The East Coast of America’s Deep South is one of the most popular destinations due to the warm summers and mild winters. I’ve explored quite a bit around Raleigh in North Carolina, but there’s so much beauty too and perfect places for weekend geraways in South Carolina. So here are my top tips.
This post was sponsored and may contain affiliate links (marked with an asterisk *). If you buy/book anything after clicking on them, this doesn t cost you anything but gives me a little commission from qualifying purchases to help keep uploading free travel tips for you on to this blog.
Why visit South Carolina?
Not just because of the climate but the warm hospitality of the people from does this region draw visitors. Add to that the flavorful cuisine and the rich culture, and you’ll see why South Carolina is one of the top destinations in the US.
You don’t need to try too hard to find something in this beautiful state to stay busy. It’s also a great place for road tripping.
One of the first things I saw when visiting North Carolina for the first time was actually the campus of Durham. And I was really impressed by how sorta european it looked but still so very distinct and pretty. So I’m not surprised to also find out that South Carolina is a big hit with students.
Young professionals and students also flock in large numbers to the state every year. Like UW student housing, there are top off-campus accommodations for students to be rented when visiting. Let’s look at the top five weekend getaways in South Carolina.
So, let’s find those hidden gems of South Carolina everyone is boasting about.
What to see in South Carolina
Most visitors to this sunny state come to see the perfect piers and white sandy beaches. Regardless of the size of your party, accommodation is available close to the beach for any number of people. Top-class dining places and exciting entertainment are within walking distance of most accommodations. Beautiful golf courses designed by celebrities are ready to keep you busy for hours. The central area is designated to be the place where families gather and enjoy what’s on offer. Hit the streets and find the famous aquarium, or try out the giant slides in the water parks. Enjoy street entertainers and live music, or visit the amusement parks for their fun rides. It will take a few days to enjoy everything this destination has to offer.
Still at the ocean, only this time, you are on a remote island a few miles south of Charleston. This city on Folly Island has much to do for visitors looking for the best entertainment.
You can take a delectable dive into the water or simply stroll on the boardwalk. Reignite your love for the beach and watersports with various amenities. Experience beautiful ocean views or fish from the Beach Fishing Pier, where you can sometimes observe dolphins. You and your family will enjoy the famous pier that stretches about 1,000 feet into the sea. Rent a paddleboard or a kayak and explore the ocean’s waters for fascinating fossils and shark teeth.
The cobblestone streets of Charleston and the sound of horse-drawn carriages will take you back in time. You can tour the city in these horse-drawn carriages for a peaceful morning or afternoon. You can enjoy the beautiful coastal scenes from many places in the city, even from your living space. Top-quality accommodation, from romantic rooftops and jacuzzi baths to in-house bars and the best cuisine, is available.
The city’s French architecture is attractive to people of all ages. For curiosities, go on a historic sightseeing walk or shop at the Charleston market. If you are up to it, go on a spooky tour of the haunted jail or the Ghost Dungeons.
Many more activities for the whole family can be found in Charleston, whether you are on a short visit or extended vacation.
The Blue Ridge Mountains
For the adventurous traveler or inquisitive family, a hike in this mountain range is just what you need. Many exciting attractions can be explored in the rugged mountains John Denver sang about.
There’s much to discover and explore in this South Carolina region, like waterfalls, wildlife, and forests. There are many ways to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains, but walks, hikes, bike riding, and driving are your best options. Experience breathtaking mountain views or have a romantic getaway in the wilderness. You can visit the James River Visitor Center and drive along the Parkway.
In Greenville, you can experience the small-town feel with top-notch entertainment. The unspoiled natural areas provide a unique experience for your family in the heart of nature itself.
Visit the Greenville County Museum of Art in town, or take some of the many paths to explore paradise. While exploring, visit the Falls Park on the Reedy River.
The suspension bridge, an architectural masterpiece, offers spectacular views of the waterfalls and downtown Greenville. It is the ideal time to practice your photography skills with the beautiful vistas.
The Liberty Bridge is lit at night to give you an unforgettable sight. There is no shortage of the best accommodations to rest your head after a busy day and top-notch places to eat – this town is your oyster.
These are some of the many beautiful places you can visit over a long weekend getaway in South Carolina. This shortlist will make it easy to choose where you want to spend your next breakaway weekend without wasting your time.
More USA travel tips
- What to see in New Orleans in winter
- Roadtripping Florida
- A fall roadtrip through the White Mountains
- Where to find Gossip Girl locations in NYC