South Carolina Road Trip: The Insider’s Guide to the Beautiful Coast

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From Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head, the Carolina coast has something for everyone. Why not see it all in a South Carolina road trip?

The coastal region of the Palmetto State is filled with white-sand beaches, charming historic towns, freshly caught seafood and a plethora of outdoor activities such as kayaking in the marshes, golfing, hiking in state parks, crabbing, and even ziplining.

How long does it take to see the coast? That depends…how long do you have?  You can easily spend a weekend in each of the major cities, or weeks exploring every little nook-and-cranny.

This South Carolina road trip guide starts at the northern point of Myrtle Beach and meanders south to Hilton Head, but could easily be reversed.  There are five major stopping points, each of which could easily lend itself to a romantic weekend for couples in South Carolina, a fun-filled girls getaway in South Carolina, or a memorable family vacation in South Carolina.

Below is a brief summary, click here for the full Guide to the South Carolina Coast.

1. Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is one of the best-known tourist destinations in the Carolinas.  In addition to the white sand beaches, balmy climate and excellent culinary scene, it’s also popular due to the wide range of attractions and activities to suit every age and lifestyle.  It’s identified for the heavily touristic beaches and boardwalk, but there are plenty of things to do for those who are seeking a respite away from the crowds.

2. Hammock Coast

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As you continue your drive towards Charleston, stop in the area known as the Hammock Coast.  Even if you don’t stay overnight, there are plenty of things to do to fill the day.

3. Charleston

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Ah, Charleston.  Often listed as one of the world’s best cities to visit by some of the big-name travel magazines, the smallish southern metropolis lives up to its name.

4. Beaufort

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I have to confess and apologize to Savannah, Georgia because Beaufort just may be my new favorite city in America.  It’s the epitome of (cliché) Southern charm with the addition of local hospitality, great dining, history, and culture.  Picture those same massive old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss but in front of stunning antebellum mansions lining the oceanfront boulevard.  The appeal is almost too much to take in.  But I suggest that you do.

5. Hilton Head

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Named after Captain William Hilton, who founded the island in 1663, Hilton Head has been a national vacation destination since the late 1960s.  Consistently named as one of the top islands in the United States, it’s a quiet, picturesque beach town, known for its luxury beach and golf resorts.


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