16 days in South Carolina Itinerary

16 days in South Carolina Itinerary

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Greenville
— 1 night
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Columbia
— 1 night
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Aiken
— 1 night
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Charleston
— 5 nights
Drive
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Beaufort
— 1 night
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Hilton Head
— 3 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 3 nights
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Greenville

Textile Center of the World

The largest city in "upstate" South Carolina, Greenville has grown around the natural wonders of waterfalls located in the downtown area.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, then have fun and explore at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, then stop by M.Judson Booksellers & Storytellers, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dark Corner Distillery. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through West End, take in the dramatic scenery at Falls Park on the Reedy, then snap pictures at Liberty Bridge, and finally relax in the rural setting at Southern Hills Lavender.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Greenville trip builder.

Dallas to Greenville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Greenville due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Columbia.

Things to do in Greenville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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Columbia

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Lion Landing, then make a trip to Tunnel Vision Mural, and finally sample some tasty brews at Columbia Brew Bus.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Columbia road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Greenville to Columbia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Columbia can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Aiken.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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Aiken

Founded in 1835, the city of Aiken was named after William Aiken, the president of the South Carolina Railroad. On the 21st (Mon), stop by Cyndi's Sweet Shoppe, then make a trip to Aiken Center for the Arts, then take a peaceful walk through Hitchcock Woods, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hopelands Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aiken visit website.

You can drive from Columbia to Aiken in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Aiken can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Aiken

Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, examine the collection at Patriots Point, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

Discover how to plan a Charleston trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Aiken to Charleston by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Aiken in December since evenings lows in Charleston dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

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Beaufort

Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. On the 27th (Sun), take a stroll through The Point, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, then examine the collection at Pat Conroy Literary Center, and finally stroll around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Beaufort using our trip planner.

You can drive from Charleston to Beaufort in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Beaufort can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Hilton Head is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, awaken your taste buds at Carolina Tasting Room, and visit Old Town Bluffton.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hilton Head travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Beaufort to Hilton Head in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Hilton Head sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Myrtle Beach: Murrells Inlet (Huntington Beach State Park & Brookgreen Gardens). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, look for gifts at Harrelson's Seafood Market, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, and kick back and relax at Myrtle Beach.

Before you visit Myrtle Beach, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Myrtle Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In December in Myrtle Beach, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

South Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.