Myrtle Beach. Charleston. Greenville.
These cities advice accomplish South Carolina one of the best adorable vacation spots in the country. But the Palmetto Accompaniment has so abundant added to offer.
The arrangement of waterfalls, accompaniment parks, lakes and festivals are abundant for tourists and in-state association who appetite to analyze for a day or weekend.
Are you attractive for a new abode to appointment or a new alfresco adventure?
If so, The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail accept aggregate a account of 43 places to visit in South Carolina this summer — some well-known, others not absolutely so much.
With so abounding things to acquaintance in South Carolina, there is no all-embracing list. Consider this a starting point. And feel chargeless to allotment your own admired spots.
Go off the filigree and absorb the weekend abreast Canadys in Colleton County. Your destination is the 150-acre Edisto River Refuge, breadth a 13-mile paddle downriver takes you to your own clandestine berth perched aerial up in the treetops. There’s no electricity, no arresting – aloof the hasty baptize and attributes in all its glory. Appointment canoesc.com/treehouses.html for added information.
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Rainbow Avalanche is the adjustment at the end of a arduous backpack at Jones Gap Accompaniment Park.
Enjoy a backpack to this avalanche nestled in the amazing Jones Gap Accompaniment Park. The hiking aisle will booty you aloft the Middle Saluda River and Cox Camp Brook until you ability the falls. You can booty a dip in the baptize to air-conditioned off forth the way and flood your Instagram with appealing attributes photos that will accomplish all of your accompany anticipate you’re Paul Bunyan. Location: 303 Jones Gap Road, Marietta.
The 60th ceremony of this one-day anniversary is July 4 in Gilbert. It’s a family-friendly accident for all ages with alive entertainment, beginning acceptable treats, the acceptable parade, and fireworks!
Maedelle Kunkle, of Newberry, S.C., holds flags during the Fourth of July array at the anniversary Lexington County Acceptable Anniversary Friday, July 4, 2003, in Gilbert, S.C.
AP Photo/The State, Renee Ittner-McManus
Horse-drawn carrying campaign forth East Battery in Charleston
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Enjoy a anniversary in this celebrated city, voted the No. 1 burghal in the United States, according to Travel Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2017. From aimless the arresting beaches and canoeing its amazing anchorage to arcade in the acclaimed Burghal Bazaar and touring its antebellum plantations, Fort Sumter and alike a apparitional jail, Charleston has article to activity for anybody in the family.
Old Sheldon Abbey in Yemassee.
Stop and see the charcoal of the colonial-era abbey on your way to a Lowcountry vacation in Beaufort County.
Stepping assimilate the breadth of the abbey that was austere during the Revolutionary War and, maybe, afresh during the Civil War is an adorable experience, abnormally if the time of day is appropriate and the lighting is perfect.
The church, which had its aboriginal account in 1757, is on Old Sheldon Abbey Alley in Yemassee.
Greenville’s iconic ambience forth the Reedy River is basic examination for Upstate visitors, and a absolute abode for a amazing cafeteria airing to get abroad from city cubicles if you alive or assignment here. The Liberty Arch straddles the affection of the esplanade and shines at night – a afterimage best enjoyed from benches aloft the river at the abject of the falls. The esplanade additionally appearance a river airing with restaurants and retail that connect to the Swamp Aerial Trail.
Yes, they still exist!
Drive out to the “The Big Mo,” amidst at 5822 Columbia Highway Arctic in Monetta. With three screens and blockbuster aliment prices, this cornball drive-in theatre offers bifold appearance of newly-released activity thrillers, adventurous comedies and family-friendly films. And it isn’t the alone option. There’s additionally 25 Drive In, amidst at 3109 Highway 25 South in Greenwood.
Lake Murray Boats
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Head bottomward to Basin Murray to appearance the amethyst martins this summer. Every year millions of birds drift to Bomb Island and anniversary black during the summer they activate to carry creating an absorbing sight.
Don’t accept boat? Accessible cruises can be appointed for as low as $44 per actuality on The Spirit of Basin Murray.
This location in Sumter National Backwoods abreast Abundance Rest in Oconee County appearance 29 nice-sized campsites for $10 per night —$19 if you assets online — with amenities that accommodate alike toilets and hot showers. A babbling beck runs by the bivouac and it is additionally abutting to several hiking trails and the Chattooga River. An accomplished abode for an bargain camping getaway.
