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Sandwiched between North Carolina and Georgia, South Carolina is the epitome of the USA’s Deep South. It might be the smallest state in the region, but this place certainly packs a punch. You can expect to find historical cities, soaring mountains, fantastic cuisine and – naturally – warm Southern hospitality. And, as an added bonus, South Carolina has a 200-mile coastline with some knockout beaches. So if you’re looking for a combination of cultural sites and sun-soaked sands, a holiday to South Carolina should be on your list.

Postcard-worthy Charleston is ideal for history-lovers, with its pastel-coloured buildings and significant landmarks. Here, you’ll find the USA’s first ever theatre, and one of the oldest markets in the country. You can take a guided tour of the city, or hop between its boutiques and cafés. If you fancy a history lesson during your South Carolina holiday, make sure you visit Charleston’s Old Slave Mart Museum, or take a daytrip to one of the nearby ex-plantation houses.

Elsewhere, Myrtle Beach is best for families and water babies. Right by the Atlantic Ocean, this resort town has an impressive 60-mile swathe of beaches, perfect for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. And keen golfers will be in their element. Myrtle Beach in South Carolina has dozens of award-winning golf courses, including some of the best in the whole of the US. Or you could venture further south to Hilton Head Island. Near the Georgia border, this scenic isle is home to 12 miles of sandy beaches and 23 Championship golf courses.

Of course, wherever you go for your South Carolina holiday, you can look forward to mouthwatering cuisine. Make sure you try the classic dish of shrimp and grits, feast on crispy fried chicken, and tuck into juicy barbecued pork. And don’t miss the chance to have a bowl of Frogmore stew – a hearty speciality made with sausage, shrimp, corn on the cob and potatoes. Started drooling? Speak to our Travel Specialists to plan your trip to South Carolina. 

Charleston

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Charleston

The largest city in South Carolina, Charleston is a must-visit during your holiday. The charming streets are crammed with grand houses, ornate churches, and independent shops and cafés. And the city has plenty of history to boot, as Charleston Harbour was a major entry point for the trans-Atlantic slave trade during the 1800s.

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Pretty Charleston offers lots of things to do during your South Carolina trip. Take a guided city tour in a horse-drawn carriage to get your bearings, and find out more about the city’s past along the way. You can browse 300 stalls of local produce at Charleston City Market – one of the oldest in the USA – and hunt for treasure in King Street’s antique shops. Or why not catch a show at the country’s first theatre on Dock Street?

If you’re keen to learn more about South Carolina’s history, make sure you visit one of the ex-plantation houses near Charleston. A day tour will give great insight into the lives of both the plantation workers and owners. Magnolia Plantation is a popular choice, but Boone Hall Plantation is the most beautiful, as it comes complete with an oak-lined driveway and grand pillars.

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South Carolina’s beaches

With a 200-mile coastline brushed by the Atlantic Ocean, South Carolina has plenty of beaches. But Myrtle Beach is one of the best places to go. Boasting 60 miles of powder-soft sands, this resort town is suited to couples and families alike. You can swim in the sea, relax in the sunshine, and even learn to surf. There are lots of attractions for kids, too, including an aquarium and the impressive Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, which has panoramic sea views. 

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Elsewhere, you might be surprised to learn that Charleston also has five lovely beach areas. Folly Beach features a picturesque pier and fantastic waves for surfing, while Sullivan’s Island is the top choice for watersports. You can go horse riding along the beaches of Seabrook Island, discover Kiawah Island’s untouched natural beauty, or go fishing off the coast of the Isle of Palms. Alternatively, head further south to Hilton Head Island’s – this idyllic spot is famous for its beaches and coastal marshes.

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Activities

South Carolina holidays serve up all sorts of activities – so you’ll have no trouble keeping busy while you’re away. Golf enthusiasts should make tracks for Myrtle Beach. This coastal town has more than 80 award-winning golf courses, with several having been designed by famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Larry Nelson. And 12 of them have been ranked among the USA’s top 100 public courses. So you can expect pristine fairways, immaculate greens and great views.

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If hiking is more your thing, though, you should head upstate to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sprawled across the northwest corner of South Carolina, these striking peaks are home to a variety of walking trails, which weave past rushing waterfalls and panoramic viewpoints. For the best vistas, hike to the top of Sassafras Mountain – it’s the highest point in South Carolina.

