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A holiday in The Carolinas offers you the chance to experience Deep South charm and sophistication in both North and South Carolina in the USA.

While the quaint coastal towns and cities take centre stage, you can also explore plenty of incredible natural landscapes during your holidays to The Carolinas. Relax on the sprawling sandy beaches of the picturesque Outer Banks barrier islands, or head to the craggy peaks of the aptly-named Great Smoky Mountains. You can find both stunning spots in North Carolina. 

No matter where you are along the coastline of the two states, you’re bound to find plenty of beautiful and unspoiled beaches, which are perfect for some rest and relaxation.

Historic holidays in the Carolinas

During your holiday in South Carolina, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as you amble the quaint cobblestone streets and pass the pastel-coloured Antebellum houses of the harbour city of Charleston, the oldest city in the state. A renowned movie filming spot, you’ll soon discover why this charming city is a regular in the limelight.

Charleston isn’t the only city you should visit in the crown jewel of the Deep South, either. Head to the postcard-perfect historic city of Beaufort to learn of the area’s rich Antebellum past and explore the glamorous Federal-style mansions in the downtown district. Elsewhere, tour the ancient plantations that date back as far as the 1700s. These include the Hampton Plantation State Historic Site and the Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site.

On North Carolina holidays, discover the unique communities and blend of soulful cultures where Old and New South meet. Sports fans should make a beeline for Wilmington to learn why North Carolina is renowned as the ‘basketball country’. Speak to our experts today and we’ll plan your ideal itinerary. 

 

Destination Highlights

  • Discover the open sea beaches, state parks and shipwreck diving sites of the Outer Banks barrier islands
  • Explore the pretty cobblestone streets, pastel houses and charming harbour of the port city of Charleston
  • Learn of the rich Antebellum history and amble the historic downtown district of Beaufort
  • Watch the sun melt into the horizon of the cloud skimming peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains

Great sample itineraries


Our experts have planned a range of sample itineraries to help you plan your ideal, bespoke holiday in The Carolinas.

Grand Ole Opry

Deep South Usa Road Trip

  • 14 Days
  • Guide Price £3,199 PP
Hit the road on a Rhythms of the South self drive tour and explore Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida...
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Honeymoons
Nags Head

Road Trip East Coast Usa

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £2,799 PP
Whether you’re looking for breathtaking natural wonders, vibrant cities, historical landmarks or quaint fishing villages, America’s East Coast has it...
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Self drive holidays
Driving in the Deep South

Deep South Explorer

  • 18 Days
  • Guide Price £3,899 PP
Take a drive through the Deep South and discover the inviting mix of Southern hospitality, fascinating history and culinary experiences...
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USA road trips
Creole Queen

Deep South Escorted Tour

  • 9 Days
Get a taste of true southern charm as you set out on a Deep South Discovery tour. Venture through the...
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Escorted tours holidays

Explore The Carolinas

Time Zone

GMT - 5 hours

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

British passport holders require an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to visit Memphis. You can obtain an ESTA from www.cbp.gov/esta

Language

English

Health Info

No vaccinations are required for travel to the Carolinas. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It’s important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

Explore the beautiful Carolinas from the charming historic sites in cities like Charleston and Asheville and scenic roads like the Blue Ridge Parkway to beautiful coastal region stretching from Hilton Head and lively Myrtle beach to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where wild horse run free on the beaches and lighthouse stand watch over the shores. There is so much to see and experience here.

Sky Wheel

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is known worldwide as a great golf destination but there is so much more to this family friendly resort. Visit Broadway at the Beach with its wide array of shopping, dining and entertainment or enjoy the tranquillity of the Conway Riverwalk.

Wright Brother Monument

Wright Brothers Monument

Commemorating Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first powered flight, the monument stands 60 feet tall on top of one of the four hills that bordered the brothers’ camp and among the same dunes where the self-taught engineers launched the world’s first airplane flight. Take a walk to the visitor centre close by to reveal the full story behind the 12 second flight on 17 December 1903 and see a reproduction of the 1903 flyer.

Boone Hall

Visit historic homes

Middleton Place - Explore the oldest plantation gardens in the USA at Middleton Place. Venture through the bewitching grounds, a mix of romantic woodland and classically formal French gardens, bounded by fields full of rare breed farm animals and real flood rice paddies. Magnolia Plantation - Owned by the Drayton family since 1676, the 500-acre Magnolia Plantation isn't just enjoyable for history buffs but for those who love a theme park too. Complete with a tram tour of the estate's flora and fauna, romantic boat tours, swamp gardens, a zoo and nature centre, there's definitely something for everyone. Biltmore - Discover America’s largest private home in Asheville, North Carolina. Take a tour of the 250 room Biltmore House, explore the stunning 8000 acre century-old gardens and stop by the winery for a tour and tasting.

Jessica, Destination Manager

“Fans of fall foliage must visit the Blue Ridge Mountains. There you can enjoy one of the many trails and be in awe at the colours around you.”

 

Jessica
Destination Manager
Charlotte, Destination Specialist

“Make sure you get a chance to try some of the BBQ joints in the area. The ribs will melt in your mouth.”

Charlotte
Destination Specialist

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your holiday in The Carolinas. Discover one of the top Southern dishes.

 

Grits

Grits are known as the staple dish in Southern cuisine. They are created with either hominy or stone-ground corn then boiled and mixed with butter and milk to offer a rich taste. Traditionally grits are served as a breakfast dish. However today they’re often served up as a side along with a scrumptious shrimp entrée.

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