North to South (Carolina)

Labor day weekend

On Labor Day weekend there is this unwritten rule that you have to get away. In our case, this meant going to the charming city Charleston, South Carolina. With just one evening of planning, we had booked an Airbnb, rented cars and were ready to start our adventure. We certainly had a good time, but we also noticed that the two Carolinas were quite different after all. This is my personal breakdown of the two:

Generally, North Carolina is geographically larger and has the bigger population. South Carolina is smaller, both in population and size, but is a bit more affordable than North Carolina.

Landscape. Both Carolinas have nice long beach strips, with the ones in South Carolina being slightly more commercialised with high rise hotels, boardwalks, ferris wheels, waterparks and minigolf. Popular beaches in South Carolina are the “folly beach” and „myrtle beach”, North Carolina has” Wrightsville beach”, “Carolina beach” but most importantly, the Outer Banks, which is a series of barrier islands that are off the coast of North Carolina. In contrast to the South Carolina beaches, they have been kept more natural. That does not mean that it is not fun there though. You can always bring your own entertainment like spike ball or the like. We played that game on our trip and got quite competitive about it.

Next to the beaches, both states also offer a mountain range, being the smoky mountains in North Carolina, just at the border to Tennessee and the blue ridge mountains in South Carolina, which have very nice hiking trails, water falls and wildlife.