6 days in Tampa, South Carolina & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

6 days in Tampa, South Carolina & North Carolina Mountains Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Tampa
— 1 night
Fly
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Murrells Inlet
— 1 night
Drive
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Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blowing Rock
— 1 night
Fly

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Tampa

— 1 night

Big Guava

Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get in on the family fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at The University of Tampa Campus.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tampa day trip tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Tampa. In December, daily temperatures in Tampa can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Murrells Inlet.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Murrells Inlet

— 1 night
Murrells Inlet is an unincorporated area and census-designated place straddling the line between Horry and Georgetown Counties in South Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour, then explore the world behind art at Brookgreen Gardens, and then look for gifts at Harrelson's Seafood Market.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Murrells Inlet road trip site.

You can fly from Tampa to Murrells Inlet in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Tampa in December, expect Murrells Inlet to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Murrells Inlet

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Battery & White Point Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Principle Gallery Charleston, then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at The Center for Birds of Prey, steep yourself in history at Nathaniel Russell House, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Charleston online tour planner.

Getting from Murrells Inlet to Charleston by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Charleston can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Blowing Rock

— 1 night
Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Handtiques.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Blowing Rock trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Charleston to Blowing Rock takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charleston in December; daily highs in Blowing Rock reach 48°F and lows reach 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
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.

North Carolina Mountains travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Zipline · River Rafting & Tubing
Called the "Land of the Blue Mist" by the Cherokee Indians, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are one of the world's most biologically diverse wilderness areas. The vast national park sheltering the native wildlife of these ancient mountains offers a close look at the area's nature and its people. A perfect spot for a tranquil vacation, the blue-misted mountains are one of the country's few World Heritage Sites, protecting the largest old-growth forest east of the Mississippi River. Things to do for adventurous visitors include whitewater rafting and river tubing, while those interested in more urbane entertainment can explore the area's many small towns on the 750 km (470 mi) scenic road meandering over the mountains.