The Best Places to Stay in South Carolina
Visiting the American South, Plum Guide style
A fascinating culture and rich history dominate the towns and countryside of this former Confederate state in the American south. At its eastern edge lies the Grand Strand, the Santee River Delta and the Sea Islands, making for all sorts of family-fun adventures and scenic views. As you delve through the cities, you’ll visit a range of forts and monuments that give you an indication of the state's tumultuous history, from its slavery and the Civil War to its role in the Second World War. Charleston is the highlight, its historic district a popular spot for exploring in a horse-drawn carriage, just like the folk of old (as opposed to the old folk, as your kids will no doubt be calling you). Out in the sticks, you can tour the old plantations, or visit the beautiful parks in this eclectic state, and you can do all this safe in the knowledge that you are missing out on absolutely nothing. Here at Plum Guide, we've put our heads together to create the ultimate guide for your trip to the south, so heed our expert advice and discover the best places to stay in South Carolina.
Charleston Historic District
Charleston is the nerve centre of South Carolina, the main attraction with a flair for the culinary and a firm grasp of its history. Trot along the cobbled lanes of the historic centre in a carriage, you precious so-and-so, and lord it over the locals, as they honk and beep their way past you. Admire some of the old-world edifices, such as the Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel Russell House. The Old Slave Mart Museum will give you a sense of the torrid history in this Confederate State.
Hilton Head Island
Draping the eastern side of Charleston is a flurry of landmasses, including the iconic Hilton Head Island. Climb aboard (the island, that is) and spend an afternoon relaxing in the Coligny Beach Park. Clamber up the sand dunes and stroll along the bay, admiring the views of the ocean. Piece together the natural and cultural history of the region in the exhibits of the Coastal Discovery Museum, and play a few rounds of golf at Sea Pines Resort.
Mount Pleasant, Charleston
Back in Charleston, you might be looking for places to stay in South Carolina that are a little quieter than the historic district. Relish the tranquillity in Mount Pleasant, and wander across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge for its excellent sunset views. Browse the enchanting shops in the Old Village, before taking a stroll along Mount Pleasant Pier in the Charleston Harbour. The highlight for the history buffs among you is the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Take a tractor tour around the Boone Hall Plantation to find out about African American history and slavery in the region.
Another of the top places to stay in South Carolina is Myrtle Beach. Bring your family to stay in this fun and active hub on the Grand Strand. Escape from the kids to play a few rounds at one of the spectacular golf courses in the area, or simply conquer one of the miniature golf courses and show your kids who’s boss. As evening falls, visit Broadway at the Beach, which stands out for its amusement rides, ferris wheel and fine dining. Let the kids go for a splash in the Myrtle Waves Water Park.
Home to the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Statehouse, this cultural haven and its highlights confirm its place as the state’s capital city. Visit the impressive Fort Jackson, and wander around Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens. Seibels House and Garden is another great setting, while Riverbanks Zoo is an ideal spot for the whole family. If you’re with super little ones (as in very young, rather than equipped with magical powers), then the EdVenture Children’s Museum makes for a fun and educational stop.
Amble along the Georgetown Harborwalk and pick out your favourites from the luxury boats. Maybe even buy one or two yachts to impress the rest of your family and friends. Learn about the history here through trips to plantations, including the Hopsewee Plantation and the Hampton Plantation State Historic Site. Delve through the exhibits of the Rice Museum, and appreciate nature in the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center.