Subtropical beaches, sea islands shrouded in early morning mist and stately historic mansions await you in genteel South Carolina. Discover over 200 miles of sunny beaches, a quaint, small-town America vibe, the soaring Appalachian Mountains and a fascinating history that dates back to the 17th century.
Don't forget to bring the golf clubs! South Carolina is home to 360 courses and attracts enthusiasts from around the world. The stunning landscapes and mild weather provide the ideal environment for a game and here, it’s golf season all year long.
Food lover? Get a taste of what makes South Carolina a top culinary destination. From the freshly caught shrimp to the locally sourced grits, South Carolina’s shrimp and grits are a notch above the rest. And nothing makes for a more perfect Southern meal than Lowcountry boil, a mouthwatering meal of shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes and sausage. As far as seafood goes, South Carolina oysters can hold their own against the world’s best, thanks to a favourable climate and geography.
South Carolina is known as “The Birthplace of Barbecue,” so be sure to try some of our world-famous pulled pork. We've included recommendations in each location for places to dine, if you need further choices just let us know.
Named 'Best Small City in the U.S' for seven years in a row by readers of Conde Nast, you're guaranteed to fall in love with genteel Charleston . You've two nights to explore this southern city soaked in history and offering some of the best food, drink and shopping in the South. From its cobbled streets to its waterside battery there is plenty to discover and enjoy.
Recommended places to dine: Blues Cajun Kitchen, Drawing Room and Charleston Grill.
Distance: 60 miles
Located on Winyah Bay on the South Carolina coast, this small town has a large, lively seaport. It is believed that in 1526, the Spanish explorer, Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón, founded a colony of European settlers and African slaves. When the Spanish colony failed, English settlers came to the region in the 1730s and the old town, now the historic district, was formed. Follow in the footsteps of some American greats like George Washington or James Monroe.
Be sure to hop on one of Georgetown's sailing charters, or fishing trips, or delve into history at the Hopsewee or Hampton House plantation homes. You'll find the powerful story of African slaves brought to this region of South Carolina an enlightening learning experience at the Gullah Museum, located in the downtown historic district.
In the evenings take a stroll along the popular Georgetown Harbour Walk and dine on mouth-watering southern cuisine. Or head to nearby Pawley's Island for anything from pub grub and blues on the beach to fine southern dining.
Recommended place to dine: Bistro 217
Distance: 45 miles
Lively Myrtle Beach boasts 60 miles of endless white sandy beaches, over 100 quality golf course and scores of activities all based around the water. Stroll along its boardwalk, enjoy a bird's eye view of the coast from the top of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, or hop on a bike for a gentle ride along the coast path.
At Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, you'll find yourself in the 'Seafood Capital of South Carolina' where you can dine on delicious Alaskan Crab Legs and take your pick from over 170 seafood choices at world famous, 'The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood' establishment.
Established in 1732, Camden is South Carolina’s oldest inland city and steeped in history. Grab a free map and head for its historic district which features more than 60 historic sites. From cottages to spacious mansions, the district is the reflection of Camden's 250-year-old history ranging from the Revolutionary War era to the antebellum South to the winter residences established in the early 1900s.
Camden's Arts & Antiques District has 30 stores to mooch around and view original artwork, fine antiques and speciality gifts. Be sure to stop in one of the cute cafes for South Carolina iced tea!
Recommended place to dine: Sam Kendall's for tasty steaks or mouth-watering seared scallops.
Distance: 134 miles
Head towards the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to hip and trendy Greenville. This affluent South Carolina city is crammed with eateries and boasts a thriving craft brewery scene. Sample this golden nectar at the Swap Rabbit or Birds Fly South Brewery before heading off to enjoy one of the many outdoor events that take place during the summer months from Moonlight Movies in Falls Park to talented local musicians performing in NOMA Square. Don't miss the SanSource Reedy River Concerts, where you're encouraged to bring your own picnic and listen to sounds that range from rock to reggae.
Keen to work off all that food? Paris Mountain is minutes from downtown and offers hiking and mountain biking trails, along with plenty of picnic space to laze the day away under the trees. Of course, the other option is to jump in the car and head north into the heart of the mountains and the incredibly scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. On this route you will enjoy a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands.
Recommended places to dine: Willy Taco and The Lazy Goat
Distance: 139 miles
Journey through the rolling countryside of South Carolina today, stopping in quintessentially, small southern towns on the way like Pendleton. At this ex-Cherokee Nation Settlement you can step back in time with a visit to Ashtabula or Woodburn Plantation Homes which date back to 1825.
Stop for lunch in charming Aiken, dating back to 1835, this town has an interesting downtown historic district and is the home of the famous Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.
Hilton Head Island is described as South Carolina's coastal playground and provides the perfect contrast to mountain scenery of Greenville. With a large choice of luxury resort hotels, miles of cycling paths, superb golf courses, delicious coastal cuisine and miles of uncrowded, wide, sandy beaches to stroll on, it's the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the fresh sea air.
Hop across the border to neighbouring Georgia and visit historic Savannah, proud home to one of the largest National Landmark Historic Districts in the U.S.
Recommended places to dine: One Hot Mama’s and The Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant
Distance: 55 miles
Just north of Hilton Head you'll come across pretty Beaufort on Port Royal Island. Dating back to 1711, it's the second oldest city in South Carolina, and one of the state's Sea Islands. Known for its remarkably intact antebellum mansions, its historic district is a joy to stroll around.
Kiawah Island, a barrier island just shy of Charleston, is an oasis of untouched natural beauty. Here you can discover maritime forests, sand dunes, and ten miles of pristine beachfront where you can spy loggerhead turtles and bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the ocean.
In the evening dine on shrimp & grits in the Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary, named best for 'Downhome Country Cooking' by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report.
Distance: 60 miles
Enjoy some last minute shopping on King Street before you depart Charleston for your flight back to the UK.
Want to extend your time in the South? Perhaps, a trip to New Orleans? Time in Atlanta? All Bon Voyage holidays can be fully tailor-made, please call our team of experts for further information.