South Carolina is a state that I should have explored every corner of since I lived there for several years during my time in the military. Unfortunately back then I was too closed minded to explore my own country and I suppose even if I wasn’t the restrictions and long hours I put in with the Marines gave little opportunity to do much adventures. I have returned twice as a tourist which gave me a whole new appreciation and experience but also some more regret I did not do more in the past. To me, South Carolina has always been about historic cities, beautiful subtropical beaches with palm trees, and southern hospitality.
A city rich in history and tradition, Charleston is a major tourist destination in the southeast bringing in 4 million tourists each year. Surrounding the city are also dozens of islands, beaches and resorts to cool off in the summer and enjoy water sports. Charleston’s history begins during 17th century and was the site of several important American events, including the location of where the civil war first began.
One of the biggest destinations in America, Myrtle Beach draws in over 14 million tourists a year who come to visit the city’s 60 miles of subtropical beaches. Many other beaches in the Carolinas or in Georgia are focused on family friendly environments, while Myrtle beach has all types of atmospheres for both families and the younger crowd who are looking to party.
The large island of Hilton Head is nationally famous for its resorts and golf courses. Unlike Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head has a quieter atmosphere with families visiting for a relaxing vacation. South Carolina gets very hot in the summer so Hilton head is a perfect getaway from the heat, but because of the island’s many resorts and beach houses, people from all over the country come to vacation here.
South Carolina’s coast is full of wetlands, beaches and small towns. Historic places like Georgetown and Beaufort are just two of the dozens of places to visit. Bed & Breakfasts along with warm subtropical weather make these a great escape.