Steeped in history, South Carolina was the first state to secede at the start of the American Civil War and still retains its independent character today. Its coast offers palm tree lined beaches, soft sand and blue water, while the state’s interior is dotted with sleepy towns, wild state parks and rugged mountains. With a fantastic landscape and a choice of cosmopolitan towns and cities to explore, South Carolina offers history buffs, culture vultures and outdoor enthusiasts plenty to keep them busy during their stay in a hotel in the Palmetto State.
Charleston – One of the most popular tourist destinations in the southern United States, many areas of Charleston appear to come from another age entirely. From your hotel in Charleston, you can troll past historic buildings, explore the state’s history in Charleston’s excellent museums or sample some of the local culinary delights at one of the city’s many eateries.
Kiawah Island – Located just off of the coast of South Carolina, the beautiful Kiawah Island offers a pristine beach, a choice of golf courses and a peaceful atmosphere. Book a beach hotel on Kiawah Island.
Myrtle Beach – With a wealth of entertainment options, Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular destinations on the South Carolina coast. Visitors can spend their days soaking up the sun on the golden beach by their seaside hotel, playing a round or two of golf on one of the many nearby courses or having fun in the old-fashioned amusement park.
Columbia – The state capital of South Carolina, Columbia has all of the amenities you’d expect from a big city. Great for shopping, restaurants, museums, galleries and hotels, Columbia offers a more contemporary South Carolina city break experience.
The historic state of South Carolina has a number of important sights and landmarks for visitors to explore. From the sprawling City Market in Charleston which opened its doors in 1841, to the imposing South Carolina State House which has been the home of the regional government since 1855, there are plenty of fascinating sights to see. Another must see for American history buffs is Fort Sumter, an iconic sea fort in Charleston which played a pivotal role in the Civil War. A number of historic homes can also be found in the state, with 18th century plantation mansion Drayton Hall and Gov. William Aiken House among the most famous.
When they’re not exploring the characterful streets of Charleston, shopping in Columbia or soaking up the sun in Myrtle Beach, holidaymakers in South Carolina can play a round of golf on one of the state’s many courses, go hiking in one of South Carolina’s undiscovered parks or have fun on one of family friendly seaside boardwalks that line that state’s coast. Fans of culture can explore the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Museum, or take in a show at the North Charleston Coliseum or Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.