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Best time to visit South Carolina

Spring or autumn is the best time for your South Carolina holiday. Between March and May, temperatures generally hover between 18°C and 22°C – ideal for sightseeing in Charleston, playing golf on the coast, or hiking some of the trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Plus, if you travel in March, you’ll be able to experience Charleston Food & Wine Festival. Alternatively, you could visit South Carolina in September or October. This time of year is slightly warmer than spring, and you’ll be able to admire the trees’ colourful foliage.

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Like all Southern states, South Carolina is hot and humid in summer. July and August are the warmest months, with daytime temperatures averaging 30°C. That said, coastal cities like Charleston and Myrtle Beach tend to have a pleasant breeze rolling in from the Atlantic – so, if you want to enjoy plenty of beach time during your South Carolina holiday, summer can be a great time to go. Just be mindful that you might see some rain showers, especially in August.

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Charleston

Charleston

The largest city in South Carolina, Charleston is a must-visit during your holiday. The charming streets are crammed with grand houses, ornate churches, and independent shops and cafés. And the city has plenty of history to boot, as Charleston Harbour was a major entry point for the trans-Atlantic slave trade during the 1800s.

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Show Less

Pretty Charleston offers lots of things to do during your South Carolina trip. Take a guided city tour in a horse-drawn carriage to get your bearings, and find out more about the city’s past along the way. You can browse 300 stalls of local produce at Charleston City Market – one of the oldest in the USA – and hunt for treasure in King Street’s antique shops. Or why not catch a show at the country’s first theatre on Dock Street?

If you’re keen to learn more about South Carolina’s history, make sure you visit one of the ex-plantation houses near Charleston. A day tour will give great insight into the lives of both the plantation workers and owners. Magnolia Plantation is a popular choice, but Boone Hall Plantation is the most beautiful, as it comes complete with an oak-lined driveway and grand pillars.

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Show Less

Beaches

South Carolina’s beaches

With a 200-mile coastline brushed by the Atlantic Ocean, South Carolina has plenty of beaches. But Myrtle Beach is one of the best places to go. Boasting 60 miles of powder-soft sands, this resort town is suited to couples and families alike. You can swim in the sea, relax in the sunshine, and even learn to surf. There are lots of attractions for kids, too, including an aquarium and the impressive Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, which has panoramic sea views. 

Show More
Show Less

Elsewhere, you might be surprised to learn that Charleston also has five lovely beach areas. Folly Beach features a picturesque pier and fantastic waves for surfing, while Sullivan’s Island is the top choice for watersports. You can go horse riding along the beaches of Seabrook Island, discover Kiawah Island’s untouched natural beauty, or go fishing off the coast of the Isle of Palms. Alternatively, head further south to Hilton Head Island’s – this idyllic spot is famous for its beaches and coastal marshes.

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Show Less

Activities

Activities

South Carolina holidays serve up all sorts of activities – so you’ll have no trouble keeping busy while you’re away. Golf enthusiasts should make tracks for Myrtle Beach. This coastal town has more than 80 award-winning golf courses, with several having been designed by famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Larry Nelson. And 12 of them have been ranked among the USA’s top 100 public courses. So you can expect pristine fairways, immaculate greens and great views.

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Show Less

If hiking is more your thing, though, you should head upstate to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sprawled across the northwest corner of South Carolina, these striking peaks are home to a variety of walking trails, which weave past rushing waterfalls and panoramic viewpoints. For the best vistas, hike to the top of Sassafras Mountain – it’s the highest point in South Carolina.

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Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit South Carolina

Spring or autumn is the best time for your South Carolina holiday. Between March and May, temperatures generally hover between 18°C and 22°C – ideal for sightseeing in Charleston, playing golf on the coast, or hiking some of the trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Plus, if you travel in March, you’ll be able to experience Charleston Food & Wine Festival. Alternatively, you could visit South Carolina in September or October. This time of year is slightly warmer than spring, and you’ll be able to admire the trees’ colourful foliage.

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Like all Southern states, South Carolina is hot and humid in summer. July and August are the warmest months, with daytime temperatures averaging 30°C. That said, coastal cities like Charleston and Myrtle Beach tend to have a pleasant breeze rolling in from the Atlantic – so, if you want to enjoy plenty of beach time during your South Carolina holiday, summer can be a great time to go. Just be mindful that you might see some rain showers, especially in August.

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