The gorgeous state of South Carolina lies alongside the Atlantic ocean and is tucked away between North Carolina and Georgia within its borders you will find stunning beaches national forests thriving cities traditional villages and plenty of southern charm coastal destinations are a top pick for many but south Carolina is also a nature lover’s dream getaway as you plan your trip to the palmetto state be sure to check out this list of best places to visit in south Carolina.
Number 10 Columbia
The capital of south carolina and its second largest city columbia lies almost exactly in the center of the state although it was established in the 1700s most of the city’s old buildings and streets were sadly burnt down by general sherman and his men during the civil war with only some monuments mansions and mills still remaining nowadays the two biggest draws to the area include the army base called fort jackson and the sprawling campus of the university of south carolina.
Number nine Caesar’s
Head state park nestled next to the border with neighboring north Carolina is the rugged and remote Cesar’s head state park part of the blue ridge escarpment the prominent rocky outcrop for which it is named impressively towers 3200 feet in height from its summit you can bask in phenomenal vistas of the coated hills and rock formations tumbling away below besides visiting its viewpoints and hiking along the leafy trails outdoor lovers can also check out its shimmering rivers and waterfalls.
Number eight Paulie’s Island
In the grand strand region of South Carolina and right on the coast is Paulie’s island this slice of paradise is a retreat where you can unwind stay active and kick back on the beautiful beaches long preferred by the wealthy Paulie’s island is an upscale spot for those in search of a South Carolina getaway Litchfield beach is a big attraction offering glorious sand dunes and a long stretch of pristine white coastline also appealing are the many golf courses some of which offer unparalleled sea views right from the t’s.
Number 7. Congaree National Park
Just outside of the capital city of columbia is the kangaroo national park named for the congaree indians that once lived and fished in the area the national park is an interesting mix of forested area and floodplain swampland here you can find some of the largest cypress trees in the world which are well worth a visit bird watching is another popular pastime with plenty of songbirds and the occasional hawk to be spotted most trails are for hiking but the cedar creek canoe trail is a unique way to explore the landscape from the water.
Number six Mount Pleasant
Once you cross the iconic Ravenel bridge from Charleston to mount pleasant a different world awaits while low-key in comparison to its world-renowned neighbor mel pleasant offers plenty of history recreation and things to see and do notably it is home to the patriots point naval and maritime museum this museum boasts retired navy ships many of which can be toured including the world war ii aircraft carrier uss yorktown the city is also a wonderful place to get outdoors and the walking paths at mount pleasant memorial waterfront park and shem creek park are scenic places to do exactly that.
Number five Greenville
While most of South Carolina has a historic traditional feel Greenville is the modern progressive alternative the city is often described as the melting pot of the old south and the new south and it boasts a growing cultural landscape on your visit you might opt to explore the Greenville county museum of art or catch a touring Broadway show at the peace center theater don’t leave without taking the time to visit falls park on the reedy a truly stunning park right in the center of the city that features an enormous waterfall.
Number four Beaufort
The coastal town of Beaufort is just off the intracoastal waterway and it has a history dating back to the spanish exploration of the early 16th century today Beaufort is known for its historic architecture and southern charms a great place to start is at the Beaufort history museum or you can see what an antebellum mansion looks like with a tour of the john mark verdier house walk through Beaufort’s historic district to admire more of the town’s architecture and then stop in at one of the charming cafes for a glass of sweet tea to cool down.
Number three Hilton Head Island
Just north of savannah is the picturesque hilton head island this barrier island is only 12 miles long but it has earned a reputation as a playground for those who love warm weather and gorgeous beaches while the rich and famous own a lot of the local property particularly in the upscale neighborhood of harbor town there are still over nine miles of public access coastline available there are also several bike paths and dozens of world-class golf courses on the island don’t forget to add a dolphin watching tour to your itinerary as dolphins are spotted throughout the year from just off the coast [Music] so.
Number two myrtle beach
More than 14 million people a year come to myrtle beach and it is easy to see why the coastal hot spot boasts incredible beaches blue waters and bright white sand sunrise and sunset offers magnificent views that simply can’t be beat what really sets myrtle beach apart is that it has a number of big attractions just off of the beach mini golf courses ripley’s aquarium and countless dinner theater shows provide fun out of the sun after dark the best place to be is broadway on the beach the enormous collection of bars and restaurants where you can always find something fun to do.
Number one Charleston
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the south Charleston is a historic port city packed with antebellum architecture its historic downtown is on a peninsula formed by two rivers and protected from the open ocean by surrounding islands fort sumter accessible by ferry from Charleston is an important civil war landmark make your way to the french quarter to find the huguenot church and several wonderful art galleries if you would like to see some of the most important sights at once and enjoy a heavy dose of charm at the same time consider a traditional carriage tour through the city you