Planning a big vacation isn’t always possible. Luckily, there are a variety of local trips that can fill your day with adventure and fun. We asked our South State employees to tell us about their favorite day trips in the south. Here are some of the favorites:
- Antiquing in Walterboro, SC
East Washington Street in downtown Walterboro is lined with a variety of antique stores that are sure to keep you browsing all day. Be sure to save room for lunch at one of the local restaurants among the antique stores. See a full list of stores and restaurants in the area here.
- Hike and relax at Lake Lure, NC
Take a break from the heat and head to this popular mountain getaway. Enjoy prime hiking spots, outdoor adventures like kayaking, paddle boarding and tubing, or just relaxing on the shore. For information visit the town’s website.
- Visit Caesar’s Head State Park in Cleveland, SC
Caesar’s Head State Park offers uninterrupted views of mountains that stretch into North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Take the time to take in the views from the Overlook, read about the history of the area and participate in the Hawk Watch program. When you’re ready to stretch your legs, head to the popular Raven Cliff Falls hike. This two-mile hike takes you to the 420-foot falls and a suspension bridge that offers a unique view of the falls.
- Take in the history in Charleston, SC
Charleston has been garnering praise from the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure for years and lucky for us, it’s one of the communities we call home. Our employees suggest carriage rides, visiting the art galleries dotting the downtown area, enjoying some of the best restaurants in the south and taking in some of old world Charleston by walking around the Battery and Rainbow Row. For more information abut Charleston, visit their website.
- Segway tours through historic downtown Savannah, GA
You can tour Savannah’s historic downtown district in a variety of ways. Walking tours are offered, as are Segway tours, carriage rides and even riverboat cruises. After you get your history fix, head to lunch at one of the many famous restaurants, like the Olde Pink House, or head to River Street for sweets and fun.
- Visit the downtown waterfront in Wilmington, NC
If you’re looking for ocean breezes without going to the beach, try a day in bustling Wilmington, NC. Spend the day exploring the historic river district and taking in the beauty and excitement of the Riverwalk. Our employees suggest going aboard the Battleship North Carolina, a WWII vessel, and visiting the farmers market on the weekends.
- Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, GA
Take the family to see the tallest cascading waterfall in the southeast at Amicalola Falls State Park. The falls is 729 feet, and you have your choice of how you want to experience it. Choose from an accessible pathway or a challenging hike with staircases. The falls aren’t the only attraction. Choose from 12 miles of trails, picnic areas and a mountaintop lodge when it’s time to recharge.
- Tube the Saluda River in Columbia, SC
Take in the scenery and cool off with an adventure down the Saluda River. Grab some friends and leisurely float down river in giant tubes or opt for some added adventure with a guided kayaking tour. After your time on the water, visit The Vista where Columbia’s hottest restaurants are serving the best the city has to offer.
- Shop the outlets in Charlotte, NC
Take a day to treat yourself with a prime shopping excursion to Charlotte, NC. Spend hours exploring Charlotte Premium Outlets’ 100 stores or head downtown to Center City to browse boutiques and local restaurants. For information about what downtown Charlotte has too offer, check out their website.
- Explore downtown Greenville, SC
Downtown Greenville has transformed over the past 10 years to become a cultural epicenter that boasts festivals, parks, every store you could imagine and an exciting restaurant scene. Head to the ball park to watch the Greenville Drive or check out the schedule of events for updates on upcoming festivals and shows coming to town.
Not going on a big vacation doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a new adventure. Staying local is great for experiencing your local area in a whole new way.