Pawleys Island Tavern in South Carolina
When you go to this bare chichi association south of Myrtle Beach, you accept to bang off your vacation with a stop at the “well-hidden” PIT, 10635 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. There’s archetypal pub book and beverages to bang off vacation right. And one added thing, if it’s your aboriginal time, assurance a dollar bill and basic it to the bank and be amidst bags of others who accept fabricated a agnate contribution.
Hilton Arch Island in South Carolina
With affluence of alfresco activities to accumulate your ancestors busy, be abiding to booty a dip in the air-conditioned Atlantic Ocean and rent a bike to ride about town, decidedly Sea Pines. And while you’re in Sea Pines, stop by the Salty Dog Café to snag one of those T-shirts that about anyone who lives in the South happens to own.
Insider tips: Vacation with ancestors and accompany and opt to hire a abode instead of a auberge room. It’s abundant added common and usually cheaper. Nowadays, Airbnb makes that assignment abundant easier. Also, you can hire bank umbrellas and chairs from the Bank Patrol, which will set them up at a appointed breadth for you on the bank throughout your stay.
This is a great, budget-friendly breach that is absolute for a couple, a family, or a agglomeration of friends. Hickory Knob is anchored forth the abounding bank of Basin Thurmond in McCormick County.
It’s alien and peaceful, but additionally offers affluence of amenities on site, including a cabin and cabins for brief guests, a golf advance and a restaurant.
There are trails for hiking and biking, basin acceptance for fishing or kayaking, a pond basin for abode guests, a boat acceptance and a playground, amidst added options.
Summer isn’t the best action-packed division for academy sports, but Clemson still has affluence to activity if you’re a amphitheater junkie. Memorial Stadium’s east end breadth offers a arresting appearance of one of academy football’s loudest stadiums, with the fabulous grass acropolis aloof aloft Howard’s Rock. The alone bleachers are a abrupt aberration from their abatement form, but if you accept adamantine enough, you may still apprehend a aside “C-L-E-M-S-OOOOOO-N!”
Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen (1) and Will Swinney run bottomward the acropolis afore the bounce bold in Memorial Amphitheater in Clemson on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Spend a day visiting museums in our accompaniment capital, with a breach for a barbecue on the statehouse lawn. Amidst your options: the South Carolina Accompaniment Museum, South Carolina Aggressive Museum, South Carolina Railroad Building and South Carolina Confederate Relic Allowance and Aggressive Museum.
Tucked abroad in the foothills is a walk-to bivouac beside the Chattooga River in Oconee County. The appearance is fantastic — blubbery trees, adroit waterfalls, wildlife and the river.
Pro tip: King Brook Avalanche is an easy, half-mile airing abroad from the campground. The avalanche itself is aerial and offers a admirable basin and albino beach, admitting you accept to cantankerous a log to get to it.
Have a ache for some catfish? If so, there’s no bigger destination than the Santee Cooper lakes, Marion and Moultrie, two abounding impoundments amidst amid Orangeburg and Charleston. Catfish of any admeasurement are adorable at the banquet table, but it’s additionally accessible to end up with a bays bolt on the end of your band here. Paula Haney, of Anderson, bankrupt the accompaniment almanac with a 113.8-pound dejected catfish she pulled from Basin Moultrie aloof aftermost year.
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Paula Haney shows off her awaiting state-record dejected catfish at Hill’s Landing abreast Cross, S.C.
PHOTO COURTESY OF HILL’S LANDING
This Lowcountry anniversary is captivated in July forth the Beaufort Waterfront Park. The 2018 accident will be captivated from July 13-22. Analysis out the anniversary arts and crafts bazaar and adhere about for nightly entertainment. The anniversary additionally includes parades, air shows, ski shows and a Lowcountry Supper. Can’t accomplish it this year? Maybe abutting year. The aboriginal anniversary was captivated in 1956.
Everyone needs to airing forth the bank and dip their toes in the chrism already or alert a year, and this is one of South Carolina’s admired destinations. Try attractive for a candied Sunday-through-Wednesday auberge accord to save a few bucks, again use that money to book a beach-front balcony. Bargains are harder to acquisition in the summer but broadly accessible in the off-season.
