The warm September temperatures in South Carolina offer the perfect setting for sunbathing on Myrtle Beach, as well as hiking the trails of Hitchcock Woods in Aiken. If you love vibrant festivals, experience the SpartOberfest in Spartanburg or the Upper South Carolina State Fair in Greenville. Stay at one of many incredible South Carolina vacation rentals during your Labor Day weekend trip. Take a look at the top cities and towns in South Carolina perfect for a Labor Day getaway.

1. Myrtle Beach

Pier in the ocean at sunrise.

As one of the largest tourist cities in the state, Myrtle Beach naturally features waterfront attractions, but this city also comes alive over Labor Day weekend with the Brews, Blues, and BBQ festival as well as the Beach, Boogie, and Barbecue festival. Savor some sweet or spicy meats from the street vendors, then head over to the annual Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine Festival at Pavilion Park Central. After joining the locals at the city’s festivals, stop in at the Dixie Stampede dinner theater for some toe-tapping music. Spend your weekend sunning on the beach before attending an entertaining performance at the Carolina Opry.

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2. Aiken

Large trees over a long road.
Source: Facebook/Visit Aiken SC

Immerse yourself in the history of this South Carolina city when strolling the downtown area with rolling hills in plain sight. Treat the history buffs to one of the Civil War re-enactments hosted by the city over Labor Day weekend, or take a hike through the Hitchcock Woods. If your crew loves equestrian activities, take a tour of the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, then spend an afternoon taking in the wildlife at the Carolina Bay Nature Preserve.

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3. Charleston

Grass and a wood fence on a sandy beach.

This coastal city is known for its charm, and with warm September temperatures over Labor Day weekend, you and your family can take your adventures outdoors with trips to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and the Civil War battle sites. Get in a game of golf at the Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Course, or make a splash in the water with paddleboard and kayak rentals from Charleston Kayak Rentals. The city also hosts the Lowcountry Jazz Festival over the holiday weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

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4. Greenville

Greenville offers plenty of green space for the athletic families with access to Falls Park on the Reedy River for hiking. Explore this quaint city, featuring trails that lead you to the 62-foot waterfall and the stunning rock formations ideal for a family picture. Over Labor Day weekend, the weather is perfect for a visit to the Greenville Zoo or a ride on the Downtown Trolley that stops in at the Children’s Museum. Baseball season is thriving over Labor Day, so reserve your tickets for a minor league game at Fluor Field. Greenville is also home to the Upper South Carolina State Fair over Labor Day.

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5. Columbia

Statue outside of a capital building.
Source: Flickr/Ron Cogswell

Columbia is a thriving city for historical attractions but also fun in the sun over Labor Day weekend with a vacation rental that puts you in close proximity to the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. Hike the park trails, or opt for a challenging trek through the Saluda River trails. When you want to take a dip in the water, rent tubes or kayaks from Adventure Carolina to celebrate the holiday and the warm climate in September. If you need even more activity to keep you entertained, take part in the annual Uplift Rocky River Labor Day 5K sponsored by the city.

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6. Hilton Head

Waves crashing on a sandy beach.

Put yourselves in close proximity to the attractions in Hilton Head and Savannah, Georgia, when making this popular South Carolina city your vacation destination for the holiday weekend. Get active with a game of tennis at the renowned Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, or swing your clubs at the Harbour Town Golf Links. Enjoy some Southern cuisine and waterfront dining at Boathouse 11 after an adventurous horseback ride with Daufuskie Island Stables.

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7. Spartanburg

Ariel view of a city at sunrise.
Source: Facebook/Visit Spartanburg, SC

Enjoy mingling with the locals in Spartanburg when attending the SpartOberfest during your Labor Day weekend getaway. This annual festival features live entertainment, German food, and a Christmas Market for the shoppers. Kick back with some brews at RJ Rockers Brewing Company in the evenings after spending your days hiking the trails at the Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve. Let the kids pet the horses and goats at the Hollywild Animal Park, and head to the WestGate Mall to get in some retail therapy.

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8. Bluffton

Fishing boat on a rocky shore at sunset.
Source: Facebook/Visit Bluffton

A vacation rental in Bluffton gives you and your family a chance to tour historic churches and architecture, but you can also immerse yourselves in the artistic culture of this South Carolina city. Shop the local art galleries, or stop in at the Bluffton’s Farmer’s Market for some fresh fruits and veggies to take back to your luxurious rental. May River Excursions offers boat tours so you can see dolphins jumping in and out of the water. Labor Day weekend offers the perfect setting for some rest and relaxation while fishing with Marsh Grass Adventures.

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9. Mount Pleasant

Navy plane on a deck over the water.
Source: Flickr/Mike Kalasnik

Located right outside of Charleston, Mount Pleasant is a historic city that offers plenty of relaxing attractions for your Labor Day weekend getaway. Reel in dinner with a fishing excursion at Shem Creek Park, or tour the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and the Boone Hall Plantation to learn more about the historic South. Nature Adventures offers wildlife tours on the water to delight the kids, or you can choose to make your trip educational with a stop in at the USS Yorktown, a World War II carrier.

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10. Georgetown

Historic house on a lush lawn.
Source: Flickr/mogollon_1

Georgetown is considered a hub for the state’s historical attractions and is home to the Rice Museum and the “big town clock” in the city’s center. Tour the South Carolina Maritime Museum on a Saturday afternoon, and celebrate the holiday weekend with a fishing excursion hosted by Georgetown Charters. Shoppers flock to the area to pick up goods at the specialty shops in the downtown area, and you can’t miss out on the low country cuisine at Herb’s BBQ and Seafood.

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