South Carolina is one of the most spectacular places I’ve been in the USA. It is packed with Colonial Houses, Deep South Charm and AMAZING cuisine. I did a fly drive along the coast and visited Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
We flew with Delta Airlines via Atlanta into Savannah Georgia and home from Myrtle Beach via Atlanta.
First Stop – Hilton Head Island
Our first stop was Hilton Head Island which is just North of Savannah Georgia. In Hilton Head Island, think swamps, stunning, secluded beaches and lavish golf hotels and resorts.
Hilton Head Island was the most peaceful place and a lot different to most US destinations for this reason. In the locality, they don’t have street lights either, its all about being one with nature and keeping everything as near to nature as possible. We stayed at the Marriott Hilton Head Island which was right on the beach and offered incredible ocean views.
The beaches in and around Hilton Head Island have packed sand so are perfect for cycling on or even taking a horse ride. They are incredible.
Next Stop – Charleston
Charleston is probably one of my favourite places in the whole world. This is city is what you think of when you think of Deep South, Colonial charm. Its a walkable city and every street is lined with the most stunning Colonial homes and mansions. Its also based on a river and the waterfront is gorgeous.
The food in Charleston is also like nothing I’ve ever had! Its Southern food with a luxury twist and the seafood is to die for.
What I also loved about Charleston was its rich history and visiting all of the near by Plantation Homes is a must on your visit.
Middleton Place Plantation
The first plantation home we visited was Middleton Place Plantation which is home to the most stunning gardens I’ve ever seen. While here I recommend taking a tour of the home as its so interesting and I also recommend bringing your camera because the gardens are amazing. We even saw a wild alligator resting on the banks of the lake!
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation is very famous and has been in quite a few movies including The Notebook and for this reason, I couldn’t wait to visit it! The history behind this home is incredible and quite sad too and taking a tour of this stunning home is a must. While there, I also recommend you take a walk around the original slave quarters which are still to this day standing. Its just a fantastic place to visit and of course I loved relating it to different parts of The Notebook movie! It was where Ali lived!
Hotel wise in Charleston, we stayed in a Marriott just on the outskirts of the city alongside the river and it was gorgeous.
Last Stop – Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach was my least favourite of the destinations we visited as it was quite commercial and tacky compared to the stunning, old fashioned Charleston and the relaxing escape of Hilton Head Island. The beach here is amazing though and it is a good spot for families with mini golf, large hotels with pools and an observation wheel that has amazing views! There is also really good shopping outlets in the area.
In Myrtle Beach we stayed in the Hilton in North Myrtle Beach which was a large resort right on the beach. I did feel we were quite far away from everything though so you would be better staying around the Boardwalk area. Myrtle Beach is a whooping 60 miles long!
Out of all destinations it was Charleston that stood out for me and its there that I’d love to go back and visit. We only had two nights there and so I feel I need another trip to see all that I didn’t get to this in this charming city. I’d highly recommend Charleston, if you’re looking to visit an authentic Deep South city that’s different to the traditional US destinations such as NYC, Las Vegas and Orlando.
Would you visit South Carolina?
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