See You in South Carolina— 3 Cities to Visit on Your Trip to the Palmetto State

Columbia, South Carolina, USA skyline and highway.

The state of South Carolina is blessed with an abundance of amazing cities that make perfect vacation destinations. Regardless of if you are looking for historical sites, delicious food, or outdoor recreational opportunities, you will find it all scattered throughout South Carolina. Here are three cities to put at the top of your bucket list for your next trip to this diverse state.


The capital city of South Carolina has something for every travel taste. For those into history, Budget says that the New Brookland Historic District is the place to be, and for a more contemporary excursion, check out the scenic views along West Columbia’s Riverwalk. The South Carolina State Museum is a great place to acquaint yourself with the local history of this region. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the natural beauty at Congaree National Park and its 2.4-mile boardwalk that traverses through bald cypress trees and creeks. It is easy to be active in Columbia with a variety of recreational opportunities such as fishing, kayaking, hiking, and more.


As the oldest city in the state and its cultural hub, Charleston is a must-see destination when traveling through the Palmetto State. History enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to visit the many preserved plantation homes that date back to the late 1600s, such as Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Charleston also features a thriving microbrew scene and a host of amazing restaurants. Fresh seafood reigns supreme in Charleston, but visitors should also make the time to indulge in the authentic southern cuisine and mouth-watering BBQ.

Hilton Head Island

Beach lovers flock to the Hilton Head for good reason. This 12-mile barrier island is conveniently located between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. According to Discover South Carolina, Coligny Beach is a popular destination on this island for its soft sand and pristine coastal surroundings. Visitors to the beach can explore its environs by renting bikes, connecting with locals over a drink at one of the beachside bars, or simply soaking up the brilliant sun. With more than 20 golf courses, it is no wonder why this idyllic island is considered one of the top golfing destinations in the world. The moderate year-round climate makes golfing an activity that is accessible at any time of the year. 

All it takes is one trip to South Carolina to be won over by all of its charms. Any of these three cities deliver the perfect jumping-off point for all of your adventures in this inviting and gorgeous state.

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