15 days in Coastal South Carolina & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

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Hilton Head
— 3 nights
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Charleston
— 4 nights
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Myrtle Beach
— 3 nights
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Wilmington
— 2 nights
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Corolla
— 2 nights
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Hilton Head — 3 nights

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Explore hidden gems such as Coastal Discovery Museum and Folly Field Beach Park. Head to Tanger Outlets Hilton Head and Chocolates by the Seafor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: stop by Old Town Bluffton, let the kids burn off some steam at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, visit a coastal fixture at Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hilton Head trip itinerary site.

Manchester, UK to Hilton Head is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Hilton Head, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Hilton Head hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Charleston.
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Charleston — 4 nights

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Get some historical perspective at The Charleston Museum and St. Michael's Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nathaniel Russell House and Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Venture out of the city with trips to The Center for Birds of Prey (in Awendaw) and Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area (in Edisto Island). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, kick back and relax at Folly Beach Fishing Pier, steep yourself in history at Aiken-Rhett House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Charleston online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hilton Head to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Charleston are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Myrtle Beach.
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Myrtle Beach — 3 nights

Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hollywood Wax Museum and Seacoast Artists Gallery. Kids will enjoy The Market Common and Spas. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Wheels of Yesteryear, tee off at Mt. Atlanticus, get a taste of the local shopping with Broadway at the Beach, and get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Myrtle Beach Hwy 17.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Myrtle Beach trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Charleston to Myrtle Beach in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Myrtle Beach sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wilmington.
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Wilmington — 2 nights

Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens, wander the streets of Historic District, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity United Methodist Church, then kick back and relax at Oak Island Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Franklin Square Gallery.

Before you visit Wilmington, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Wilmington in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Wilmington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Corolla.
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Corolla — 2 nights

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Whalehead Club, and then take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Corolla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Corolla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Wilmington in December, plan for little chillier days in Corolla, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Coastal South Carolina travel guide

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North Carolina Coast travel guide

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Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.
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