Hotspots to Hit on Your Trip Through the Palmetto State

October 12, 2022laurenslighthouse

There are few, if any, states that aren’t worth a trip at some point, but one that’s definitely on the side of underrated is the land of the palmetto tree, South Carolina. With plenty of beaches, golf courses, and excellent vacation spots, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the places you should hit up the next time you’re headed towards the southeastern coast.


It’s one of the most historically rich cities in all of the state, so it should be no surprise that Charleston, SC is going to be one of the best places for those vacation snaps. The pastel line of houses and buildings that make up the historic district is truly a sight to behold, with many of them offering walking tours to get a bit of a closer look at what antebellum life might have been like for the residents.


The state capital of South Carolina is a scholarly and upright city indeed, thanks in large part to the campus of the University of South Carolina, but there’s also the Fort Jackson military base there. It also has a touch of that historic appeal as well, with the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Garden in particular, offering some gorgeous walks, both in the gardens and through the home, which bears many of the original furniture and design from 1818.

Huntington Beach State Park

If you want to get out of the town for a spell, then what better way than to visit the lush and visually rich Huntington Beach State Park? This coastal reserve spans miles, chock full of colourful birds and freshwater lake fauna such as alligators, loggerhead turtles and more. The Atalaya Castle is a unique part of this reserve as well, tucked amongst the wilderness and still available for tours. Given the name, it does have a decent beach worth taking the time to lounge at also.

Myrtle Beach

If you want to lounge at one of the beaches of the southeast coast, then you need not look any further. Choosing one of the hotels of Myrtle Beach can give you the perfect place to set out from and come back to. Aside from miles of gorgeous sandy beach, there are tons of attractions here: from the SkyWheel rising high over the beach, to the aquarium, to the Broadway at the Beach, a super-mall chock full of fun.


A lot of South Carolina can feel very old-timey indeed, and if you’re looking to get out of the antebellum era there’s a great spot for a more modern break. Greenville is one of the more progressive spots in the state, thanks to cultural exhibits like the Museum of Art, as well as the Peace Center Theater. It’s surrounded by plenty of lush green land to explore as well, and it can be especially mesmerizing to visit in the fall.

There is of course a lot more to each of these hotspots than we were able to get to in this post alone. This is but the tip of the iceberg, so take a deeper look and plan your perfect trip to South Carolina to enjoy a little southern comfort.

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