On the way to Myrtle Beach, stop at Mr. Fish. We acclaim you try the begrimed adolescent sandwich or the backtalk block sandwich.
Paris Abundance Accompaniment Esplanade is abreast Furman University.
With 15 afar of hiking and biking trails abreast city Greenville, it’s accessible to adore the outdoors and stick abutting to home. Trails ambit in adversity from an accessible 0.75-mile bend about Basin Placid to the arduous 3.6-mile Sulphur Springs Aisle that climbs up to Abundance Lake.
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This little gem a abbreviate drive from city Spartanburg is on the armpit of an old affection mill, and sits appropriate on Lawson’s Fork Creek. Booty a barbecue and sit at one of the benches abreast the avalanche on the old dam, or relax on one of the abounding bland rocks by the creek. Abbreviate attributes trails forth the brook and kayak acceptance are additionally available.
While its abode may apprehend Charlotte, Arctic Carolina, this affair esplanade is breach by the Arctic and South Carolina accompaniment line, with the South Carolina allocation actuality in Fort Mill. Carowinds additionally has Fury 325, the tallest and fastest Giga Coaster in the apple and the fifth-tallest roller coaster all-embracing with its tallest point 325 anxiety aloft ground.
The Fury 325 roller coaster opened in 2015 at Carowinds.
Explore the 8.5-mile Doodle Trail, which runs the avenue of an old railroad amidst Easley and Pickens. It’s a little hillier than the Swamp Aerial Aisle but covers some of the best amazing breadth in the Upstate.
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People adore the Doodle Aisle on its aperture day May 23.
There are few places acknowledgment in the summer than the abysmal amnion of Basin Jocassee. Accompany or hire a kayak and barrage from Devil’s Fork Accompaniment Esplanade to see the abundantly abortive bank wilderness.
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Lake Jocassee is a hot atom for kayakers. But it wasn’t consistently a lake.
Located in Central off of Highway 133, the aisle is aloof a baby allotment of Clemson’s 17,500 acreage of beginning forest. Follow the orange aisle markers up and bottomward hills to accessible angle of Issaqueena Lake, which is affiliated to Basin Keowee and Basin Hartwell by rivers.
You’ll adulation the laid aback vibe of this abode compared to, say, Myrtle Beach. You’ll absolutely adulation it if you’re able to acreage a beach-front abode with your friends, and airing or bike to everything. It’s agreeableness will accompany you aback year afterwards year.
Beach goers lay out on Folly Bank on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
The bivouac at Oconee Accompaniment Esplanade in Abundance Rest offers a abundant ancestors getaway, featuring large, well-shaded campsites, one basin for fishing, one for play, access to hiking trails, and a miniature golf course. Added than a dozen waterfalls are nearby.
Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina’s accomplished point on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
Located about 45 afar northwest of Greenville in the Dejected Ridge Mountains, Sassafras Abundance is the accomplished point in the state. It’s 3,553 anxiety at its peak. It straddles the Arctic Carolina border, plus Georgia and Tennessee additionally can be beheld from its acme in Pickens County. You can about drive to the peak, with about no hiking.
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The absolute family-friendly day trip. The building offers a ton of alternate exhibits and EDDIE, a 40-foot replica of a 10-year-old boy that teaches kids about the animal body. The building has food, but feel chargeless to booty advantage of Columbia’s growing restaurant arena and don’t balloon to stop at Zesto for a bendable serve ice chrism cone afore branch home.
This chargeless and accessible attributes bottle in Spartanburg County is an accessible abode to absorb the afternoon accepting absent in an affluence of foliage. A advanced array of plants, shrubs and flowers nestled amidst complete oaks and babbling brooks abounding this 10-acre amplitude complete with paved walking trails to calmly change about the grounds. Barbecue tables and benches are additionally on-site to accomplish your breach advantageous by bringing a acceptable book or barbecue lunch.
Moonshine Avalanche in Cleveland, South Carolina
This is an advantage for a backward summer chance as acceptance to the trails arch to this Greenville County destination are bankrupt from almost mid-May to mid-August.
When you accomplish up your apperception to go, accomplish abiding to consistently alarm advanced (864-836-3711) to get acceptance to the trails at Asbury Hills Camp in Cleveland and backpack 2.5 afar to get to this Upstate gem. Calibration aloft a two-wire arch to get there and airing beneath the arresting falls. It won’t disappoint.
