8 days in South Carolina Itinerary

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Myrtle Beach
— 1 night
— 4 nights
Hilton Head
— 2 nights


Myrtle Beach — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach and then find something for the whole family at LuLu's Beach Arcade and Ropes Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, get to know the resident critters at Brookgreen Gardens, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyWheel Myrtle Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Myrtle Beach holiday planner.

San Diego to Myrtle Beach is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Myrtle Beach is 3 hours. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect Myrtle Beach to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Charleston.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Charleston — 4 nights

Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Charleston online travel planner.

You can drive from Myrtle Beach to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Charleston can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Hilton Head.
Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
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Hilton Head — 2 nights

On the 17th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at Carolina Tasting Room, enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at The Silver Garden Gallery, stop by Wheelz of Hilton Head, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally gain some tasty knowledge on Hilton Head Distillery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hilton Head, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Charleston to Hilton Head by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Hilton Head sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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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.