Travel Planning
South Carolina
Travel Planning
South Carolina

South Carolina at a Glance

South Carolina is the kind of place that sneaks up on you – and before you know it, you’ve fallen under its spell. Myrtle Beach is famous as a top-notch family destination and is certainly a jewel in the state’s crown. But for those seeking out-of-the-ordinary experiences and a hearty dose of Southern hospitality, there’s much more in store.

Historic Charleston will sweep you off your feet with its seaside location and charming old neighborhoods. The Lowcountry and Sea Islands blend natural coastal beauty and one-of-a-kind culture, with influences from the Gullah community, who descended from West African slaves and held onto their ancestors’ traditions. From golf, sunbathing and resort-based relaxation on the coast to hiking and whitewater rafting in the rugged Upcountry landscape in the western part of the state, there are activities to suit every taste (and age). And speaking of taste, in a state that touts itself as the birthplace of barbecue, you’re guaranteed some memorable meals.

No matter whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a vacation-of-the-year destination, South Carolina has the chops to make it to the top of your bucket list.

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Popular Places
  • Charleston Charleston
  • Greenville Greenville
  • Beaufort Beaufort
  • Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach
  • Columbia (SC) Columbia (SC)
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Charleston International Airport
  • Major Airport Myrtle Beach International Airport
  • Major Airport Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
  • Regional Airport Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather: Hurricane season runs from June through November. Strong thunderstorms and tornadoes also occur, and can lead to flooding and extensive damage.

Safety Concerns Crime rates vary widely throughout the state, but in general, violent crime is rare. Taking normal safety precautions, particularly in large cities, is wise, such as avoiding dimly lit streets and areas not frequented by travelers, wearing inconspicuous or no jewelry and carrying small amounts of cash.

Health Concerns Drinking water is safe throughout the United States. Health concerns are more likely to come into play during hiking, trekking or other outdoor exploration, during which insect-borne diseases (lyme disease, West Nile virus, etc.) and wildlife encounters can be an issue. Sharks are occasionally spotted off the coast of South Carolina, but attacks are exceedingly rare.

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