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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.