39 days in South Carolina Itinerary

39 days in South Carolina Itinerary

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39 days in South Carolina Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
North Myrtle Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Georgetown
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Charleston
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Edisto Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Beaufort
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Hilton Head
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Yemassee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Columbia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Sumter
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Raleigh

5
nights
North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach ©
North Myrtle Beach is a city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. You'll get in some beach time at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex and Windy Hill Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Historic District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around North Myrtle Beach: Oak Island Beach (in Oak Island), Trinity United Methodist Church (in Southport) and Wilmington (Bellamy Mansion & Airlie Gardens). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at La Belle Amie Vineyard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crescent Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Drive Beach, and stop by Bookends Used Bookstore.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read North Myrtle Beach route builder .

Raleigh to North Myrtle Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Georgetown.

Things to do in North Myrtle Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wilmington, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, Oak Island Beach, Trinity United Methodist Church
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Drive Beach ©
Ocean Drive Beach
Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site ©
Fort Fisher State Historic Site

4
nights
Georgetown

Georgetown ©
Georgetown is the third oldest city in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hampton Plantation State Historic Site and All Saints Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Litchfield Beach and Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Murrells Inlet (Lee's Farmer's Market, St. Michael's Catholic Church, & more) and Litchfield Country Club (in Pawleys Island). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Hopsewee Plantation, play a few rounds at River Club, see the interesting displays at Georgetown County Museum, and explore the world behind art at Brookgreen Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Georgetown tour planner.

You can drive from North Myrtle Beach to Georgetown in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Georgetown are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Georgetown

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Litchfield Beach
Highlights from your plan
Litchfield Beach ©
Litchfield Beach
Hopsewee Plantation ©
Hopsewee Plantation

9
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Charleston Museum and Fort Moultrie. Visit Kiawah Beachwalker Park and Sullivan's Island Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Charleston to Moncks Corner to see Mepkin Abbey about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, admire the natural beauty at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Magnolia Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Charleston tour planner .

Traveling by car from Georgetown to Charleston takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. You will leave for Edisto Island on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sullivan's Island, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Mepkin Abbey, Kiawah Beachwalker Park
Highlights from your plan
The Charleston Museum ©
The Charleston Museum
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

2
nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Edisto Beach State Park and Edisto Island Museum. Popular historic sites such as Fort Fremont and Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church are in your itinerary. When in Edisto Island, make a side trip to see Low Tide Brewing in Johns Island, approximately 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: play a few rounds at The Plantation Course at Edisto and look for gifts at With These Hands Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Edisto Island trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Charleston to Edisto Island in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Edisto Island are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yemassee.

Things to do in Edisto Island

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Low Tide Brewing, Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Fort Fremont
Highlights from your plan
Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church ©
Edisto Beach State Park ©
Edisto Beach State Park
Fort Fremont ©
Fort Fremont

5
nights
Beaufort

Beaufort ©
Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Popular historic sites such as The Point and Hunting Island Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pat Conroy Literary Center and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beaufort: Ocean Point Golf Links (in Fripp Island) and River Dog Brewing Company (in Ridgeland). There's lots more to do: stroll around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, take an in-depth tour of Santa Elena History Center, view the masterpieces at Rhett Gallery, and ponder the world of politics at John Mark Verdier House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Beaufort trip builder tool .

You can drive from Edisto Island to Beaufort in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Beaufort

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ocean Point Golf Links, The Sands, River Dog Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
The Point ©
The Point
Pat Conroy Literary Center ©
Pat Conroy Literary Center
Hunting Island Lighthouse ©
Hunting Island Lighthouse

6
nights
Hilton Head

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Parris Island Museum and The Silver Garden Silversmiths and Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Church of the Cross and Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Baynard Plantation Ruins, stroll around Mitchelville Freedom Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hilton Head travel app .

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Hilton Head takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hilton Head are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yemassee.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bluffton, Parris Island Museum
Highlights from your plan
Parris Island Museum ©
Parris Island Museum
The Church of the Cross ©
The Church of the Cross
Folly Field Beach Park ©
Folly Field Beach Park

2
nights
Yemassee

Yemassee ©
Yemassee is a small Lowcountry town in Beaufort and Hampton counties in the U.S. On the 2nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Tearificteapot Museum and then contemplate the long history of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, then admire the masterpieces at South Carolina Artisans Center, then steep yourself in history at Old Sheldon Church Ruins, and finally learn about winemaking at September Oaks Winery.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yemassee trip planner .

Getting from Hilton Head to Yemassee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Yemassee

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Walterboro, Tearificteapot Museum, Pon Pon Chapel of Ease, September Oaks Winery
Highlights from your plan
Old Sheldon Church Ruins ©
Old Sheldon Church Ruins
Pon Pon Chapel of Ease ©
Pon Pon Chapel of Ease
Tearificteapot Museum ©
Tearificteapot Museum

3
nights
Columbia

Columbia ©
A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
On the 4th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, then learn about all things military at South Carolina Military Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Camden Revolutionary War Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Quaker Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Robert Mills House & Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Columbia journey planner.

You can drive from Yemassee to Columbia in 2 hours. April in Columbia sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Sumter.

Things to do in Columbia

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Camden
Highlights from your plan
Camden Revolutionary War Site ©
Camden Revolutionary War Site
Quaker Cemetery ©
Quaker Cemetery

2
nights
Sumter

Sumter ©
Sumter is the county seat of Sumter County, South Carolina, United States. On the 6th (Mon), play a few rounds at Lake Marion Golf Course and then don't miss a visit to Smith's Super Store. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Sumter Gallery of Art, and then play a few rounds at Wyboo Golf Club.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sumter trip planner .

Traveling by car from Columbia to Sumter takes 1.5 hours. April in Sumter sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 8th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sumter

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Santee, Wyboo Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Lake Marion Golf Course ©
Lake Marion Golf Course
Sumter Gallery of Art ©
Sumter Gallery of Art
Wyboo Golf Club ©
Wyboo Golf Club

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