Visiting Hilton Head Island is like entering another world. Accessible by the William Hilton Parkway, this island paradise boasts world-class restaurants, the charming Harbour Town and intriguing coves and inlets that inspire explorers. Nine miles of bike paths lead eager travelers to beautiful stops, and fishing charters will help you catch the big one. Relax on the beach and watch million-dollar yachts navigate the harbor, or go golfing on one of the many award-winning courses, including the George Fazio Golf Course, created by the revered designer. Shopaholics will find lots of stores and boutiques for souvenirs and more.
South Carolina’s Grand Strand, more commonly referred to as the Myrtle Beach area, has been a favorite destination of vacationers for decades. The area is essentially 60 miles of pristine, sandy beaches in a relatively tropical climate, spurring Southern Living magazine to declare it the “Favorite Beach Town.” Families will enjoy Ripley’s Aquarium and the NASCAR Racing Experience, while those looking for a bit of culture should visit Brookgreen Gardens or the Horry County Museum. Live entertainment awaits around nearly every corner, including venues like the Alabama Theatre and Carolina Opry. Local seafood is a must-eat, and the area golf courses are second to none.
Charleston’s historic downtown is perched on a scenic peninsula surrounded by the Ashley and Cooper rivers, which flow smoothly into the Atlantic Ocean. Coupled with the city’s great food and requisite dosage of genuine Southern hospitality, it’s more than enough to make the Greater Charleston region a popular landing spot for out-of-town visitors who are hankering for a taste of Civil War history and world-renowned grits. Outside of the city, head for the Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island for an even slower pace and access to some of the best beaches in the area.