Best time to visit South Carolina

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Best time of year to visit South Carolina

If you are looking for the best time to visit South Carolina, consider March through May, or September through October. Warm spring weather and longer days are just right for famous events like the Myrtle Beach Bike Week! But early fall’s mild temps and beautiful foliage are also very tempting. Come in October for the South Carolina State Fair, and add on some extras—the Palmetto State offers great hiking and fishing! “Shoulder season” (spring and fall) is also a pearl for budget tourists. If you choose to visit in summer, keep in mind that June through August are the peak of the heat and humidity, and you will be in the Deep South. To beat the heat, head to Charleston, Grand Strand, or Hilton Head to chill by the "big water" and enjoy those ocean breezes. The Carolina Country Music Festival, which takes place in June, is an event not to miss. Temperatures dramatically drop between December and February, and the coolest conditions can be found in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But if you don't mind wintery weather, you’ll find the best prices with the least crowds.

4 THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH CAROLINA (MAY 14 - MAY 23)

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

May 13–22, 2022 | September 26–October 2, 2022 • event

The first-rate African American motorcycle rally in the U.S.

Congaree Fireflies

Congaree Fireflies

mid-May–mid-June • nature

Magic is in the air when thousands of synchronous fireflies light up the dark forest

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

April–September • nature

Attracted by fruits and nectar, these birds are often spotted in the gardens

Lake Jocassee

Lake Jocassee

all year round • activity

One of the best nature spots in South Carolina with boat-in camping

13 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

South Carolina State Fair

South Carolina State Fair

out of rangeOctober 13–24, 2021 • event

Twelve days of diverse exhibits, exciting competitions, rides, and premiere entertainment

South Carolina Fall Foliage

South Carolina Fall Foliage

out of rangelate October–early November • nature

Discover top leaf-peeping spots of Upstate South Carolina

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangemid-November–early January • event

The largest displays of holiday spirit in the state

4th of July in Myrtle Beach

4th of July in Myrtle Beach

unconfirmedJuly 4 • event

Myrtle Beach area offers a variety of events to celebrate the Independence Day

James Island Holiday Festival of Lights

James Island Holiday Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 12–December 31, 2021 • event

A dazzling holiday destination near Charleston

Charleston Hot Air Balloon Festival & Polo Match

Charleston Hot Air Balloon Festival & Polo Match

out of rangeSeptember 4, 2021 • event

The combination of balloon rides and equestrian competitions

Carolina Country Music Fest

Carolina Country Music Fest

out of rangeJune 9–12, 2022 • event

A great combination of beach fun and country music

South Carolina Carnival

South Carolina Carnival

out of rangeJune 11–12, 2022 • event

Get covered in paint at this festival of color

Christmas Lights in Myrtle Beach

Christmas Lights in Myrtle Beach

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Add a sparkle to your Myrtle Beach holiday vacation

Christmas Events in Charleston

Christmas Events in Charleston

out of rangelate November–mid-December  • event

A magical season full of events and activities

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special

out of rangeNovember 1, 2021–January 5, 2022 • event

The most famous holiday show of the South with a mix of Christmas music and Yuletide comedy

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangeOctober  • event

The cobblestone streets of Charleston, dating back to the 1670s, are a perfect backdrop for frights and scares

Balloons Over Anderson

Balloons Over Anderson

unconfirmedmid-September 2022 • event

Bring the family and enjoy hot air balloons and food vendors throughout a weekend in September

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