Road To 50 Part 9: South Carolina

Small in size, but large in heart, South Carolina has captivating towns/beaches.

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They say waking up to the sunrise over the ocean is one of the best sights you will see. Okay, I will admit that this is not a saying, but it is a truth, as evidenced by myself during a stay in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. South Carolina is a small Southern state that’s often compared to its neighbor, North Carolina. However, each state is different in my opinion, and being the third Southern state in my column so far, I am starting to realize I like the vibes in these states. I have been to South Carolina a couple times, most notably being a trip to the famous Myrtle Beach, perched right on the Atlantic, and containing plenty of seaside activities. I also hear South Carolina is very cheap, but that’s for another spiel. For Part 9, here’s what I like about South Carolina:

Myrtle Beach

As mentioned before, I have visited Myrtle Beach. Granted it’s been about 8 years since I visited, I’m sure it’s expanded even more. South Carolina has a good amount of coastline along the Atlantic to relish water activities. And no, it may not have as much coastline as Florida or North Carolina, but it’s still great. Myrtle Beach was a touristy town from what I saw, and has plenty of adventures for anybody. There’s a Ferris wheel, tons of shopping/dining, a boardwalk, mini-golf, parasailing, and the beach.

My family and I took the Ferris Wheel during the evening and the views of the town lights/streets were simply stunning. In addition, we spent the nighttime adventuring the lively boardwalk and its shops and amenities. The town was just as vibrant during the night. During my trip, I stayed at a beachside hotel, so it was quite nice seeing ocean views when waking up.

Myrtle Beach is simply a wonderful town, with friendly locals, and a great setting to relax or do some adrenaline-pumping activities. Just make sure to complete those before the summer torrential downpours, as sometimes the Atlantic Ocean creates a system that makes it rain on your parade (it happened to me). Myrtle Beach is a perfect, tourist-friendly summer or winter getaway, full of endless resorts seen into the distance, plenty of souvenir and ice cream shops, and an unforgettable adventure waiting.

Aside from Myrtle Beach though, the state has some other wonderful beachside attractions, such as Hilton Head Island, among other islands dispersed along the coastline.

Southern Culture

I can remember my experience in South Carolina being very warm (not just weather wise). The locals are very friendly, and the towns are very charming. The towns of Greenville, Spartanburg, Charleston, and Columbia are not major city sizes, but these small, cultured towns provide Southern charm and hospitality.

For a state so small, South Carolina offers a lot of great cities, beach activities, and Southern cuisine. South Carolina doesn’t need to be like its neighbors to stand out, because it already does. Remember, it’s quality over quantity. Now that’s a saying.

Rishi Patel


Rishi Patel's passion for writing is almost as great as his passion for traveling. Traveling remains the utmost favorite hobby and pastime for Rishi, which has led him to visit 47 of the 50 U.S. States and he cannot contain his excitement as he tries to reach the milestone of visiting all 50.

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