53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Williamsburg
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 6 nights
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Baltimore
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia
— 5 nights
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New York City
— 5 nights
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Mystic
— 2 nights
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Newport
— 4 nights
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Boston
— 5 nights
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Stowe
— 2 nights
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North Conway
— 3 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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Myrtle Beach
— 3 nights
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Charleston
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Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore hidden gems such as Blue Ridge Pkwy and River Rafting & Tubing. Let the collections at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and New Morning Gallery capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Dry Falls (in Highlands), Zipline (in Lake Lure) and Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours (in Rosman). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and browse the collection at The Folk Art Center (Southern Highland Craft Guild).

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Asheville travel route planner.

Houston to Asheville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in August; daily highs in Asheville reach 82°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Williamsburg

— 3 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jamestown Settlement and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. It doesn't end there: cool off at Water Country USA and find something for the whole family at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Williamsburg route builder app.

You can fly from Asheville to Williamsburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Asheville in August, with highs in Williamsburg at 89°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 6 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arlington National Cemetery and National Museum of African American History and Culture. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, appreciate the extensive heritage of National Mall, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, and wander the streets of Georgetown.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Washington DC vacation planner.

Drive from Williamsburg to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Baltimore.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Baltimore

— 3 nights

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Get some historical perspective at Gettysburg National Military Park and Jennie Wade House. Get outdoors at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and River Riders. Venture out of the city with trips to Harpers Ferry (Harper Cemetery, Ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church, &more) and Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Cemetery & Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Baltimore trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Washington DC to Baltimore by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Baltimore are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Baltimore

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 5 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kitchen Kettle Village and Fifer's Farm Store. Take a break from the city and head to Valley Forge National Historical Park and Refreshing Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Lancaster (The Amish Farm and House & Dutch Wonderland), Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (in Ronks) and Amstel House Museum and Gardens (in New Castle). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, indulge your senses at M/V Bay Breeze of Chesapeake City, steep yourself in history at Elfreth's Alley, and admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip planner.

Traveling by train from Baltimore to Philadelphia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and New York Public Library. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Hyde Park (Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, and take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Philadelphia to New York City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Mystic.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mystic

— 2 nights
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
On the 5th (Sat), see the sky in a new way at Mystic Seaport Museum, kick your exploration up a notch at Fields Of Fire Adventure Park, and then take an in-depth tour of USS Nautilus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Mystic Whaler Cruises, then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Danielson, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pleasure Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mystic road trip site.

Getting from New York City to Mystic by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, Mystic is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Mystic

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trips

Newport

— 4 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Breakers and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visiting Cliff Walk and Long Point will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Provincetown (Commercial Street, Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, &more) and Chatham Marconi Maritime Center (in North Chatham). There's still lots to do: walk around Fort Adams State Park, take an unforgettable tour with Newport Helicopter Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Drive Historic District, and stroll through Cape Cod National Seashore.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport tour planner.

Traveling by car from Mystic to Newport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Newport are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Boston.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boston

— 5 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Fine Arts and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your inner history buff will appreciate Marginal Way Walkway and Nubble Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Boston side-trips: Heritage Museums & Gardens (in Sandwich), Old Sturbridge Village (in Sturbridge) and Ogunquit (Perkins Cove & Ogunquit Beach). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The House of the Seven Gables, get lost in a book at John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, contemplate the long history of Plymouth Rock, and explore the galleries of The Paul Revere House.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Boston itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Newport to Boston takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Boston can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Stowe.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Stowe

— 2 nights

The Ski Capital of the East

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tea at the Governor's House, then head outdoors with ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, then trek along Birds of Vermont Museum, and finally trek along Stowe Recreation Path. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of The Long Trail, then make a trip to Church Street Marketplace, then trek along Burlington Bike Path, and finally see the interesting displays at Shelburne Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Stowe trip planner.

You can drive from Boston to Stowe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Boston in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Stowe, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to North Conway.

Things to do in Stowe

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Conway

— 3 nights
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Kancamagus Highway and The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Flume Gorge and Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Jefferson (Caps Ridge Trail & Santa's Village), Mt. Washington Auto Road (in Gorham) and Off-Road Tours (in Lincoln). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Diana's Baths, get great views at Cathedral Ledge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Little White Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the North Conway day trip planner.

Getting from Stowe to North Conway by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Stowe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in North Conway, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in North Conway

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 3 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Cadillac Mountain. Step off the beaten path and head to Shore Path and Ocean Path. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Thunder Hole, trek along Precipice Trail, don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and take a memorable drive along Park Loop Road.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bar Harbor tour itinerary planner.

Drive from North Conway to Bar Harbor in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Bar Harbor are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Myrtle Beach

— 3 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Hollywood Wax Museum and Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Broadway at the Beach and Mt. Atlanticus. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Myrtle Beach: Murrells Inlet (Huntington Beach State Park & Brookgreen Gardens) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in North Myrtle Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Myrtle Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with Wampee Stables, and experience the excitement of Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Myrtle Beach day trip app.

Fly from Bar Harbor to Myrtle Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In September, Myrtle Beach is somewhat warmer than Bar Harbor - with highs of 83°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Charleston.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Charleston

— 4 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Sumter National Monument and Nathaniel Russell House. Museum-lovers will appreciate Patriots Point and Warren Lasch Conservation Center - H.L. Hunley Submarine. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, walk around Joe Riley Waterfront Park, kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach, and steep yourself in history at Boone Hall Plantation.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Charleston trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Charleston are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Historic Sites
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

Maryland travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

Connecticut travel guide

4.3
Aquariums · Theaters · Observatories
The Constitution State
Perhaps best known for its renowned private and public universities, Connecticut was once home to the country's first law school and still boasts one of the oldest secondary schools in America. More than just a small state packed with students, Connecticut offers visitors a chance to explore some of New England's finest tourist attractions while on vacation, including lighthouses, beaches, theaters, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Despite its small size, the state also boasts two large casino complexes, both located on Native American reservations. Rich in history and natural beauty, Connecticut draws newcomers from around the world, with large Polish, Chinese, and Hispanic communities.

Rhode Island travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
The Ocean State
Despite being the country's smallest state, Rhode Island includes over 640 km (400 mi) of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and more than 30 islands. Most of the state is part of the U.S. mainland, despite its somewhat misleading name. Though it takes only about 40 minutes to drive across this tiny state, Rhode Island includes more white sandy beaches than most visitors can hope to explore on a single trip. The state's one big city and surrounding small towns brim with places to visit, such as museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and historical neighborhoods packed with colonial-era buildings. Although the state may seem small, your holiday itinerary is sure to be chock-full.

Massachusetts travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
The Bay State
Known as the "Bay State" because of the three bays dominating its coastline, Massachusetts has played a significant cultural and commercial role through most of the country's history. An increasingly popular vacation destination for foreign travelers, Massachusetts offers numerous places to visit, ranging from historical sites to modern urban centers famous for their culinary, art, and nightlife scenes. With the majority of its population living in and around the city of Boston, in the 20th century Massachusetts went from a state largely dependent on fishing and agriculture to the country's leader in higher education, healthcare, high technology, and financial services. Home to renowned universities and research centers, the state's cities attract a young crowd of students, scientists, artists, and business professionals.

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Waterfalls · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.

Maine travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Gardens · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Beaches
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.