It’s not news around here that I love America’s southern states. It doesn’t matter which state you visit, you will undoubtedly discover friendly people, beautiful cities and incredible scenery. So where should you explore the next time you head into the Deep South? Here are five great places to add to the bucket list.
FIVE PLACES TO VISIT IN THE CAROLINAS
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Located on South Carolina’s coast, Charleston is constantly voted one of the best cities in America. After visiting, I think I know why. Charleston’s streets are lined with beautiful architecture, which has French, Dutch and Spanish influences. A stroll around the city is a must when in town. It’s also surrounded by the ocean, with Folly Beach being the city’s most popular beach. A stay at the luxurious Harbourview Inn means you are close to Charleston’s historic district and the waterfront.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
Although it’s the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh has a lot more to offer visitors. The Museums of Art, History and Natural Sciences are popular attractions. Pullen Park was the first public park in North Carolina and has pedal boats, a carousel and an aquatic centre. Another well-known garden in the city is JC Raulston Arboretum, which displays plants from over 50 countries. Raleigh is a great family destination.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
A visit to Charlotte begins in the city’s Uptown area. Here visitors will find three great centres to check out. The Levine Museum of the New South focuses on the South’s post-Civil War history. Discovery Place is great for families, as it’s a hands-on science museum with an IMAX Theatre. Finally, auto sport fans will love the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Charlotte is also close to the Blue Ridge Mountains, so from indoor entertainment to outdoor adventure, Charlotte has you covered.
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
Columbia is South Carolina’s capital and a city full of adventure. Enjoy kayaking on the Congaree River, walk along the Riverfront Park or spend the day at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Meet Eddie, the 40-foot tall attraction waiting to greet you in the atrium across from the entrance to EdVenture. An escape to Columbia isn’t complete without visiting Congaree National Park, either. Stay close to all the attractions at The Inn at Claussen’s, which is located in Columbia’s historic Five Points district. The boutique inn’s best feature is its spacious two-story lofts.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
Hilton Head Island is a popular summer holiday destination in the Deep South. Thanks to its flat terrain, many visitors use bicycles to get around and explore the island. Or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy one of Hilton Head Island’s beaches. One of the most well-known accommodation options on the island would have to be Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort. Designed to resemble a 1940’s fishing lodge, the resort has three pools, a golf course and beach access.
So for your next Southern adventure, choose one of these five destinations in the Carolinas. It’s obvious you definitely won’t be bored, no matter which place you pick.