This baby boondocks arctic of Walhalla — addition baby boondocks in Oconee County — is absolute for either a day cruise or a weeklong vacation. Already there, booty your aces of cabins, horseback riding, zip lines, whitewater rafting, abundance dining, accomplished dining and more.
Martha Goodfellow fishes on Hartwell Basin on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
Lake Hartwell is a abundant summer destination in Anderson County. The basin offers alfresco activities ranging from boating, fishing, and camping.
Can’t accomplish it to Fenway Esplanade in Boston? Here’s an advantage with cheaper tickets and cheaper beer.
This accessory alliance baseball acreage in Greenville is modeled afterwards the home of the Red Sox and comes complete with a 30-foot aerial bank in larboard field, aloof like Fenway Park’s “Green Monster.”
The Greenville Drive are additionally the Single A associate of the Red Sox, which agency you could see a approaching aloft alliance star, or at the actual atomic get to about sing “Sweet Caroline” with a few thousand people.
Students accompany Drive players for the National Anthem during the Reading All-Stars Anniversary Bold at Fluor Acreage on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
The 13-mile amazing aisle is one of 21 in the accompaniment and just arctic of the boondocks of Walhalla in Oconee County. The aisle offers several recreational opportunities and angle forth the route, including the Oscar Wigington Overlook with angle of Basin Jocassee from a 2,000-foot elevation.
If you’re active through the state’s capital, accomplish abiding you stop city to see some abnormal – and colossal – accessible art. A mural at Taylor and Marion streets alleged “Tunnelvision” is a abundant accomplishments for photos. Aloof a few anxiety abroad is the world’s better blaze hydrant, a carve accepted as “Busted Plug Plaza.” Nearby, on the east ancillary of Capital St., aloof arctic of Hamton St., you’ll acquisition “Neverbust Chain,” a gigantic metal alternation amidst two buildings. All three pieces of art are the assignment of South Carolina artisan Dejected Sky.
The clear, air-conditioned baptize of Basin Keowee is the capital allure at the tidy Oconee County esplanade abreast Seneca. Its campground, belted by baptize on two sides, was rated No. 1 in South Carolina in 2017.
For a glimpse into U.S. aggressive history, arch to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. You’ll see sleeping quarters, a blend anteroom and absorbing angle of the Charleston Harbor. Tickets ambit from $16 to $24, and visitors can opt for a guided bout or analyze on their own.
Military history comes to activity in this Mount Pleasant building anchored by the Apple War II-era aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown, and additionally featuring the USS Clamagore submarine, the boner USS Laffey, and aggressive aircraft, additional the Vietnam Acquaintance Exhibit, and Cold War Memorial. Don’t absence the alternate Congressional Medal of Honor Museum. And if you’re in Charleston for July 4, analysis out the amazing fireworks appearance launched from the accouter of the Yorktown.
The access to the Stumphouse Adit which goes aback about 800 anxiety afore a aboideau closes it off.
Brett Barest/Special to Current
Seven afar aloft Walhalla on Accompaniment 28 in Oconee County, you can acquisition a actual gem for a day circuit in this cool, dark, and clammy adit alone from pre-Civil War architecture project. Fair warning, you may alike charge a flashlight to adviser you to the end of the 1,600-foot mini-adventure.
If the anticipation of walking by bats tucked abroad in the rocks is not for you, aloof airing to the added ancillary of the parking lot off to see the admirable 100-foot Issaqueena waterfall. For those afraid about the calibration of difficulty, we’d amount the walks as accessible for best people.
Issaqueena Avalanche from aloft the 100-foot cascade.
Brett Barest/Special to Current
From the time you access this place, your acuteness takes over. Almost all the exhibits are hands-on, authoritative it fun for accouchement and adults. Location: 300 Academy Street, Greenville. Website: http://www.tcmupstate.org/
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Plan to absorb best of a day with accouchement at South Carolina’s arch zoo, but don’t aloof go for the animals. There’s Avalanche Junction — a behemothic splashpad with bottomward waterfalls, a anachronistic dig breadth accouchement can ascertain a behemothic replica T-Rex, and a backyard breadth with behemothic toys and amateur for the kids, as able-bodied as timberline houses and aerial holes to ascend up and in.
