8 days in South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

8 days in South Carolina & North Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
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Charleston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Myrtle Beach
— 3 nights
Fly
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Charlotte
Drive
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Asheville
— 1 night
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Charleston

— 3 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and Fort Sumter National Monument. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Folly Beach Public Beach, get engrossed in the history at Nathaniel Russell House, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Charleston trip planning app.

Nashville to Charleston is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Charleston. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nashville in December: high temperatures in Charleston hover around 63°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Myrtle Beach.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Myrtle Beach

— 3 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 31st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Myrtle Beach, then look for gifts at Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, and then catch some excitement at Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alligator Adventure, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, and then shop like a local with Broadway at the Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Myrtle Beach trip itinerary app.

Drive from Charleston to Myrtle Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Charlotte.

Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Charlotte

The Queen City

A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get in on the family fun at Carowinds.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Charlotte trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Myrtle Beach to Charlotte takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Myrtle Beach in January since evenings lows in Charlotte dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Charlotte

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Asheville

— 1 night

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, then take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, and then browse the exhibits of Biltmore.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Asheville sightseeing app.

Getting from Charlotte to Asheville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Charlotte in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Asheville: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Gardens · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Beaches
The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.