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In the middle of the South Carolina coast, Charleston is close to both the raucous, party-happy Grand Strand beaches to the north and the elegantly tranquil Sea Islands to the south. Inland South Carolina remains relatively untouristed, though river kayaking is becoming more popular.

Day Trips from Charleston


The second-oldest city in South Carolina after Charleston, Beaufort is renowned for its sleepy Southern charm and romantic waterfront, as well as its popular Shrimp Festival, which takes place every October.

70 miles southwest of Charleston, SC,
Tags: architecture | history | day trip


The colonial port of Georgetown has a postcard-perfect waterfront and tree-lined historic neighborhoods, both of which are perfect for strolling after lunch at one of the downtown cafes.

60 miles northeast of Charleston, SC,
Tags: outdoors | architecture | day trip

Hilton Head Island

Home to innumerable golf courses and gated communities, this immaculately groomed sea island is a favorite second home spot for well-heeled Southerners who appreciate its peacefulness and exclusivity. It is, however, quite possible to rent a condo. 

105 miles southwest of Charleston, SC,
Tags: beach | golf | smart splurge | outdoors | day trip

Kiawah Island

This sea island is a popular vacation and second home destination, with championship golf courses, palm trees, and the occasional stray gator, all less than an hour from Charleston. 

26 miles northeast of Charleston, SC,
Tags: beach | golf | outdoors | day trip

Myrtle Beach

Sun-drenched Myrtle Beach welcomes hoards of Spring Breakers, Harley aficionados, and vacationing families to its white sand beaches, arcades, and outlet malls. Those with a penchant for coconut tanning oil and 24-hour donut shops will feel right at home.

97 miles northeast of Charleston, SC,
Tags: beach | family | outdoors | day trip

Savannah, Georgia

Often compared to Charleston, this Georgia port city has some similar features – historic churches, a picturesque waterfront, great seafood – but on a smaller scale. As America’s first planned city, most downtown buildings are designated historical landmarks.

108 miles southwest of Charleston, GA,
Tags: art | culture | architecture | history | day trip

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