29 days in South Carolina Itinerary

29 days in South Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Carolina visit planner

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Greenville
— 3 nights
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Columbia
— 4 nights
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Hilton Head
— 5 nights
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Beaufort
— 4 nights
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Charleston
— 6 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 6 nights
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Greenville

— 3 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Falls Park on the Reedy and Room Escape Games. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greenville: The Happy Berry (in Six Mile), Twin Lakes Park (in Seneca) and King Creek Falls (in Mountain Rest). There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at The Children's Museum of the Upstate, take in the dramatic scenery at Twin Falls/Eastatoe Falls, grab your bike and head to GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, and appreciate the history behind Joel Roberts Poinsett Statue.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Greenville road trip planning tool.

Charlotte to Greenville is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. January in Greenville sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Columbia.

Things to do in Greenville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Columbia

— 4 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Kids will enjoy Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden and South Carolina State House. Change things up with these side-trips from Columbia: Swamp Fox Murals Trail (in Manning), Fifty-Fifty Watersports (in Leesville) and Hitchcock Woods (in Aiken). There's still lots to do: hike along Cayce Riverwalk, meet the residents at Sea Lion Landing, stop by Five Points, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Jackson.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Columbia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Greenville to Columbia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Columbia, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 5 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Family-friendly places like Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and Dolphin & Whale Watching will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Islanders Beach Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hilton Head trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Columbia to Hilton Head takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Hilton Head can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Beaufort

— 4 nights
Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Attractions like The Church of the Cross and May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Beaufort to go to Bluffton and see Beaufort County Library - Beaufort Branch Library, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Pat Conroy Literary Center, make a trip to Charles Street Gallery, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and contemplate the long history of Old Sheldon Church Ruins.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Beaufort trip planner.

You can drive from Hilton Head to Beaufort in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. January in Beaufort sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Beaufort

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Charleston

— 6 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Family-friendly places like The Center for Birds of Prey and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument, make a trip to Charleston City Market, and brush up on your military savvy at Patriots Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Charleston takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Charleston are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Myrtle Beach

— 6 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Kids will enjoy Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach and WonderWorks. Explore Myrtle Beach's surroundings by going to Heritage Shores Nature Preserve (in North Myrtle Beach), SC-CARES - SC Coastal Animal Rescue & Educational Sanctuary (in Georgetown) and Murrells Inlet (Huntington Beach State Park & Brookgreen Gardens). And it doesn't end there: experience the excitement of Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Myrtle Beach, don't miss a visit to Barefoot Landing, and take in the exciting artwork at MISC - Everything Murrells Inlet.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Myrtle Beach travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Myrtle Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Myrtle Beach can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.