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You’ll never run out of things to do in the Carolinas because there’s something for everyone. Charleston is famous for its historic district. Hilton Head is a beach destination with sand that stretches for miles, and Columbia even has a beer festival. Thankfully, the Carolinas are home to hundreds of charming hotels that don’t come with a hefty price tag. Here are some cities in the Carolinas that you can visit all year round.
Charleston, South Carolina
There are many activities and places of interest in Charleston, and there’s always a hotels in Charleston conveniently located nearby. In the Charleston Historic District, you’ll find the country’s oldest museum, the Charleston Museum. For the best rates, consider traveling to Charleston in the winter. Even though it’s too cold to swim at the beach, the temperatures are ideal for shopping and sightseeing. Plus, you’ll save a lot of money by being able to book a cheap hotel. The DASH trolley will transport you all over town for free, including popular sites like King Street and Waterfront Park.
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia is a great destination for outdoor adventure and urban exploration. Check out the Sesquicentennial State Park for hiking, boating, and biking. Admission to the South Carolina State Museum is affordably priced at only $10 per person. There are many preserved buildings in the Columbia Downtown Historic District. Even the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel is a heritage building itself with many preserved features inside. There are fun events throughout the year, like the World Beer Festival in January and the South Carolina State Fair in October.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Famous for its beaches, you might want to splurge on a waterfront hotel in Hilton Head. If you travel during the spring and fall, the prices will be much cheaper. Go for a ride on some of the 25 different bike paths that follow the beach. It’s also a great place to try surfing or wakeboarding. The charm of Hilton Head extends to a neighboring place, Daufuskie Island. Take a day trip to the island to visit a community that descended from freed slaves, known as Gullah.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is an ideal place for nature lovers. Take a rafting tour on the Catawba River. After all, Charlotte is home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Take a stroll at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, or the stunning Anne Springs Close Greenway. In the winter, you can go skiing or snowboarding at Sugar Mountain. Plus, hotels in the Charlotte area are always accommodating.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh is a great city for sports fans. It’s home to the NHL team, the Carolina Hurricanes. It also comes as no surprise that the locals also love the March Madness college basketball tournament. Drop into a pub and cheer for the local team. Raleigh also has spectacular shopping, delectable restaurants, and an upbeat nightlife. There are plenty of affordable hotels, even close to the downtown core. You’ll have no problem finding a cheap hotel near popular tourist attractions, like the North Carolina Museum of History or the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.