South Carolina January 06, 2017
The 12 Towns You Need To Visit In South Carolina In 2017
We feature all kinds of cool South Carolina attractions here, but one of our favorite topics to write about is the incredible, unique towns in the Palmetto State. We featured quite a few in 2016, and we’ve compiled all of them into one big list so you can make plans to visit all of ’em in 2017.
Click on the name of each town to see our full article, which gives you all the juicy details.
Pickens, Pickens County
This unique little town has just about 3,000 residents. It may be small, but it's got plenty to see and do. Hike the Doodle Trail, ride your bike through the town's bike park, visit the historic buildings and enjoy the great music that you'll find all over town.
Lone Star, Calhoun County
The ghost town of Lone Star has a seriously creepy vibe. It was once a vibrant railroad town, but now it's abandoned. Grab your camera and spend the day here!
Aiken, Aiken County
We wrote that Aiken is one of South Carolina's most "perfectly Southern" towns, and we meant it. This charming little hamlet has a rich Civil War history, and even stages a huge reenactment every year. And, if you love thoroughbred horses, Aiken is your town. It has a museum, many training stables, and even a fox hunting season!
Charleston, Charleston County
Charleston might be South Carolina's second-largest city, but it's also the oldest town in the Palmetto State. This place is just filled with history - check out some of the old homes and historic buildings here.
Newberry, Newberry County
The town of Newberry has a real community vibe. Its Main Square always has something going on - from festivals to farmers markets. During your visit, check out a performance at the opera house and visit the Wells Japanese garden.
Elloree, Orangeburg County
The town of Elloree is so tiny that it has just one stoplight, but it's a charming little place that's definitely worth a visit this year. Visit the unique Teapot Museum, stroll through Main Street's shops and stop for a tasty meal at one of the local restaurants.
Graniteville, Aiken County
Graniteville is a cute little town with a tragic history. The train that runs along the outskirts killed a young mother back in 1904. 100 years later, a train derailment spilled toxic liquid chlorine, causing the deaths of nine people and injuring 550.
Yemassee, Beaufort/Hampton Counties
Yemassee is a tiny, rural town with some really cool attractions. The Old Sheldon Church ruins are a popular spot for photography and exploration, and the Yemassee station offers a slice of history. And of course, no visit to this little hamlet is complete without a trip to the Lucky Duck Distillery!
Folly Beach, Charleston County
We wrote about Folly Beach as a great place for a summer day trip, but really it's fabulous year-round. This laid-back little town is perfect for a day of loafing about, regardless of the season.
Allendale, Allendale County
Allendale's had its share of tragedy, but the folks here persevere with grit and determination. Visit this little town's shops and restaurants, and help it get back on its feet.
Rock Hill, York County
The charming town of Rock Hill gets even more adorable at Christmastime. Make sure to plan your visit next December and enjoy the four-day Christmas Festival.
McClellanville, Charleston County
The little fishing village of McClellanville has just 550 or so people, but it's just full of charm. Visit for the Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and take in the historic district.
Did we include your favorite South Carolina town on this list?