South Carolina

South Carolina Travel Guide

A list of what to do in South Carolina begins with a look at its history. Standing as the entry to the Deep South, the state is filled with antebellum plantation houses, one-time battlefields and hints of West African traditions from its slave-holding past.

In Charleston, rows of stately 18th-century mansions line the streets, and Fort Sumter stands as the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. While you're planning what to do in South Carolina, make sure to leave time to enjoy the heart comfort fare the South is known for, as well as a little Southern hospitality.

Many of the most popular things to do in South Carolina revolve around its coastline, from the retro kitschy scene at Myrtle Beach to the Sea Islands to the golf mecca at Hilton Head. Here, visitors can soak up the sun on sandy beaches thanks to its warm, balmy climate. Other outdoorsy things to do in South Carolina include hunting, fishing, canoeing in its swamplands and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains along its Western border.

Founded by Emilie Dulles, who was inspired by her mother’s appreciation of fine stationery, Dulles Designs sells high quality stationery and paper products from its studio on Church Street in The Battery.

The Greek Revival Edmondston-Alston House, which is open for public tours throughout the year.

This 55-acre attraction features an iconic century-old red barn that houses an active potter’s studio with various pottery on display, a pecan kitchen, and a coffee bar.

This 1741 historic plantation has an exquisite formal garden.

The designs of Billy Reid—whose boutique empire stretches from Charleston to Dallas—would have looked just as dashing on your great-grandfather.

Shop for distinctive local items such as linens inspired by the houses of Rainbow Row.

An intelligent museum in a former slave-trade sales room.

Buy a classic rope hammock from this beloved shop.

For furniture, handmade jewelry, vintage lighting fixtures, and regional cookbooks.

A 1742 plantation on the Ashley River run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This hangout is all about atmosphere—a martini bar with velvet curtains, hookah pipes, and bed-sized couches.

The best way to see this narrow barrier island, which is squeezed between a salt marsh and the Atlantic, is by bicycle. Rent one from Pawleys Island Beach Service.