South Carolina enjoys a beautiful location on the SE coastline of the United States. The state enjoys a pleasant weather throughout the year, miles of scenic beaches and unspoilt islands that makes the state a very popular tourist destination in the country. Whether you love arts and culture of a big fan of outdoor adventure, South Carolina has something for everyone. here are the top 20 cities to visit in South Carolina –
If you are looking for a fun-filled family getaway then Greenville would surely tick all the boxes. It has great educational attractions on one hand and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure on the other. The downtown is pedestrian friendly where you can indulge in some lazy shopping or just have a good meal. the Greenville Symphony Orchestra is a noted attraction here.
Spartanburg is a historic town that promises a lot of outdoor activities. The Historic Downtown Walking Tour should not be missed at all and you can also opt for the self-guided driving tour called RevWar.com that teaches you about the role of the town in WWI & II. The BMW Zentrum is the only museum in the world of the German car maker and it also acts as a the only car manufacturing unit in the United States.
This is the oldest city in this state and is home to some wonderful places like Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Charleston Music Hall. If you are a history buff then you will love the preserved plantation homes that dates back to the 1670s. Charleston is also known for its cuisine and the local craft beers.
Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, offers the visitors a wealth of varied and enjoyable attractions. The South Carolina State House would interest those who are keen on historical things but the star attraction is the Hampton-Preston Mansion that is as old as 1818.
The Las Vegas of South Carolina, the Myrtle Beach is very kid-friendly and it offers much more than just an occasion to relax on the beach. Myrtle Beach is one of the top-rated tourist destinations in the world and the flashing neon lights of the entertainment and shopping complex have compelled many tourists to compare this place to Vegas. The Ripley’s Aquarium is a big hit among the young tourists.
North Myrtle Beach
Technically a separate city for Myrtle Beach, this area is home to everything from mom and pop motels 2 rustic cottages and even a few luxury resorts right on the beach.
Located just south of the North Carolina state line, this area provides convenient access to Interstate 77 as well as a main street of shops and restaurants.
Rock Hill enjoys a mild climate throughout the year and the chief attractions of the city include Fountain Park and Glencairn Garden. You can try cycling at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center or just explore the Catawba River on a kayak.
Hilton Head is often regarded as a one-stop vacation place in S Carolina. Here you can play golf or tennis in the morning, ride a beach cruiser on the bike trails or just play around on the gentle waves of the Atlantic. A number of art galleries in this place makes Hilton Head a culturally vibrant place.
Fountain Inn is a small city located in Upstate South Carolina. It is full of historic charm and was named after an old in that had a fountain which attracted travelers.
Sullivans Island is home to Fort Moultrie where Edgar Allan Poe with station from 1827 until 1828. The island is the setting of his story the gold bug.
This town is named after general Wade Hampton a civil war military leader. Check out the annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival the oldest state festival dating all the way back to 1939. It happens every year in June.
Just 20 min from Charleston, Folly Beach is a great place for sunbathing and surfing. the best time to come here is between May and October when the weather is pleasant. You can visit the attractions like Morris Island Lighthouse or just enjoy the natural beauty of Folly Beach.
The historic coastal town of Georgetown is located between Myrtle Beach and Charleston. It has a small-town charm with loads of attractions packed in. You can opt for a walking tour, a tram tour or even a ghost tour!
It is basically a seaside town that is frequented by both the locals and the visitors. The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year. The park has several designated areas like the pavilion, picnic areas, swings, walkways and children’s playground.
Sumter is a lesser known destination in South Carolina wherein you can visit the Shaw Air Force Base and the famous Iris Gardens. The park is well revered in the US as it is the only public park in the US that has all 8 known species of swan.
It was primarily a railway hub located between New York and Miami and played a big role in the Civil War. Once here you should visit the War between the States Museum and the National Cemetery to know more about the place and its history. You can also attend a concert at the Florence Little Theater.
Located in the western part of South Carolina, Aiken is best known for its equestrian culture and it has produced a number of champions over the years. The largest urban forest in the US is also located here. If you want to know about the city’s past then you can visit the Aiken County Historical Museum.
Anderson is one of the smallest cities in upstate South Carolina that has a few places of interest like the Anderson Memorial Stadium and the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center. It is a great place for shopping and you should visit the Anderson Mall which has more than 76 specialty stores.
The cultural center of the SC Piedmont region, this is home to the Newberry Opera house.
We hope that you enjoy our list of top cities in SC. We hope that you can use this list of to help you plan your next trip.
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