This beautiful state has it all: history from being one of the original 13 colonies, a gorgeous atlantic coastline, and beautiful nature and mountain ranges. South Carolina manages to balance sophisticated cities with quaint Southern charm tucked away in small towns. Whether you’re familiar with the region or new to town, there are dozens of South Carolina trips and hidden gems awaiting your discovery, so grab your bag and check out our recommendations!
Lets explore the best small towns to visit in South Carolina:
1. Beaufort, South Carolina
The county seat of Beaufort County, Beaufort is located at the southern tip of South Carolina and is the second-oldest city in the state, after Charleston. Founded in 1711 by the British, the town later became a shipbuilding center as well as a popular destination for plantation owners from the Lowcountry before the Civil War. The economy has shifted to tourism now thanks to its scenic location on Port Royal Island and historic district.
Spend a few days here and wander the Beaufort Historic District – we especially recommend the Fort Lyttelton Site from the Union occupation and the Seaside Plantation. The Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse is also worth the walk. Grab your hiking shoes and head over to Hunting Island, the most popular state park. Stop in at the Home Water Festival in July, or the Shrimp Festival in October. If you’re an art lover, it has been named as one of “America’s Best Art Towns” – visit ARTworks, their community arts center!