South Carolina Driving Tips + Things To Do With Kids At The Palmetto State

July 14, 2023

South Carolina, located at the Southeastern side of the United States, is blessed with natural wonders, beautiful beaches, and interesting heritage sites.

South Carolina, located on the Southeastern side of the United States, is blessed with natural wonders, beautiful beaches, and interesting heritage sites. It's a great destination to explore with your kids because they will definitely love the adventures that South Carolina has to offer.

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South Carolina Driving Tips + Things To Do With Kids At The Palmetto State

    South Carolina is also known as the Palmetto State, a name it has taken after its official state tree, the Sabal Palmetto. The state is characterized by a humid subtropical climate, as such, both residents and visitors are afforded nice weather during most of the year. That means more opportunities for outdoor activities as well as leisurely driving throughout its highways and coastlines.

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    Nonetheless, while the roads and the great outdoors are inviting, it would be best to keep in mind some road safety precautions. 

    Here are some driving tips and facts to keep in mind, especially for first-timers, when in South Carolina:

    Be aware of toll roads

    When on the road, one of the things that catches visitors by surprise is toll roads. Thus, always carry change with you so you do not end up being bothered with looking for change at toll roads.

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    Also, South Carolina roads are well-maintained. However, no matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. If you are caught in a similar situation, you may want to speak to a lawyer who can answer specific questions related to road problems and accidents.

    Be ready for sweltering hot summers

    Summers in South Carolina are a different story. Temperatures can reach up to more than 91 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 degrees Celsius.

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    When coming to the state during summer, ensure that your car is well-serviced with good air conditioning. Lastly, do not leave without an adequate supply of clean drinking water in your car. 

    Roads can get congested so plan ahead

    Since South Carolina has multiple tourist hotspots, roads can get congested. As such, plan your trips ahead to avoid the hassle of heavy traffic and arriving late for your itinerary or appointment.

    6 Best Things to Do in South Carolina

    Speaking of tourist hotspots, the state has a lot of beautiful destinations to cater to the taste of travelers. Here are some of the things that you can do in the Palmetto state:

    1. Go on an outdoor adventure 

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    There are many outdoor activities to do in South Carolina. These are whitewater rafting at Chattooga River, zip lining is the Blue Ridge Mountains, and mountain biking, hiking, and camping out at Paris Mountain State Park, just to name a few. 

    2. Take a boat ride down the Edisto River

    Edisto River is the longest free-flowing black water river in the USA. You can paddle down through its waters and enjoy sceneries and wildlife as you travel along its banks.

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    3. Visit Devils Fork

    Devils Fork is every outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Here, visitors may hike, camp out, or ride a boat in the river for a different kind of thrill.

    4. Go to Hilton Head Island

    Hilton Head Island is characterized by a seemingly endless shoreline of white sand beaches. Spend a day under the sun for a relaxing day with your loved ones in one of the family-friendly beaches in the island.

    5. Enjoy the Grand Strand at Myrtle Beach

    Myrtle Beach City is most popular for its stunning beaches. The Grand Strand, a strip of beaches of up to 60 miles, is full of many activities to offer to visitors. You can choose from the many things to do here such as a trip to a quiet fishing village, upscale resorts, restaurants, and even a bit of history.

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    6. Go on a Heritage Tour

    South Carolina is also teeming with heritage sites and attractions. Learn a bit of history as you marvel at beautiful houses and structures by going on a heritage tour in Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head Island, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Fort Summer National Monument, to mention a few.


    So the next time you plan your trip around the USA, don't forget to include South Carolina in your itinerary.


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    *This is a contributed post. Some information was taken from the official website of the South Carolina Tourism Office.

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    1. I absolutely love South Carolina. I've only been there once, but I never forgot it. I can't wait to get back there again.

    2. I'm adding South Carolina to the list of places I want to visit the next time I'm in the States. It's such a gorgeous area!

    3. I'm so glad I found this. We are planning a trip to SC soon and I am lost as to where we need to go!

    4. Oh wow looks amazing! We love South Carolina!

    5. South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It is a bucket list worthy place.

    6. I want to go to Myrtle Beach so badly! My parents took me there as a baby when we lived closer, but I don't remember it.

    7. Wow! I had no idea South Carolina had so much natural beauty to offer. We will add it as a destination to our planned road trip!

    8. Such a beautiful place! I’d love to checkout Devils Fork. I’ve also always wanted to checkout Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach

    9. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to visit Hilton Head & Myrtle Beach

    10. When it comes to South Carolina's many gorgeous beaches, thriving local culture and an abundance of cool restaurants serving modern twists on classic Southern dishes such as shrimp and grits. It's really great place to visit for holiday.

    11. I've never been to South Carolina before but that sounds like a great place to visit someday. Thanks for sharing this informative and helpful post with us.

    12. We have never been to South Carolina but we would love to visit soon. Hilton Head Island sounds lovely as we're more likely bringing the kids. :) Thank you for sharing this travel guide.

    13. Wow an amazing south carolina trip guide. I need to visit again soon.