With high temperatures hovering in the mid-80s and overnight lows in the mid-60s for much of the state, South Carolina makes for an ideal September vacation on two fronts: picture-perfect weather and an exodus of most tourists. But it’s not just the world-famous Myrtle Beach or postcard-worthy Hilton Head Island that provide the state’s vacation allure—South Carolina is home to cascading mountain ranges and towns with a decorated past, too.
Here, we outline four reasons to plan your next September outing in South Carolina.
While South Carolina scenery isn’t known for its sky-high mountain ranges, that’s precisely what makes the Blue Ridge Mountains (which many consider a secret state treasure) a top destination for September travels. You’re all but guaranteed to have the winding trails that pass waterfalls and scenic cliff-side lookouts nearly to yourself.
With a storied, often tumultuous past spanning hundreds of years, Charleston is rich in Civil War history. Throughout September and October, the Preservation Society of Charleston hosts the Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens, guiding tourists through the city’s oldest addresses and most cherished architecture and art. (Above, houses line Charleston's historic French Quarter at dusk.)
From Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, scoping out a resting spot on idyllic Myrtle Beach isn’t the easiest feat—it’s one of the most popular beaches in the United States and, according to the Travel Channel, one of the best too. Although many tourists have left by mid-September, those warm summer temperatures haven’t. If you tire of the humidity after a while, trek to the air-conditioned SkyWheel, a Ferris wheel that towers nearly 200 feet above Myrtle Beach.
Wildly popular Hilton Head Island offers an array of unique aquatic and beachfront activities, including wildlife tours, sports such as pickleball and complimentary wine tastings at Island Winery throughout September. The island is also known for attracting golf’s most talented players to its picturesque courses, so don’t forget to pack your clubs—you might cross paths with a pro if you’re lucky!
In Myrtle Beach, Club Members can stay at Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Anderson Ocean Club or Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. On Hilton Head Island, Club Members can make a home away from home at Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Don’t delay – book your September stay now! As a reminder, the Club reservation window opens nine months out from your desired check-out date.
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