South Carolina is a state brimming with Southern charm and character. As a road-trip destination, especially from Georgia, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Palmetto state.
Of course, Charleston is a popular destination for travelers from all over the country, but there are other little-known spots where you can also get historic charm and unique experiences. Here are just a few of the places that should give you reason enough to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and visit South Carolina.
1. Edisto Island, SC
Nestled in the Lowcountry between Hilton Head and Charleston you’ll find the beautiful Edisto Island. This is a great destination for short weekend road trips since it’s under 300 miles from Atlanta and will only take about five hours. This secluded spot is a laid-back destination with a picturesque landscape. The island has a rich cultural history and offers plenty of outdoor activities, not to mention some fantastic seafood.
2. Beaufort, SC
Beaufort is not only the second oldest city in South Carolina, but it was also named by National Geographic as seventh best waterfront adventure town. During your visit, you can soak up the beautiful waterfront views and take advantage of a variety of different festivals and cultural attractions. Located just off Hilton Head Island, this is a great road-trip destination since it’s just about 270 miles from Atlanta, which you can do in about four and half hours.
3. Georgetown, SC
Brimming with shops, historic attractions, and more than fifty antebellum mansions, Georgetown is a delightful look into a different time, making it a great place to escape modern life. Each antebellum home offers a unique experience for visitors. Plus, you can enjoy a day of golf, sailing, deep-sea fishing, and historic sight-seeing.
The other benefit to road tripping to Georgetown is that you have easy access to Charleston, which is only sixty miles away and takes about an hour and half, and you can easily visit Myrtle Beach, too, as it is only about thirty-five miles away, which is less than an hour drive.
4. Greenville, SC
Boasting two beautiful state parks and plenty of shops and restaurants, Greenville is a great town to visit for a quick getaway. Between the Reedy River Falls and the Greenville Zoo, this city will make wonderful road-trip choice for families and outdoorsy types alike, especially considering it’s only about 160 miles away from Atlanta.
Next time you’re looking for a last-minute weekend road trip from Georgia, consider the Palmetto State. Of course, there are many more attractions and towns that give people reason to visit South Carolina, offering a range of options for every taste and traveler.