Discover why South Carolina is perfect for your next vacation
South Carolina offers year-round fun and adventure
Let’s start with a 4-season climate–mild winters, gorgeous summers, lush, green springs, and long, colorful autumns. Then let’s hit the coast, with more than 200 miles of pristine shoreline and America’s favorite family beaches. Then let’s add in more than 325 world-class golf courses,47 gorgeous state parks, hundreds of historical sites and treasures, incredible shopping and world-class dining. Add a huge helping of affordability and fun, and you’ve just scratched the surface of South Carolina.
Lots to see, lots to do
There’s so much to discover in South Carolina on your next vacation. There are few places in the country where you can take in a breathtaking mountain vista in the morning, then enjoy shrimp and grits on a pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at dinner. But that’s what you’ll find when you travel to South Carolina. From the Palmetto State’s dynamic cities and quaint small towns to her award-winning beaches, South Carolina boasts a legacy of scenic beauty, historic sites, activities, and attractions. And let’s not forget our well-deserved reputation for friendly faces and warm hospitality–you’re never a stranger in South Carolina!
From the timeless waterfront cities of Charleston, Beaufort, and Georgetown, to the beaches of Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offers some of the best beach fun to be found anywhere. Dine on fresh seafood after a day exploring the history and beauty one our coastal cities. Experience the beautiful gardens of Charleston or immerse yourself in America’s largest collection of figurative sculpture at BrookgreenGardens in Murrells Inlet. And don’t forget to stop in and visit some of our quaint beach towns like Folly Beach, Pawleys Island and Edisto Beach where time slows down and families build memories.
Experience a trip for the ages in the heart of the Palmetto State. Whether you’re catching a horserace in Aiken, tubing on the Saluda River or exploring the capital city of Columbia, you’ll never run out of things to see and do in the Midlands of South Carolina. Visit Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo–rated as one of the top 10 zoos in the country. While you are in Columbia, take a tour of the historic State House and explore the Vista–a downtown shopping and dining mecca.
From Columbia, take a day trip to historic equine-centric towns like Camden and Aiken. Camden offers the National Steeplechase Museum and a variety of Revolutionary War sites. Aiken is famous for polo, as well as steeplechase and flat track racing. Walk a quaint downtown with great restaurants and locally-owned shops. And don’t forget to look for the full-size decorated horse statues sprinkled around town. A short drive will take you to Newberry with its historic opera house or Orangeburg home to two historically black universities and beautiful Edisto Memorial Gardens featuring over 4,800 rose plants.
Take an adventure to new heights in the majestic mountain region of the Palmetto State. With spectacular hiking trails, scenic waterfalls and sweeping views, the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Drive SC Scenic Highway 11 as it winds through the foothills the Blue Ridge Escarpment, offering a slower alternative to I-85. Along the route, you will pass seven state park sites as well as Cowpens National Battleground in Gaffney. Enjoy hiking to one of the dozens of waterfalls or white-water raft on the Chattooga River before settling in for the night at a quaint B&B or boutique hotel.
After driving Scenic Highway 11, head over to catch the cool vibe of Greenville with its award-winning downtown offering over 100 restaurants and Falls Park on the Reedy–an urban park with inviting trails and gardens. Walka revitalized main Street, take in a show at the Peace Center or sit on a blanket and watch Shakespeare in the Park on a beautiful afternoon in the upstate of South Carolina.
Not far from Greenville is the Spartanburg, a dynamic, family-friendly town nestled in the South Carolina foothills. Experience great food and breweries in this “college” town that is home to seven unique colleges and universities. Wofford College has served as host to the Carolina Panther’s summer training camp since 1995.
Now’s the perfect time to discover South Carolina
The truth is, whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, it’s always the right time for a trip to South Carolina. And whether it’s a family holiday, a romantic escape, a girlfriend’s getaway or the golf vacation of your dreams, South Carolina needs to be at the top of your list. So plan your next great vacation and come discover for yourself why South Carolina really is a perfect choice!
DISCOVER SOUTH CAROLINA GOLF
South Carolina golf is unbeatable!
It’s hard to imagine a state that can rival South Carolina when it comes to great golf and beautiful golf courses. Our courses will suit golfers of all skill levels. Grab your clubs and head our way and you’ll find over 325 courses from the coast, through the midlands and up into the South Carolina mountains, all are waiting to challenge and reward you.
Myrtle Beach: Golf Capital of the World
A reputation well earned, Myrtle Beach is home to over 100 courses, like the iconic Caledonia Golf and Fish Club or TPC Myrtle Beach. From Cherry Grove down to Pawleys Island, you will find affordable and challenging courses by some of golf’s best architects.
Courses you know and a few you don’t
If you’re a golfer, then there are some courses that have always held a special place on your bucket list. Like The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. This 18-hole Pete Dye-designed seaside masterpiece hosted both the 1990 Ryder Cup as well as the 2012 PGA Championship. It will once again play host to the PGA Championship in 2021. Kiawah’s four other courses offer challenging designs by the likes of Nicklaus, Fazio, and Player.
And then there’s Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA’s annual RBC Heritage Classic Presented by Boeing. With its signature red & white striped lighthouse, this course is a “must-play” for golfers around the world and has been selected by PGA golfers as one of their favorite tournaments on the circuit.Sea Pines also offers two additional courses: Heron Point by Pete Dye and Atlantic Dunes, a newly redesigned course by Davis Love III. And while you are on Hilton Head Island, don’t forget to experience golf on one of the dozens of other public courses that offer challenging golf at a value you won’t want to miss.
You’ll also find some well-kept secrets dotting our state–a chain of emerald beauties that haven’t captured the national spotlight but are truly deserving of your attention. Like the scenic Hickory Knob State Park Golf Course with its tremendous variety of slopes and contours along the shores of Lake Thurmond. Or the Aiken Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina. This historic little beauty boasts 11 holes designed by the legendary Donald Ross and lays claim to being the first course in the country with women’s tees! And in the Upstate, be sure to play a classic mountain course in Cherokee Valley Golf Club, located in Greenville, which was rated by Conde Nast as the No. 3 small cities in the U.S.
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There’s never been a better time for your South Carolina golf getaway, so why wait? The courses are ready, the weather is perfect–all that’s missing is you! CLICK HERE to learn more about golf in South Carolina.