South Carolina Vacation & Travel Guide

South Carolina - From Table Rock in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the wide sandy beaches of the States breathtaking coastline, the Palmetto State is perfect for a great holiday. From the crystal clear water of Lake Jocassee to the cobblestone streets of historic Charleston. From more than 360 emerald green golf courses to 47 unique and beautiful State Parks, from quaint small towns to the historic cities like Charleston with an abundance of incredible shopping, entertainment and night life South Carolina really has something to offer every traveller.

 

Explore the State

 

To help you get started on your exploration of the state, we’ve defined 11 South Carolina tourism regions listed under the 3 different headings below, From the rolling farms of the Thoroughbred Country to the lakes and foothills of The Upcountry to the fun and frivolity found in the Islands and Coast.

 

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The Upcountry - Waterfalls and White-Water

A land of rugged forested mountains, scenic lakes, rushing white-water rapids and cascading waterfalls, South Carolina's Upcountry is a favourite outdoor adventure, family holiday and day trip destination.

Thoroughbred Country - Lakes and Blackwater Rivers

The beautiful lakes and rivers of South Carolina of the state’s Lakes and Blackwater Rivers area make the Palmetto State a premier water sports and world-class hunting and fishing destination. In charming Old South towns throughout the region you'll encounter the rich history and culture of America's past.

Islands and Coast

A step above the rest, SC beaches and resort islands offer visitors more than just miles of beautiful white sand beaches. With its rich history, amazing natural wonders, inviting culture, beach resorts and family attractions, the South Carolina coast is one of the most popular seaside destinations in the US.

 

See & Do

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Have you ever stood in the shadow of a thousand-year-old live oak tree draped in veils of Spanish moss?, wandered along a mountain trail through an ancient forest, or strolled the cobblestone streets of one of the nation's first Colonial cities? Have you ever walked along a white sand beach that seemed like it went on forever or traversed the South Carolinas foothill terrain, sparkling lakes and hidden waterfalls? Ever shopped at a flea market  for fresh produce, antiques or one-of-a-kind items? These are just a very few of the things to do in South Carolina – and we haven’t even talked about the 368 golf courses or the 47 State Parks.

To follow are a few of the amazing things to see and do and help you discover why South Carolina really is made for vacation...

Beaches

What is it about South Carolina beaches that make them so special? Well, it starts with variety. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a family-friendly destination filled with fun and adventure, the beaches in South Carolina offer a million ways to relax and have fun. All it takes is one visit to a South Carolina beach to see why people everywhere say that South Carolina is made for vacation.

Scenic Highways

Americans love their cars, and the real reasons behind that passion are the incredible South Carolina scenic byways, highways and backroads of South Carolina. Getting off the interstate and venturing down these winding wonders will take you places and show you sights you never knew existed. Scenic South Carolina drives will captivate your imagination and stir your spirit of adventure.

Attractions

One of the best things about South Carolina attractions is the wide range you’ll find running all across the state. From museums to water parks, raceways to aquariums, beaches to rugged mountain beauty to open air markets – it’s all waiting for you to explore and enjoy

Golf

With over 360 championship calibre South Carolina golf courses, this is truly a state that’s just right for golf. From the breathtaking views and elevation changes of the mountain courses, to the gorgeous South Carolina golf course layouts along the lakes, rivers and beaches across the state, you’ll find that some of the best courses in the country are right here in South Carolina.

Parks

The National Parks and State Forest of South Carolina are breathtaking.  Battlefields, military sites, historic patriot trails, natural scenic wonders, wildlife habitats in swamplands, mountain and coastal forests, bird-watching, nature study, photography, fishing, scenic outdoor attractions and white-water rafting are just a few of the many adventures you can enjoy. 

Outdoor

From "the most beautiful mountain lake in the nation" to the white sand beaches and islands of the South Carolina coast to our 368 emerald green golf courses, the remarkable beauty of the South Carolina outdoors invites you to relax and play in the scenic natural wonder that is the Palmetto State.

Family Travel

South Carolina is a perfect holiday destination for families from fun filled days on the beach to musical shows, children’s museums, fishing piers, mini-golf, amusement parks and countless other family-friendly attractions you will always find something to keep the little ones occupied.

Shopping

From glittering metropolitan department stores to roadside stands to out-of-the-way antique shops, in South Carolina you’ll find an endless variety of ways to satisfy your shopping appetite!

Food, Wine & Beer

When you visit South Carolina, be sure to bring your appetite for southern cooking. Whether you’re visiting the Upstate, the Low country or places in between, you’re sure to discover and savour one incredible South experience after another.

History & Heritage

While South Carolina is perhaps most often associated with the Civil War, you’ll be amazed by the depth and breadth of our history, the number of remarkable South Carolina historic sites, and the extensive role South Carolina has played in shaping the nation.

Arts & Entertainment 

South Carolina museums, performing arts centres and fine arts theatres that grace our historic cities and towns. And you’ll discover that honouring creativity and celebrating the arts is a longstanding South Carolina tradition.

 

South Carolina Weather

Beautiful summers and mild winters. Stunning fall foliage in autumn and glowing green countryside in the spring - South Carolina offers sensational weather year-round, and that means you can plan your vacation to the Palmetto State whenever it’s convenient for you.

When it gets cool, replace the winter blues with our golf course greens. In the summer, soak up the coastal sunshine on some of the best beaches on the East Coast. And discover the beauty of fall foliage in South Carolina state parks when October rolls around.

No matter when you plan to visit, the weather in South Carolina offers a warm sun, cool breeze or beautiful scenic view to welcome the dog days of summer or say goodbye to old man winter.

Normal High/Low Temperatures for Various South Carolina Cities

                         Jan      Feb     Mar       Apr     May      Jun      Jul      Aug     Sep     Oct      Nov      Dec
Charleston    59/37  62/39  69/46  76/52  83/61  88/68  91/72  89/72  85/67  77/55  70/46  62/39
Columbia      55/34  60/36  67/44  76/51  83/60  89/68  92/72  90/71  85/65  76/52  67/43  58/36
Greenville      50/31  55/34  63/40  71/47  78/56  85/64  89/69  87/68  81/62  71/50  61/41  53/34
Hilton Head   59/48  61/41  68/48  76/56  83/64  87/70  89/74  89/74  85/69  77/59  69/49  61/42
Myrtle Beach  57/34  61/37  68/44  75/50  82/59  88/67  91/71  89/70  85/65  76/53  69/44  60/37

In the summer, South Carolina is hot and humid with daytime temperatures averaging near 90 °F (32 °C) across most of the state with overnight lows near 70 °F (21 °C).

Winter temperatures are much less uniform. Coastal areas of the state have very mild winters with high temperatures averaging near 60 °F (16 °C) and overnight lows near 38 °F (3 °C). Further inland in the Piedmont, temperatures average between 55 °F (13 °C) during the day and 34 °F (1 °C) at night.

South Carolina State Parks

Stunning forested mountains and towering waterfalls, blackwater rivers and scenic inland lakes, white sand beaches and ancient island shores, treasured American historic sites and priceless cultural treasures.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sand dunes of the Atlantic, South Carolina State Parks protect some of the most inviting natural, cultural and recreational destinations in the US.

 

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