In South Carolina driving just a few hours can lead you to a full day and variety of experiences.
For a relaxing day with a dose of history, head to Beaufort, the second oldest city in the state. You can take a buggy around the historic district, go on a walking tour, kayak in the estuary, and check out the stores that have been around since the 19th century. The draping moss gives a truly Southern feel.
Find both history and thriving new industries in Camden. The city is home to an artist residency called the Artists’ Attic, which houses nine artists you can watch in action and ask questions. Grab a snack at the Mulberry Market Bake Shop. Then head to historic sites including the Camden Revolutionary War Site and Camden’s Bonds Conway House, which was built by the county’s first slave to buy his freedom.
One thing Camden doesn't have is the Angel Oak. Nestled on John's Island, this tree is an attraction worth the drive. Estimated to be between 400 and 1500 years old, the Angel Oak has survived more than just battles and corporate expansion. Today, you can visit Angel Oak park to see the tree up close and witness a piece of beautiful history.
For more of an outdoorsy day trip, head to Walhalla. You can start hiking here and make it to Whitewater Falls. You’ll experience the forests, mountains, rivers and gorges.
If golf is your preferred outdoor activity, then spend the day on Hilton Head Island. For the full resort experience go to Sea Pines by the Harbour Town Golf Links course. Take a break from golf with some time on the beach.
And of course there’s the capital—Columbia. This is where you’ll find the University of South Carolina and the capitol building and grounds. While you’re in town, you can also check out the zoo and national park.