Road trips are a quintessential part of American culture. There is nothing like piling your family or a few of your closest friends in the car and experiencing the thrill of the open road. A road trip is also an ideal way to visit romantic sites on a weekend road trip for two.
If you are getting ready to plan your next vacation, we suggest traveling down the East Coast of the USA — more specifically, coastal South Carolina. A road trip along the South Carolina coast lets you experience the coastal charm, history, food and fun of this fabulous state. From southern port cities like Charleston to the relaxing resort community of Myrtle Beach, your South Carolina road trip will be filled with unforgettable stops, a plethora of produce stands, iconic lighthouses and whatever quaint towns catch your eye.
Your travel plans may be keeping you stateside this year, but you can still plan a wonderful vacation along the eastern coast of the Palmetto State. Whether it is a weekend jaunt or a week-long excursion, hopping in your car or RV and exploring the beautiful coastlines of South Carolina is a whole new experience avid beachgoers are sure to love.
Planning a road trip lets you follow your own schedule, customize your itinerary and can help you get the most bang for your buck — and South Carolina's eastern coast delivers with plenty of attractions that are worth visiting.
Here are some of the area's most popular coastal road trip destinations.
Nestled along the coast in South Carolina's Lowcountry, Hilton Head Island is found just north of the Georgia state line. This boot-shaped island is famous for its gorgeous beaches, world-class golf courses, scrumptious dining and peaceful surroundings that strive to stay in harmony with the natural world.
Before the Civil War, dozens of plantations cropped up across the island growing Sea Island Cotton. Today, Hilton Head's plantations refer to the many large resorts found here. From water sports to the unique local lighthouse, there's something to do and see for young and old on South Carolina's most famous island.
The Lowcountry is a 200-mile region that stretches from Georgia well into coastal South Carolina. This area is known for its rich culture, history and distinct landscape. The best way to absorb the sights and sounds of this unforgettable area is to relax and take it slow. The Lowcountry's unique geography and climate spurred residents to develop a culture, architecture and cuisine that's all their own.
Visit the antebellum plantation homes in Beaufort, with their big front porches and rocking chairs, or roam the untouched natural beauty of Edisto Island. You may even see a Gullah woman, descended from the Lowcountry's first black inhabitants, selling sweetgrass baskets. Whether you are enjoying some shrimp and grits with a side of sweet tea or exploring the sprawling palmetto trees, you will soon discover why the Lowcountry is a wildly popular stop off on your South Carolina road trip.
As one of the oldest cities in America, Charleston is the perfect place to take a step back in time. This port town is technically located in the Lowcountry, and it is definitely worth spending some time in. You will love experiencing the warm hospitality, great food and unique entertainment, which may include some live jazz.
If you are a history buff, a trip to Charleston will be a dream come true. More Revolutionary War battles were fought in South Carolina than any other state, many of which occurred near Charleston. Across the harbor in Fort Sumter, you can see where the first shot of the Civil War was fired. From the cobbled streets and the battlefields to the incredible architecture, Charleston is where American history comes alive.
Georgetown sits right between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, but it is far more than just a place to stop between these two major hubs. This gorgeous harbor city boasts a rich history that spans back to colonial America. As you explore the harbor, the city streets and the delicious food, be sure to book a boat to visit the state's oldest lighthouse — Georgetown Light, which was constructed in 1812.
Myrtle Beach is by far South Carolina's most popular tourist destination. Every season, millions of visitors flock to this beautiful resort town for some fun in the sun. If you are looking for a true beach getaway, it does not get any better than a road trip to Myrtle Beach. Soak in the sun and doze as you listen to the crashing waves. Stroll the boardwalk in search of some seaside souvenirs or a sweet treat. You might also want to plan a day of water sports, such as kayaking, windsurfing or stand-up paddleboarding. There is no end of entertainment for young and old.
When the sun begins to set, things are just heating up in Myrtle Beach. This town is known for its exciting nightlife and stunning shows, so whether you are looking for an electrifying concert or a great bar where you can grab some drinks with friends, you have plenty of options to choose from.
Your road trip to Myrtle Beach can be as exciting or as peaceful as you like. For the perfect basecamp during your stay, pull into Myrtle Beach KOA. From cozy RV Sites to luxurious waterfront Deluxe Cabins, we have a way to stay for every kind of visitor. Take a look and book your stay with us today. With all the fun you are bound to have exploring the communities up and down South Carolina's stunning coast, it's no wonder the state's slogan is “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places.”
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