18 days in South Carolina & Alabama Itinerary

18 days in South Carolina & Alabama Itinerary

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18 days in South Carolina & Alabama Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Charleston
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Beaufort
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Edisto Island
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
Gulf Shores
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Brisbane


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4
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Fort Moultrie. Venture out of the city with trips to The Center for Birds of Prey (in Awendaw) and Charleston Tea Plantation (in Wadmalaw Island). There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Confederate Museum, steep yourself in history at Aiken-Rhett House, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Charleston road trip website .

Brisbane, Australia to Charleston is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in May, with highs in Charleston at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Folly Beach Public Beach, The Center for Birds of Prey, Charleston Tea Plantation, Fort Moultrie
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Charleston Tea Plantation ©
Charleston Tea Plantation
Fort Moultrie ©
Fort Moultrie

2
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Hunting Island Lighthouse, examine the collection at Pat Conroy Literary Center, and then walk around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Sheldon Church Ruins, make a trip to Bay Street, then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally explore the ancient world of Sams Plantation Complex Tabby Ruins.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Beaufort trip planner .

Traveling by car from Charleston to Beaufort takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Old Sheldon Church Ruins
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Pat Conroy Literary Center ©
Pat Conroy Literary Center
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park ©
Hunting Island Lighthouse ©
Hunting Island Lighthouse

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Folly Field Beach Park, sample the fine beverages at Hilton Head Distillery, and try for a hole-in-one at Pirate's Island Adventure Golf.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hilton Head trip builder website .

Getting from Beaufort to Hilton Head by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Edisto Island.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Fishing Charters & Tours
Sea Pines Forest Preserve ©
Sea Pines Forest Preserve

1
night
Edisto Island

Edisto Island ©
Edisto Island is one of South Carolina's Sea Islands, the larger part of which lies in Charleston County, with its southern tip in Colleton County. On the 10th (Wed), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then immerse yourself in nature at Edisto Beach State Park, then look for gifts at The Edisto Bookstore, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Edisto Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Edisto Island takes 2 hours. In June in Edisto Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Edisto Island

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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2
nights
Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Hollywood Wax Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Cherry Grove Beach, then play a few rounds at Captain Hook's Adventure Golf, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Backstage Mirror Maze.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Myrtle Beach trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Edisto Island to Myrtle Beach in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Myrtle Beach can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cherry Grove Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Hollywood Wax Museum ©
Hollywood Wax Museum

4
nights
Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gulf State Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Gulf Shores: Mullet Point Park (in Point Clear) and Fort Morgan State Historic Site (in Fort Morgan). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the waterfront at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, take in panoramic vistas at Wharf Ferris Wheel, and stop by Souvenir City of Orange Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gulf Shores holiday planning site .

Getting from Myrtle Beach to Gulf Shores by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Myrtle Beach to Gulf Shores due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Orange Beach, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Mullet Point Park
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Gulf State Park ©
Gulf State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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