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.

2 THINGS TO DO IN SOUTH CAROLINA (OCTOBER 15 - OCTOBER 24)

South Carolina State Fair

South Carolina State Fair

October 13–24, 2021 • event

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

Lake Jocassee

Lake Jocassee

all year round • activity

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

12 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Myrtle Beach Bike Week

out of rangeMay 7–16, 2021 • event

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

South Carolina Fall Foliage

South Carolina Fall Foliage

out of rangelate October–early November • nature

Discover top leaf-peeping spots of Upstate South Carolina

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

Congaree Fireflies

Congaree Fireflies

out of rangemid-May–mid-June • nature

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

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangemid-November–December • event

The largest displays of holiday spirit in the state

James Island Holiday Festival of Lights

James Island Holiday Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 13–December 31, 2020 • 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 10–13, 2021 • event

A great combination of beach fun and country music

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

out of rangeApril–September • nature

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

Christmas Lights in Myrtle Beach

Christmas Lights in Myrtle Beach

out of rangelate November–late December • event

Add a sparkle to your Myrtle Beach holiday vacation

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special

out of rangeNovember 2, 2020–January 6, 2021 • event

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

Christmas Events in Charleston

Christmas Events in Charleston

out of rangelate November–late December  • event

A magical season full of events and activities

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