11 days in Coastal South Carolina & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

11 days in Coastal South Carolina & North Carolina Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Hilton Head
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Charleston
— 1 night
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Myrtle Beach
— 2 nights
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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Nags Head
— 1 night
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Hilton Head

— 1 night
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): view the masterpieces at The Silver Garden Gallery, trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): indulge your senses at Carolina Tasting Room, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally sample the fine beverages at Hilton Head Distillery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hilton Head trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Omaha to Hilton Head is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Omaha in July since evenings lows in Hilton Head dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Charleston

— 1 night
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, view the masterpieces at One Of A Kind, then go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, then walk around Joe Riley Waterfront Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Washington Square.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Charleston tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Charleston are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Myrtle Beach

— 2 nights
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the east coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pee Dee Bicycle, experience the excitement of Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, then take a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then kick back and relax at Myrtle Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Myrtle Beach trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Myrtle Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Myrtle Beach, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wilmington.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Wilmington

— 1 night
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stop by Cape Fear Spice Merchants, step aboard Battleship North Carolina, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and then stop by Historic District.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wilmington road trip site.

Getting from Myrtle Beach to Wilmington by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Wilmington, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nags Head.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 31st (Sat), stop by Mom's Sweet Shop, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then explore the galleries of Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jockey's Ridge State Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nags Head road trip website.

Traveling by car from Wilmington to Nags Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Nags Head can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Coastal South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Gardens · Beaches

North Carolina Coast travel guide

4.6
Lighthouses · History Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
Plan a trip to North Carolina Coast to explore a lengthy stretch of barrier island beaches. While there, you'll have a chance to discover some 480 km (300 mi) of beaches, each offering a different vibe and a range of activities. As you holiday in North Carolina Coast, you'll also find many coastal towns, adding urban things to do to your itinerary. Things to do in North Carolina Coast range from wreck diving and working on that perfect tan, to dining at fine restaurants and exploring historical sites.