Must-Visit South Carolina Cities

Hot summer, palmettos, and antebellum history abound in South Carolina. Check out my guide below to the cities and towns you will not want to miss on your next visit. These are your must-visit South Carolina cities.

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Famous for its historic antebellum buildings, cobbled streets and vibrant cultural scene Charleston is a must-visit location for anyone visiting South Carolina. There are a myriad of activities in Charleston SC to choose from during your visit including taking a ferry out into the bay to see Fort Sumter, riding in a horse-drawn carriage past Rainbow Row and visiting Charleston City Market. The city is also packed with historic homes, many of which are now museums dedicated to the often dark and tragic past that is associated with the practice of pre-civil war enslavement. 

Myrtle Beach

Very much a seaside town Myrtle Beach is situated on the South Atlantic coast. It’s a must-visit spot because it’s part of a 60-mile-long string of beaches, boardwalks and arcades. Be sure to check out the Family Kingdom amusement park where you’ll find one of the largest Ferris Wheels in the country. It provides great views out over the ocean. Be sure to eat at Big Mike’s Soul Food located at 504 16th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577-3550 where you’ll be greeted not only with a warm welcome but huge portions of traditional southern fare including cornbread, peach cobbler, collard greens, fried chicken and mac cheese.

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Last of all when visiting the Myrtle Beach area do check out the stunning Brookgreen Gardens. There you will find all sorts of beautiful sculptures in the American style, as well as a lovely butterfly garden. I loved my visit to Myrtle Beach and I know you will, as well.


The birthplace of Greenville, Falls Reedy Park is definitely where you need to start your visit to this South Carolina Town. It is 32 acres big and very close to the West End district. This park is also popular with visitors for its historic buildings. Be sure to take the walkway over the Falls for a unique viewpoint, or just hang out in the green spaces in the park, and take a picnic.

Then there is very fun The Children’s Museum of the Upstate which is packed with hands-on interactive activities sure to keep both small and big kids alike entertained. 

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One of the smaller towns in South Carolina, Beaufort, is still worth a visit. It is known for its scenic waterfront location and historic antebellum mansions. Situated on Sea Island the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, it is perfect for walks and sea views. The Beaufort History Museum is well known for its impressive collection of 18th-century weaponry. With so many cities to visit, this is one of your must-visit cities.


Columbia is the state capital of South Carolina. It has a large population of around 140,000 to match. Known for its sweltering summers, museums, and zoo Columbia is a popular tourist spot and University town.

If you find yourself in Soda City as it’s also known, (for its roots in the Soda Industry) you have to visit Soda City Market. Here you’ll find a cross between a street fair and a farmers market every Saturday morning. You’ll also want to see the South Carolina State Museum located at 301 Gervais St. It was founded in 1988. You can find all sorts of historical facts and oddities concerning the past of the state. Enjoy your time in these must-visit cities in South Carolina.

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