Highlights of South Carolina
Collected by Stratton Lawrence, AFAR Local Expert
South Carolina is a geographically diverse, purely Southern state that abounds with natural beauty. Greenville is the cultural hub of the mountainous Upstate, while Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Hilton Head each offer their own flavor of Carolina coastal living. Explore landmarks from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, or just relax on the beach and enjoy the view.
2 Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
White Point Garden is located on Charleston's Battery, and it's surrounded by beautiful grand mansions. There are sweeping views of Charleston Harbor, and ample trees to hang a packable hammock and relax for awhile. The historic park is a good...
601 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, USA
This little gem is located in the heart of Greenville's downtown area. A lovely suspension bridge stretches over a waterfall, and the trails that meander throughout the park are perfect for a run or family walk. In the fall, the park glows with...
500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210, USA
This 170-acre park combines world-class animal exhibits, natural riverfront scenery, and a vast botanical garden into one of the state's finest attractions. Over 2,000 animals live here, spread across a bird sanctuary, reptile complex, and...
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, USA
This National Historic Landmark is consistently ranked among the top public gardens in the nation. Attractions include the country's largest figurative sculpture collection (over 2,000 works) and a zoo and aviary of native Lowcountry species....
100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061, USA
Few old-growth forests remain in the U.S., making this swampy wonderland a gem that's ripe for exploration. There are miles of hiking trails, but the best way to see the park is via canoe or kayak, either on a day trip or an overnight camping...
70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA
This excellent family attraction is located a little off the main drag in Hilton Head, leaving plenty of room for the resident "marsh tacky" horses, a butterfly garden, guided walks and tours, art exhibits, and even turtle talks to inform guests...
16 Penn Center Cir W, St Helena Island, SC 29920, USA
St. Helena Island is home to the Lowcountry's most active and vivid Gullah culture, thanks, in part, to the history of the Penn School. One of the nation's first schools for freed slaves, it's now the cornerstone of the Reconstruction Era National...
4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
Middleton Place exists because of slavery—a stark reality that’s acknowledged in exhibits throughout the sprawling plantation. Today, however, the site is a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend. Just stroll through the 65 acres...
329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
For many Charlestonians and tourists, every Saturday is spent in Marion Square at the farmers’ market. Students nursing hangovers wait in line for a crepe at Charleston Crepe Company while farmers from John's and Edisto islands sell their fresh...