Looking for more than just a comfortable place to lay your head on your South Carolina vacation? If it's stunning scenery you seek, you'll find lots of unique options, from the mountains to the sea.
Here are just a few places offering spectacular views:
Cabin 5 Table Rock State Park, Pickens
Why we like it: Take in the view of one of South Carolina’s most photographed natural features—the granite dome at Table Rock—from this cabin, featuring two bedrooms, a sitting area, fireplace and kitchen. But your favorite part of Cabin 5 might be the outdoor living area, where you can spend peaceful evenings by the fire pit or rock your cares away in the rocking chairs on the screened porch, enjoying the scenic Table Rock backdrop.
Not to miss: Reserve your spot on a ranger-led sunrise hike to the top of Table Rock, held in the spring and fall.
Room 404 Anchorage 1770 Inn, Beaufort
Why we like it: The waterfront views are spectacular from this fourth-floor retreat and adjacent outdoor area overlooking the Beaufort River on the Intracoastal Waterway. This room features heart-pine floors, a four-poster king bed with down bedding, rainfall shower and sitting area. The outdoor space is an ideal spot to watch the sun set over Lowcountry waters.
Not to miss: Beaufort’s downtown is a National Historic Landmark. Explore it on your own or on a guided tour.
Hayloft Cottage The Red Horse Inn, Landrum
Why we like it: The secluded Hayloft Cottage is comfortable and tasteful, with a queen-size four-poster bed, kitchen and upstairs loft. Take in vistas of rolling green pastures and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the deck, with a private hot tub perfect for stargazing.
Not to miss: Dine on creative Mexican fare at Willy Tacos, just down the road in Spartanburg, then stop at the FR8Yard biergarten for live music.
Oceanfront Suite The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island
Why we like it: This Oceanfront Suite oozes luxury, from the spacious and well-appointed living room, bedroom and bath, to the private balcony with sweeping views of the Atlantic. You don’t even need to step onto the balcony to see the ocean—just wake up in your king-size bed and look out the windows.
Why we like it: Take a leisurely paddle along the Edisto River, through towering pines, massive oaks and cypress/tupelo forests, ending the day with a unique stay at one of the treehouses at the river’s edge. These rustic accommodations—14 feet off the ground—offer small kitchens, sleeping areas and, best of all, outdoor decks where you can relax after a day on one of the longest free-flowing blackwater rivers in North America.
Not to miss: Once off the river, head to Summerville’s Five Loaves Cafe for locally sourced salads, sandwiches and juices.
Fairway Suite The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island
Why we like it: A stay in this suite at Sea Pines Resort takes luxury and views to new heights. Enjoy two master bedrooms outfitted with custom mattresses and Frette linens, rainfall showerheads and soaking tubs, as well as a living area and kitchenette. A private covered terrace offers cool views of Harbour Town Golf Links’ 9th fairway, framed by mossy oaks.