Blessed with access to nature, pristine beaches, reams of history, and vibrant and bustling cities, South Carolina has earned its spot among the most-visited tourist destinations in the United States. The Palmetto State hosts visitors from across the country and beyond every year. These are the nine reasons why the state holds such allure for holidaymakers to the East Coast.
The cobbled streets and southern architecture ooze history in South Carolina’s largest city. Holidaymakers take in the historic district, wander the waterfront bars and restaurants, and soak up the sun. It is no wonder the city was voted America’s best small city for five consecutive years.
The South Carolina city of Florence blends rural charm with city convenience. Visitors are drawn to the region’s history and nature, exploring the National Cemetery—the lasting resting place of Civil War soldiers—and navigating the River Lynch.
South Carolina is home to some of the best southern barbecue around. The state has four distinct barbecue sauces for visitors to indulge in. There are also unique regional takes on seafood staples like shrimp and grits and oyster roasts.
Myrtle Beach is a visitor’s playground. With sprawling beaches, golf courses, an array of restaurants, shopping destinations and amusement parks, Myrtle Beach has all the top things to do this holiday season and should top any visitor itinerary to the state.
It should come as little surprise given South Carolina’s rich history, that antique miners have a field day in the state’s rural boutiques. Small towns across the state host plenty of small, undiscovered antique stalls, each with their own array of hidden gems to delight and inspire.
For the state’s antique meccas, head to Seneca and the surrounding towns. Easley and Walhalla are both known for their antiques and have plenty of outlets to explore.
Warm and Mild Weather
The fall is one of the most popular times to visit South Carolina. The mild temperatures and low humidity make it a pleasant vacation destination as the rest of the country enters the colder months. For golfers, it offers a way to extend the season and get those last few rounds in before the temperatures drop.
Devil’s Fork State Park
Outdoor enthusiasts have no shortage of offerings in the state’s Devil’s Fork state park. Nature revelers can fish, hike, boat, kayak, swim and even scuba dive. To make the most of a natural retreat, rent a villa within the park’s limits, or camp in one of the park’s campsites.
After Labor Day dogs are welcome on many of South Carolina’s more popular beaches, allowing all the family to join in the fun, even the four-legged members.
The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston is the country’s oldest public gardens, having first opened to the public in 1870. Visitors can enjoy nature’s firework display in the spring when the flora is in bloom.
With so much variety and choice, South Carolina has something for everyone. Start planning your trip to find your reasons to visit the iconic state.