The boot-shaped piece of land jutting out into the Atlantic on the southern tip of South Carolina’s sparkling ocean coastline is as geographically unmistakable as it is universally beloved. Hilton Head Island—separated from the rest of the mainland by divergent outflows in the mouth of the Harbor River—has evolved into a unique waterfront community with little, if any, comparison on the eastern seaboard. World-class golfing, art galleries, dining and fishing abound here. After a stroll on the 12 miles of beaches that rim the island, you may never want to return to the mainland.
South Carolina’s Grand Strand, more commonly referred to as the Myrtle Beach area, has been a favorite destination of vacationers for decades. The area is essentially 60 miles of pristine, sandy beaches in a relatively tropical climate, spurring Southern Living magazine to declare it the “Favorite Beach Town.” Families will enjoy Ripley’s Aquarium and the NASCAR Racing Experience, while those looking for a bit of culture should visit Brookgreen Gardens or the Horry County Museum. Live entertainment awaits around nearly every corner, including venues like the Alabama Theatre and Carolina Opry. Local seafood is a must-eat, and the area golf courses are second to none.
Start a day in Charleston by helping to raise Old Glory high above Fort Sumter, the site where artillery fire sparked the start of the Civil War. The Greater Charleston region of South Carolina is home to historic sites, rolling rivers, lush landscapes and scenic ocean views. A horse-drawn carriage ride provides the perfect introduction to the town’s history. Tour the grand plantation mansions and landscaped gardens, while learning about their histories. Catch an ocean breeze at Charleston Waterfront Park or escape the city with a visit to relaxed Folly Beach or upscale Isle of Palms. Bask in the Southern charm of this beautiful city.