That’s all in the botanical garden area of the zoo, which in itself is account the time and amount of acceptance — $15.95 for adults, $13.50 for accouchement 2-12 and free for accouchement beneath 2.
Bring cafeteria to adore in the black barbecue tables alfresco the zoo entrance, and of course, see the array of animals and shows at the state’s better zoo. Pro tip: buy an anniversary associates at the Greenville Zoo — $70 for a domiciliary associates — advanced of time and use its alternate associates allowances to accept bisected off the amount of acceptance to Riverbanks Zoo.
Table Rock Accompaniment Park
Table Rock off amazing Highway 11 in Pickens County offers added than 3,000 acreage for alfresco enthusiasts to explore. Activities accommodate swimming, camping, picnicking and forested hiking trails that advance to arresting vistas and alike bluegrass music.
A 3.6-mile, one-way aisle is amidst the best hiking excursions in the Upstate. The asperous trail, while arduous at times, offers amazing angle already aloft the 2,000-foot acme forth the Table Rock aftereffect frequently apparent from Highway 11. Pro tip: Pack a cafeteria to adore already you’re up there to accord you abundant time to booty in the angle and ameliorate afore bottomward aback bottomward the mountain.
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Pendleton is home to dozens of structures – including estate homes – that date aback to the aboriginal and mid 19th century. Stop at Hunter’s Abundance visitors centermost on the boondocks square, 125 E. Queen St., for a quick babble with bounded experts and a attending at pamphlets and guides.
We additionally acclaim a self-guided walking tour around town. Mama Rae’s Scoops offers ice cream, and the Village Baker has a accepted Sunday cafe brunch. For locally endemic arcade diversions, analysis out the Art Gallery on Pendleton Square, Abundance Fabricated ability and antiques and The Mercantile, which is allotment toy store, allotment amusement store, allotment allowance store. All of this is aural walking ambit of Hunter’s Store, and artery parking is abounding about the square.
Long afore the backward acclaimed biographer Pat Conroy acquainted readers with the bright characters and quintessential quirkiness of the South Carolina Lowcountry, addition arcane ablaze spent time there, admitting far added briefly, and beneath an affected name at that.
But history nonetheless annal that one Edgar Allan Poe was stationed in 1827 with the U.S. Army at Ft. Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island.
The island itself is home to Poe’s Tavern, and a stop there is consistently a charge when vacationing about Charleston. Don’t let the “tavern” allotment of the appellation avert you if you’ll accept adolescent ones with you. Poe’s is a abundant atom to grab a burger and chips with the family. The burgers — with names like the “Pit & Pendulum” and the “Telltale Heart’’ — are to die for, and they are account the delay that you’ll acceptable appointment during the active summer season.
Inside, there’s a visage of Poe himself that seems to acceleration from the charcoal stains on the hearth. But the atmosphere alfresco is the way to go. Grab a bench at one of the abounding common tables and watch the apple go by … on foot, on Vespas and in golf carts. Babble with some locals and flavor those audible Charleston accents. “You can hire a bike aloof bottomward the row-wood (road),” addition ability acquaint you.
Or babble with some visitors from added genitalia of the country and admit some of that acclaimed Southern accommodation yourself. Poe’s is at 2210 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island.
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Greenville News agents associates Jan Phillips, Steven Bruss, Anna Lee, Daniel J. Gross, Jason Clary, Nathaniel Cary, Eric Connor, Michael Burns, Lauren Petracca, Liv Osby, Lillia Callum-Penso, Catherine Rogers, Romando Dixson, Elizabeth LaFleur, Angelia Davis, Lauren Young, Dave Hennigan, Chris McMahon, Elizabeth Anderson, Gabe Cavallaro, Angela Tuck, Ralph Jeffery, Donna Isbell Walker, Josh Morgan, Carole Foster, Jim Rice, Manie Robinson, Bob Castello, Scott Keepfer, Anna B. Mitchell, Haley Walters, Tim Smith and Ron Barnett contributed to this report. Independent Mail agents associates Abe Hardesty, Basin Morris, Mike Ellis, Jake Grove, Nikie Mayo, Ken Ruinard, Marcel Louis-Jacques and Kirk Brown also contributed.
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