35 days in South Carolina Itinerary

35 days in South Carolina Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Drive to Greenville
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Greenville
— 5 nights
Drive
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Columbia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Myrtle Beach
— 6 nights
Drive
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Charleston
— 7 nights
Drive
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Beaufort
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hilton Head
— 7 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Greenville — 5 nights

Textile Center of the World

The largest city in "upstate" South Carolina, Greenville has grown around the natural wonders of waterfalls located in the downtown area.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Greenville: Station Cove Falls (in Mountain Rest), Anderson (Anderson County Museum & Lake Hartwell) and Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours (in Long Creek). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Falls Park on the Reedy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fred W. Symmes Chapel, take in the views from Liberty Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Springwood Cemetery.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Greenville tour itinerary planner.

Exeter, UK to Greenville is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Greenville are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Columbia.
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Columbia — 4 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Change things up with these side-trips from Columbia: Darlington (Darlington Raceway & Williamson Park), Aiken (Hitchcock Woods & Hopelands Gardens) and The South Carolina Cotton Museum (in Bishopville). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, see the interesting displays at Lexington County Museum, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Jackson, and stroll around Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Columbia online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Greenville to Columbia in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Columbia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Myrtle Beach.
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Myrtle Beach — 6 nights

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Myrtle Beach: Litchfield Beach (in Litchfield Beach) and Murrells Inlet (Huntington Beach State Park & Brookgreen Gardens). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at New South Brewing, take in the waterfront at Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Myrtle Beach sightseeing planner.

Getting from Columbia to Myrtle Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September in Myrtle Beach, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Charleston.
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Charleston — 7 nights

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fort Sumter National Monument, admire the striking features of Drayton Hall, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Charleston online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Charleston sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Beaufort.
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Beaufort — 5 nights

Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Step out of Beaufort to go to Johns Island and see Eden Wind Farm, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Hunting Island State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Hunting Island Lighthouse, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll the grounds of Beaufort National Cemetery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Beaufort travel route builder website.

You can drive from Charleston to Beaufort in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hilton Head.
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Hilton Head — 7 nights

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Get out of town with these interesting Hilton Head side-trips: Saint Helena Island (Red Piano Too Gallery, York W. Bailey Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hilton Head Distillery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Cross, and head outdoors with Forecast Charters.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Hilton Head takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hilton Head can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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South Carolina travel guide

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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.
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