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The Carolinas

The Carolinas tailor-made holidays

Introduction

The Carolinas are an area of immense natural beauty, with a coastline boasting delightful beach resorts and an interior of rural farming lands and charming towns and cities filled with history and culture. Ranging from the Atlantic coast to the Appalachian Mountains, these two eastern states offer endless holiday opportunities.

North Carolina's National Parks

If you're talking National Parks, North Carolina has its southern sister beat. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park bordering North Carolina and Tennessee is a haven of lush forests and hiking routes, including sections of the famous Appalachian Trail. The 500,000 acre Pisgah National Forest encompasses mile-high peaks and gushing waterfalls, while the The Blue Ridge Parkway covers 252 miles along the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Appalachian Highlands. 

View of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

South Carolina's Coast

South Carolina is closer to the equator, meaning warmer temperatures year-round and a thriving beach culture. Myrtle Beach is a haven for water sports, golf courses and fun, thanks to its bustling beachfront boardwalk. Edisto Island, one of South Carolina's Sea Islands in Charleston County, is breathtakingly beautiful, particularly the wild treescapes on the wetlands at Botany Bay Preserve. And, the pristine white-sand shores of Hilton Head Island are perfect for dolphin watching.

Waves at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Mrytle Beach, South Carolina

Charming Cities

Charleston, SC is perhaps the best-known city in the Carolinas. Its historic downtown, pastel antebellum houses, and authentic French Quarter are highlights, while its southern cuisine is some of the best in America. Charlotte, NC, home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, has a bustling Uptown district, original Victorian architecture, and a complex Civil War past, showcased in the Levine Museum of the New South. Of course there are many other cities to explore across both states, including Columbia, Raleigh and Durham.

City of Charleston in South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

 

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Top itineraries in The Carolinas

Charleston, South Carolina, USA historic downtown cityscape

Luxury Charleston & Coast

12-day tailor-made itinerary from £2,790 pp incl. flights

This tailor-made itinerary will see you discover the Southern gem of the Carolinas, Charleston, where antebellum mansions, historic plantations and neoclassical architecture truly take you back to a time gone by.

Historic Waterfront District, Savannah

Best of the Carolinas & Georgia

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,740 pp incl. flights

They say The Carolinas is a land of contrasts and it's true – atmospheric mountainscapes vie with pristine beaches for your attention in a region of incredible natural beauty. This seldom-travelled part of the USA provides nature, relaxation, adventure and history in abundance.

Palmetto Bluff

Luxury Deep South and Florida

12-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,790 pp incl. flights

Showcase everything historic cities to island retreats on this coastal road trip, complete with luxury stays and private touring. Enjoy Southern lunches, spot nesting turtles and tour Miami's Art-Deco delights. It's the perfect introduction to South Carolina, Georgia and Florid

Top places to stay in The Carolinas

Montage Palmetto Bluff

Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

Traditional hotel

This luxury resort is set in 20,000 acres of lush forests and wetlands and offers superb accommodation decorated in timeless Southern style. The award-winning resort encompasses an extensive nature reserve, walking trails, a vibrant village, marina, fantastic restaurants, a top-rated spa and a Jack

Omni Charlotte, North Carolina

Omni Charlotte, North Carolina

Contemporary hotel

A recipient of Trip Advisors 2014 Certificate of Excellence, Omni Charlotte Hotel offers luxury, comfort and genuine North Carolina hospitality.

Inn on Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Ashville

Grand & elegant hotel

George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau, completed in the late 19th century, has, along with its gardens and grounds, been beautifully preserved and is just as impressive today as it was back then. You’ll stay in its grounds in the similarly luxurious Inn.

Sanderling Resort, Outer Banks

Sanderling Resort, Outer Banks

Contemporary resort

Offering oceanfront luxury, this resort is the best option for a stay on the Outer Banks, located on a thin strip of sand that stretches some 100 miles down from the North Carolina mainland.

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Where to go in The Carolinas

South Carolina

South Carolina is blessed with historic districts in former mill villages, small southern towns, especially Charleston, more than 200 miles of beaches and coastal highlights, and more than 380 golf courses to enjoy.

North Carolina

North Carolina was the site of the first English outpost in America in 1585 and become one of the country's 13 original colonies.

The Carolinas articles

  • Charleston, South Carolina, USA historic downtown cityscape

    Discover South Carolina: Charming Charleston

    There is something special, something alluring about Charleston, South Carolina. Perhaps it’s the 18th-century grandeur, the garden-lined charm of its antebellum houses or its spectacular surrounds of white-sand beaches and pristine barrier islands. It really is three destinations in one.

  • Charleston, South Carolina, USA at the historic homes on The Battery

    British Airways announces new route to Charleston

    British Airways has announced direct, non-stop flights between South Carolina and London, commencing spring 2019.

  • South Carolina: Cooking from the Old South and New

    Over the years, South Carolina has won numerous awards for its stunning beaches, culturally rich cities, fabulous golf courses and fine hospitality - readers of Condé Nast Traveler just voted Charleston the 'No. 1 city in the United States' for the third consecutive year.     

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