Explore the National Historic Landmark District, boasting an unparalleled collection of 18th and 19th-century architecture, including Charleston "single houses." Discover fine Greek Revival homes in Ansonborough and his