8 days in Charleston & Hilton Head Itinerary

8 days in Charleston & Hilton Head Itinerary

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8 days in Charleston & Hilton Head Itinerary

Start: Charleston
1
Charleston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Charleston

4
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Fort Sumter National Monument and Old St. Andrew's Parish Church will appeal to history buffs. When in Charleston, make a side trip to see The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, approximately Awendaw away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Patriots Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel Oak Tree, take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Square, and take in the exciting artwork at Meyer Vogl Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Charleston trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Charleston. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Patriots Point, The Center for Birds of Prey, Angel Oak Tree, Folly Beach Public Beach
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Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument
Patriots Point ©
Patriots Point
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

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.
Coastal Discovery Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Endangered Arts, look for gifts at Harbour Town Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Coligny Beach, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head road trip site .

Drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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