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10 Day In-State Itinerary to Discover South Carolina

Posted on: 21 Feb 2017

South Carolina is full of vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, abundant golf courses and so much more. Southern hospitality is ingrained in every city, small town and front porch.
The views along the coast are breathtaking — from Myrtle Beach to Charleston to Hilton Head, you’ll enjoy little slices of Southern paradise. With over 200 miles of sunny beaches and coastal communities packed with top-notch dining and entertainment, it’s the perfect place for romantic getaways or family-friendly vacations.
But the essence of the Palmetto State lies in the history that created its distinct Southern culture. And that history resonates in everything from the storied locations of American battlefields to its proud reputation as the Birthplace of Barbecue.
So come discover the Southern charm of South Carolina for an experience you’ll never forget … and one you can’t wait to do again.

Website: DiscoverSouthCarolina.com
Website: gousa.cn/southcarolina



Day 1-2: Arrive in ATL (Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport), Transfer to downtown Greenville and surrounding upstate.

The first day of the tour starts in downtown Greenville: a charming southern city nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains filled with stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary feel to create one of America's hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing small – town cities. From a revitalized downtown ranked among "America's Ten Best" by Forbes Magazine to downtown Greenville's one-of-a-kind Liberty Bridge, quaint shops, boutiques, and fabulous restaurants to a collection of museums, galleries, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is a must stop.
While in the upstate of South Carolina be sure to experience BMW’s only United States manufacturing plant which includes a factory tour, performance center, museum and library. The entire foundation is the second-largest BMW historic site in the world, behind only the first facility in Munich, Germany.

Website: visitgreenvillesc.com
Website: upcountrysc.com


Day 3: Transfer to Myrtle Beach while passing through Columbia and Florence.

Columbia - Columbia is home to the state capital and home to the University of South Carolina. One of America's outstanding zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is just minutes from the state capital. The State Museum also tells the colorful history of South Carolina. If you like water sports, Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre playground less than 15 minutes from the heart of the city.

Website: columbiacvb.com

Florence – Stop by Florence and visit Pearl Fryar’s fantastic topiary garden sculptures. Pearl’s topiary’s are astounding feats of artistry and horticulture. Many of the plants in Pearl’s garden were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. With Pearl’s patience and skilled hands, these “throw aways” have thrived and have been transformed into wonderful abstract shapes.

Website: visitflo.com


Day 4-5: Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, the busy hub of fun-in-the-sun in the middle of the Grand Strand's 60 miles of gorgeous wide beaches, offers a dazzling variety of entertainment, nature, history and dining for people of all ages. Of course, relaxing at the beach is where you will want to go. Once there, spend the day building sand castles, boogie boarding and hunting for shark's teeth. The oceanfront Myrtle Beach Boardwalk runs by restaurants, bars, a fishing pier, an arcade and the famous 187-foot tall SkyWheel.
Also, Myrtle Beach is home to Huntington Beach State Park, known for its wildlife viewing opportunities, and Brookgreen Gardens, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the USA, is comprised of roughly 1,400 sculptures that dot the property and represent the works of every era of American sculpture from the 1800s to the present.

Website: visitmyrtlebeach.com




Day 6-7: Charleston

Experience the charm of a historic Southern City combined with the contemporary vibes of South Carolina's coastal culture. With its second-to-none restaurant scene, beautiful oceanfront resorts and enduring cultural roots, the Holy City is a haven for history buffs and beachgoers.
Drive through Wadmalaw Island, south of Charleston, to see Camellia Sinensis tea plants that grow at the Charleston Tea Plantation and used in American Classic Tea, the only tea grown in America.
Also, be sure to stop by one of several Charleston historical plantations including Magnolia Plantation also features a Reconstruction-era home, horticultural maze, antebellum slave cabins and a blackwater cypress and tupelo swamp, once a reservoir for the rice fields.

Website: charlestoncvb.com


Day 8: Beaufort

eaufort is located on Port Royal Island, one of the largest Sea Islands along the southeast Atlantic coast of the United States. It is one of only a handful of U.S. towns that has had its entire downtown designated an historic district by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This coastal town has wonderful B&Bs and restaurants serving fresh local fare. Beaufort is also known for its outstanding golf courses, beaches, and outdoor adventures.

Website: southcarolinalowcountry.com





Day 9-10: Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is one of South Carolina’s most luxurious beach destinations. Dotted with world-class golf courses, renowned restaurants, superb shopping and white-sand beaches as far as the eye can see, this resort island is just right for relaxing.
In addition to its premier accommodations and scenic beauty, Hilton Head also offers an exciting cultural scene to explore. Discover the deep history of the Gullah, descendants of slaves who lived and still live on the coastal islands, and their deep rooted history in South Carolina’s lowcountry. Also, be sure to view wildlife on a dolphin watching cruise and see why Hilton Head is one the best Islands in North America.


Website: hiltonheadisland.org