With so many places to enjoy and things to do in South Carolina, the year ahead is poised to be the best ever. If you’re like us, then you appreciate a little planning in advance when it comes to day-trip excursions. So we’ve put together a list of the best day trips in South Carolina that, with a short 3.5-hour ride from one border to another, anyone should be able to pull off in a single day with an early start and some planning ahead.

It’s going to be a busy – and fun – year. How many of these do you see your family embarking upon in the coming months? What other day trips are on your bucket list for the year? We’d love to know your answers to both questions, so join the discussion!

If you find you can’t get enough of all the amazingness North Carolina has to offer, you might want to check out our North Carolina travel guide!

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Are there any lighthouses in South Carolina?

Yes, there are. As a matter of fact, you can make an entire lighthouse road trip itinerary following along the coast to go and experience them. Each of them offers its own unique history and positioning along the South Carolina coast. For example, the Charleston Light on Sullivan's Island was regarded as the Western Hemisphere’s second most powerful lighthouse when it went into operation for the first time in 1962. Further down the coast on Hilton Head Island you can visit the Harbour Town Light House which has an observation tower where you can take in the spectacular views over the water.

Can you suggest one of the best day trips in the Charleston area for kids?

Absolutely but I warn you, the big kids (i.e. adults) will love it too! Located about 40 minutes north of Charleston via Interstate 26 in Moncks Corner, the Cypress Gardens Butterfly House is a magical place. It is huge, encompassing approximately 2,500 square feet, and where these beautiful winged creatures fly all around you. The setting is also unique in that it sits amidst a 170-acre preserve offering an array of outdoor recreational activities for the entire family.

I’m looking for a place for a romantic weekend in South Carolina.

How about in a treehouse! Definitely not your run-of-the-mill lodging experience, the Bella Luna Treehouse is a fantastic place for a romantic weekend. Located in the town of Mountain Rest in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a stay here is upscale yet rustic lodging at its finest. But keep in mind that once you arrive a weekend may not be enough! It might be the kind of place that calls you to stay for a week or longer.

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