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Total mileage / average drive time:
196 miles – 4 hours, 7 minutes
As one of the original American
Colonies, South Carolina has many attractions that draw attention to
some of the most pivotal points in this nation’s history. Now, combine that
with a culture shaped by European,
Caribbean and African settlers; a
breathtaking coastline; and a majestic mountain range and you’ve got a recipe for the ultimate travel destination.
Hilton Head Island
Ask any golfer to name one destination on his or her wish list, and more than a few will utter “Hilton Head Island” without hesitation. Famous for its 12-mile-long stretch of glistening sandy beach, Hilton Head Island seems to have been made with the outdoor enthusiast in mind — biking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and of course, some of the best and most beautiful golf courses in the country are just a few of the reasons to make this fabulous city your next vacation destination. The best way to see the second-largest barrier island on the East Coast is to rent a bike and cycle the numerous paths, many of which snake through nature preserves. You’ll find that the beach at low tide is the perfect surface to ride your bike over, or just park it for a bit and watch the beautiful, azure-blue water as it laps against the shore.
97.8 miles – 2 hours, 10 minutes
Ready for your next stop? The beautiful, captivating city of Charleston is by far one of the most popular destinations in the southern states and contains a wide variety of historical landmarks, interesting historical sites, and a rich tradition of hospitality and charm fully resonant of the Old South. The Historic District, the oldest part of Charleston, is a great place to start your exploration as you view many period buildings and houses that have been well-preserved and lovingly maintained. Walking tours are available in this area, and a great way to learn more about the amazing architecture is to tour some of the gracious homes built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Mount Pleasant District, founded in 1680, is home to one of the largest naval and maritime museums in the world, the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Housed in the USS Yorktown, the Museum features a Medal of Honor Museum, tours of the flight deck, a Cold War Memorial, a shipyard museum, a flight simulator, and a 40,000-square-foot hangar bay where vintage aircraft are on display. All this sightseeing can really put your appetite into overdrive, so it’s a good thing you’re right in the heart of an area renowned for its culinary delectables. So sit for a spell, enjoy a fine meal, and rest your feet before taking a tour boat from Mount Pleasant to view Fort Sumter, the site where the Civil War began and one of the most significant historical sites in the city. And of course you’ll want to explore the history of the Gullah language, culture, and people that are prevalent in this area of South Carolina. Sign up for a local bus tour, and travel around Charleston learning from the tour guides about the many important contributions of the Gullah people. This is a great alternative to a walking tour of the area and a great way to soak up a fascinating history lesson.
98 miles – 1 hour, 56 minutes
It’s a 98-mile drive along the exquisite coast from Charleston to your last destination, Myrtle Beach, which sits on the 60-mile-long Grand Strand, one of the eastern seaboard’s favorite mega-vacation destinations. With miles and miles of broad, white sandy beaches, there is no end to the amount of shell hunting, fishing, swimming, sailing, and swimming that can be had here. Grab your surfboard and hang ten, strap on your scuba gear and explore the many shipwrecks in the area, or maybe just spread out your towel, do a little reading, and work on your tan. A favorite among golf enthusiasts, Myrtle Beach is home to more than 120 golf courses, which might make choosing one the biggest challenge of your getaway. Rest assured, there are no bad choices with most of the courses designed by some of the greatest golf legends in history. From Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus, we promise, you are in good company. When you need a little break from the beach or the links, head over to the Ripley’s Aquarium, a massive entertainment and dining complex featuring wonderful restaurants, rides, shops, and of course, the 85,000-square-foot aquarium itself. Here, you’ll find an impressive array of fish, sharks, and even a place where you can reach in and touch a stingray. Bring the camera, this sounds like a place with more than a few family photo ops!
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