5 days in South Carolina Itinerary

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Hilton Head
— 1 night
Myrtle Beach
— 3 nights


Hilton Head — 1 night

On the 1st (Tue), stroll through Folly Field Beach Park and then take in the waterfront activity at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hilton Head Oils, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Museum, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Des Moines to Hilton Head is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Hilton Head due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hilton Head, with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Myrtle Beach.
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Myrtle Beach — 3 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Hollywood Wax Museum and Captain Hook's Adventure Golf. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Atlanticus and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Myrtle Beach: Litchfield Beach (in Litchfield Beach) and Cherry Grove Beach (in North Myrtle Beach).

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You can drive from Hilton Head to Myrtle Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. August in Myrtle Beach sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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South Carolina travel guide

The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.