If you are planning a weekend trip to South Carolina, you'll no doubt want to make it as memorable as possible. So taking the time to do a little research and find out the best places to visit ahead of time, means you can make the most of every minute!
You might want to check out social sites, or travel websites to see what other people are talking about, recommending and giving positive reviews on. Alternatively, you can take a look at our handy list below! You might not be able to fit everything we've listed below into one weekend, but you can pick and choose depending on your route. And it gives you an excellent excuse to come back!
So what are some of the most spectacular sights to see in South Carolina, aka The Palmetto State? With its beautiful scenery, bustling cities and stunning coastlines, you really are spoilt for choice. Here are our top picks:
Columbia is the state capital of South Carolina and offers visitors stunning architecture in the shape of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and is impressive surrounding gardens, dating back to 1818. Alternatively, head to the South Carolina State house. For those who are ready to splash some cash, Five Points is a fantastic shopping destination with plenty of independent shops and boutiques. Other top tourist attractions include the South Carolina State Museum and the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden.
- Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island is a must-see for anyone visiting this southeastern state. With 12 miles of gorgeous beaches and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, you are spoilt for choice for things to see and do. You may as well enjoy fantastic events held throughout the year, such as the many wine tastings and festivals on the island. The island is also well known amongst golf lovers as a top spot to enjoy a round or two, and boasts 24 exciting courses to choose from!
- Morris Island
Vastly different to Hilton Head, though equally famous as a tourist destination is beautiful Morris Island. The island has a rich history being a critical strategic defense point during the Civil War. Now uninhabited, visitors can still appreciate the imposing Morris Island Lighthouse, and nature lovers can spot osprey, blue herons, and loggerhead sea turtles too.
- Lee Falls
Another stunning natural landmark in South Caroline is Lee Falls which is an impressive 75-feet and one of the longest in the region. Hikers can weave up the natural trail (March-October only), enjoying the beautiful scenery as they do.
For those who enjoy a mix of beautiful views, impressive architecture and pleasant places to relax, pretty Beaufort ticks all the boxes. This 16th-Century coastal town is located just off the Intraсoastal Waterway, and here visitors can enjoy many fine examples of historic architecture. Learn about its past at the Beaufort History Museum, take a tour of the John Mark Verdier House, and finish off sipping sweet tea and enjoying typical Southern hospitality in one of the many pleasant cafes you'll find.
- Caesars Head State Park
Caesars Head State Park is a fabulous place to enjoy a good hike and will offer those that do some fantastic views of the Piedmont region below. There are trails to suit all abilities and for most adventurous tourists, even the opportunity to camp out overnight in the park to get a real feel for the landscape.
- Mount Pleasant
Another South Carolina must-see is a well-known suburb of historic Charleston, Mount Pleasant. The largest town in the state has plenty to offer visitors, including the iconic Ravenel Bridge and the fascinating Maritime Museum. The town has a compelling navel history and is where you can find the Patriots Point Naval situated at the mouth of the River Cooper. It is home to three museum ships; the USS Yorktown, the USS Liffey, and the USS Clamagore. To stretch your legs and get a feel for the town head to the walking paths at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, or take a stroll around Shem Creek Park.
- Myrtle Beach
With over 14 million people flocking to the golden sands of Myrtle Beach each year, this is a tourist spot you'll won't want to miss. Subtropical beaches mean stunning stretches of warm sand and the azure blue water of the Atlantic coast tempts you to dips your toes in. Sunbathers and swimmers will delight here, but if you aren't one for lounging around, there is also plenty to keep you entertained. Mini-golf courses, a thriving theatre scene, Ripley's aquarium and the hustle and bustle of Broadway at the Beach, packed with bars and restaurants catering to every taste will provide something for everyone.
South Carolina offers a fantastic variety of things to see and do. Shopaholics, nature lovers, those interested in history and architecture, foodies, families, and groups of friends will all be delighted at what's on offer. So make sure you plan your trip ahead of time and enjoy the best that sunny South Carolina has to give.