Top South Carolina Vacation Spots

South Carolina is full of beautiful places to visit. Here are our favorites:

1. Charleston

 Charleston, SC

South Carolina's second-largest city is a hub for Southern food and culture. While here, hit the secluded beaches like the Isle of Palms and view iconic mansions along The Battery and the 1700s homes of Rainbow Row. Don't miss Drayton Hall to get a glimpse of plantation life. Check out Fort Sumter National Monument or go shopping on King Street. The Farmers Market in Marion Square is a great place to grab lunch or taste low-country fare at Poogan's Porch, Cypress, 82 Queen, or Dixie Supply Bakery & Cafe.

2. Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC

This popular resort city on the coast offers beautiful beaches and a busy boardwalk to explore. Catch a Pelicans baseball game and a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. For active fun, take an ATV tour, standup paddleboarding lessons, or a private helicopter tour. You can also go horseback riding on the beach and parasailing from the back of a boat. Myrtle Beach also knows how to relax: Get a treatment at one of the great spas in the area, including Kiva Day Spa or The Awakening Spa.

3. Summerville

 Summerville, SC

Take it easy in Summerville. This small town northwest of Charleston is quiet and relaxing. Head downtown to find treasures at the Summerville Antique Gallery, lounge and find inspiration in the Azalea Park and Sculpture Garden, and check out the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site. You can relax at your Summerville bed and breakfast and head into Charleston for exciting nightlife.

4. Columbia

 Columbia, SC

Life in the largest city and capital of South Carolina is often centered around activity at the University of South Carolina. Check out the historic homes in the area, including the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, the Robert Mills home, and the Mann-Simons Cottage. Get outdoors at the Harbison State Forest, Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, or the Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden. Other must-sees are the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

5. Greenville

 Greenville, SC

Greenville is located in upcountry in the northwestern part of the state, not far from the Great Smokies and has a lively theater scene. Catch an off-Broadway show or concert at The Peace Center or Centre Stage, a play at The Warehouse Theatre, or an improv show at Alchemy Comedy Theater. See living art at the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery or Greenville County Museum of Art. Bike on Swamp Rabbit Trail and take a stroll in beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy River.

6. Folly Beach

Folly Beach is a small town carved with various waterways. It's just a 20-minute drive South of Charleston and is very popular with the locals for its state parks, beaches, and surfing. Be in the heart of the action at Center Street Beach, go fishing off of the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, take surf lessons, or take a tour with Island Hopper Boat Charters. If you're here between May and September, volunteer with The Folly Beach Turtle Watch Program, which protects the loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs in nests on the beaches each night.

7. Spartanburg

Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg is a 40-minute drive east of Greenville. While here, stay in a lovely bed and breakfast like the Clevedale Historic Inn and Gardens - a Greek Revival-style home built in 1913. Connect with nature at Hatcher Garden, a lovely botanical garden and preserve. Check out Hub City Railroad Museum and don't miss a stop at the Chapman Cultural Center, which hosts numerous art exhibits, classes, and events throughout the year.

8. North Augusta

North Augusta, SC

North Augusta is a quiet town in eastern South Carolina, just across the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia. The biggest draw here is the town's quintessential old Southern mansions, which you can experience for yourself with a stay in the resplendent Rosemary Inn and the supremely elegant Lookaway Inn. Take a hike on the forested wetland trails in 30-acre Brick Pond Park, or hit the links at Jones Creek Golf Club.

9. Beaufort

Beaufort, SC

Beaufort is on South Carolina's coast - just north of Hilton Head. In 2013, Beaufort was named No. 4 in Travel + Leisure's rankings of America's Favorite Towns and one of America's Happiest Seaside Towns in 2013 by Coastal Living magazine. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse for great views at Hunting Island State Park. There's also Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and Spanish Moss Trail for a brisk walk or bike ride. Whatever you do, don't miss a visit to Kazoobie Kazoos - the only American kazoo factory and museum.

10. Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island, SC

Pawleys Island is well-known for its golf resorts. Some of the best are Pawleys Plantation, Litchfield Country Club, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, and True Blue Plantation. If you're novice or simply want to up your game, take classes at renowned Mel Sole Golf School. Aside from hitting the links, check out the picturesque Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park and take a swamp kayak tour with Black River Outdoors Center.