8 days in Columbia, Mount Pleasant & Folly Beach Itinerary

8 days in Columbia, Mount Pleasant & Folly Beach Itinerary

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8 days in Columbia, Mount Pleasant & Folly Beach Itinerary

Start: Columbia
1
Columbia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mount Pleasant
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Folly Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Columbia

2
nights
Columbia

Columbia ©
A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at South Carolina State House and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to God's Acre Healing Springs and Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve. Step out of Columbia with an excursion to Barnwell State Park in Blackville--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, walk around Saluda Shoals Park, examine the collection at South Carolina State Museum, and stop by Cromer's Pnuts.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Columbia tour planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Columbia. May in Columbia sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Mount Pleasant.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Blackville, Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve
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Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
God's Acre Healing Springs ©
God's Acre Healing Springs
Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve ©
Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

2
nights
Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant ©
Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Patriots Point. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Charleston City Market, view the masterpieces at One Of A Kind, then go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally learn about all things military at Patriots Point. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at The Center for Birds of Prey and then kick back and relax at Boneyard Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mount Pleasant trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Columbia to Mount Pleasant in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Mount Pleasant are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Folly Beach.

Things to do in Mount Pleasant

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Charleston, Boneyard Beach, The Center for Birds of Prey
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Patriots Point ©
Patriots Point
Charleston City Market ©
Charleston City Market
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

3
nights
Folly Beach

Folly Beach ©
Folly Beach is a city located on Folly Island in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Folly Beach Public Beach. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve and then kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Carolina Cider Company, and then steep yourself in history at Old Sheldon Church Ruins.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Folly Beach itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Columbia to Folly Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Folly Beach are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Folly Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yemassee, Angel Oak Tree
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Folly Beach Public Beach ©
Folly Beach Public Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Angel Oak Tree ©
Angel Oak Tree

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