Here in my hometown of Charlotte, NC, the weather is simply perfect for spring: mild days, comfy nights and there’s the option to carry a light jacket and umbrella in case you get caught in a passing rain shower.

For me, spring is a friendly reminder of what awaits, the getaways!

file0001609695055Good thing I don’t have to travel too far for my next escape. My neighbors in South Carolina are having equally fabulous weather, too. And there are no getaways like those found in the palmetto state. From the beaches to the food festivals, South Carolina’s got a lot, even for small budgets. What I have found is that many of us can get away, plan an excursion or two, stay in a nice resort on the beach and not have to spend the remainder of the year finally strapped.

What’s more: South Carolina has something for everyone, from the girlfriends who want a weekend at the spa to the young family who wants baby to take her first steps in the Atlantic Ocean. So what’s next? Pack your bags and check out my six reasons why you should make it to South Carolina this year.

1) Hilton Head — A biker’s paradise, Hilton Head Island (commonly known as Hilton Head) earned the League of American Bicyclists’ silver designation award for being a “Bicycle Friendly Community.” Hilton Head is only one of a few cities in the South to ever receive such an honor. Don’t worry about packing a bike, either. There are over 20,000 cycles available for rent. Would you rather tour the island by foot? Hilton Head’s miles of beach are simply an affordable paradise. Additionally, golf enthusiasts will enjoy their choice of over 24 championship courses.

2) Upper South Carolina State Fair — In September (when the weather is still a balmy “Indian Summer” in the Carolinas) those looking for the ultimate southern experience should head to the fair. Held in Greenville, one of South Carolina’s larger cities, the Upper South Carolina State Fair is a must for family fun. Enjoy all sorts of southern delights, from fried donuts to burgers with everything and more on them! Ride the recently-arrived attractions, or get face to face with The Elephant Encounter. If you’ve longed to see a live rodeo or demolition derby with “monster trucks,” check it all out at the fair.

3) Charleston — The Old South comes to life in Charleston. Overflowing with history and southern culture, Charleston is educational and entertaining at the same time. Spend hours exploring along the beaches and historic restaurants. Or head to Bull Island to take in picturesque beauty. Another popular Charleston destination, Folly Beach, is just minutes away from the town.

4) Yemassee Shrimp Festival — Taking place September 16-18, Yemassee welcomes visitors and locals coming together for everything shrimp! Celebrate with the Lighted Boat Parade, a mud run and end the day with the fireworks display.

5) Columbia – The capital and largest city of South Carolina, Columbia welcomes you to a stroll in one of several parks, a day at the Riverbanks Zoo or your choice of several music festivals. The art galleries and shopping easily rival those found in larger cities in the U.S., but what sets Columbia apart from them is its prime example of southern charm. Talk about the best of both worlds.

6) Myrtle Beach — All year long — yes, even in the winter, when the resort rates are low! Myrtle is a must for shoppers, country music lovers and everyone in between. Each May there are two major festivals for motorcycle enthusiasts, so join the thousands of bikers who trek down Highway 17 for either event. So many new hotels and restaurants have been built in the past five years… Myrtle is calling your name.

If you’ve been looking for a fulfilling vacation where everyone will have an enjoyable time, you’re not alone. But a getaway to one of the six destinations listed here shows that you don’t have to sacrifice taste (and a college savings) for a good time. Gas up or fly in; South Carolina is waiting.