36 days in South Carolina's Islands, Beaufort & Mountains of South Carolina Itinerary

36 days in South Carolina's Islands, Beaufort & Mountains of South Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Carolina sightseeing planner

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Hilton Head
— 4 nights
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Beaufort
— 5 nights
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Edisto Island
— 3 nights
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Wadmalaw Island
— 1 night
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Kiawah Island
— 2 nights
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Johns Island
— 1 night
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Folly Beach
— 3 nights
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Isle of Palms
— 4 nights
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Greenville
— 4 nights
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Pickens
— 4 nights
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Long Creek
— 4 nights
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Hilton Head

— 4 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Hilton Head is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Coligny Beach, awaken your taste buds at Carolina Tasting Room, sample the fine beverages at Hilton Head Distillery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hilton Head road trip app.

Atlanta to Hilton Head is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Beaufort.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Beaufort

— 5 nights
Beaufort is a city in and the county seat of Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Beaufort is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, admire the majestic nature at Hunting Island State Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Beaufort National Cemetery.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beaufort trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Hilton Head to Beaufort in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Beaufort, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Edisto Island.

Things to do in Beaufort

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Edisto Island

— 3 nights
Edisto Island is one of South Carolina's Sea Islands, the larger part of which lies in Charleston County, with its southern tip in Colleton County. Edisto Island is known for parks, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with Botany Bay Ecotours, take in the waterfront activity at The Marina at Edisto Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Edisto Beach State Park, and stop by With These Hands Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Edisto Island route planner.

Traveling by car from Beaufort to Edisto Island takes 1.5 hours. May in Edisto Island sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wadmalaw Island.

Things to do in Edisto Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Wadmalaw Island

— 1 night
Wadmalaw Island is an island located in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States.GeographyWadmalaw Island is located generally to the southwest of Johns Island and more than halfway encircled by it. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Bears Bluff National Fish Hatchery, then experience rural life at Charleston Tea Garden, and then sample the fine beverages at Firefly Distillery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wadmalaw Island trip planner.

You can travel from Edisto Island to Wadmalaw Island in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Wadmalaw Island are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Kiawah Island.

Things to do in Wadmalaw Island

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Kiawah Island

— 2 nights
Kiawah is a sea island, or barrier island, on the Atlantic coast of the United States. On the 15th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Freshfields Village, then stop by Kiawah Fine Jewelry, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, and finally play a few rounds at The Ocean Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): head off the coast to Kiawah Island, then tee off at Turtle Point Golf Course, and then tee off at Osprey Point Golf Course.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kiawah Island online trip builder.

Traveling by journey from Wadmalaw Island to Kiawah Island takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Johns Island.

Things to do in Kiawah Island

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Shopping

Johns Island

— 1 night
Johns Island, also spelled John's Island, is an island in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, and is the largest island in the state of South Carolina. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Angel Oak Tree, then relax in the rural setting at Eden Wind Farm, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Johns Island trip itinerary planning tool.

Johns Island is just a short distance from Kiawah Island. In May in Johns Island, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Folly Beach.

Things to do in Johns Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Folly Beach

— 3 nights
Folly Beach is a city located on Folly Island in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Folly Beach side-trips: Bohicket Marina and Market (in Seabrook Island) and Caw Caw Interpretive Center (in Ravenel). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Folly Beach Public Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Folly Beach Fishing Pier, stroll through Folly Beach County Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Folly Beach attractions planning site.

Folly Beach is just a short distance from Johns Island. In May in Folly Beach, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Isle of Palms.

Things to do in Folly Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Isle of Palms

— 4 nights
Isle of Palms is a city in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Isle of Palms: Boneyard Beach (in Moores Landing) and Hampton Plantation State Historic Site (in Georgetown). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sullivan's Island Beach, steep yourself in history at Fort Moultrie, head outdoors with Sealand Adventure Sports, and immerse yourself in nature at Isle of Palms County Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Isle of Palms trip builder tool.

You can drive from Folly Beach to Isle of Palms in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Greenville.

Things to do in Isle of Palms

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Greenville

— 4 nights

Textile Center of the World

The largest city in "upstate" South Carolina, Greenville has grown around the natural wonders of waterfalls located in the downtown area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Greenville: Campbell's Covered Bridge (in Landrum) and City Scape Winery (in Pelzer). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Falls Park on the Reedy, snap pictures at Liberty Bridge, explore the landscape on two wheels at GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, and head outdoors with Mice on Main.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Greenville holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Isle of Palms to Greenville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Greenville can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Pickens.

Things to do in Greenville

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

Side Trips

Pickens

— 4 nights
Pickens, formerly called Pickens Courthouse, is a city in Pickens County, South Carolina, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Pickens side-trips: Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours (in Rosman), Caesars Head State Park (in Cleveland) and Fred W. Symmes Chapel (in Cedar Mountain). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, trek along Horsepasture River and Nature Trails, pause for some serene contemplation at Soapstone Baptist Church, and explore the activities along Lake Jocassee.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pickens trip maker website.

Getting from Greenville to Pickens by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Greenville in May, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Pickens. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Long Creek.

Things to do in Pickens

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Long Creek

— 4 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Highlands (Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, The Bascom, &more) and Tallulah Gorge State Park (in Tallulah Falls).

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Long Creek online road trip planner.

You can drive from Pickens to Long Creek in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Long Creek

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips