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Old 05-02-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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There is a thread about this in the General USA forum; however, the information posted is a lot more related to "living" than visiting. So I'm hoping to try this on here for the travel savvy.

North Carolina, or South Carolina?

Who has spent time in both states as a visitor, and which did you prefer? And WHAT do you like about your preference, or recommend? Anything you did NOT like or would warn about?

I've been edging towards South Carolina. But maybe I'm missing something?

Anyway, thank you for your input.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for more of a true southern feel in your destination, with an emphasis on coastal destinations, look at SC. Charleston is an awesome, historic city that's great.

If you'd prefer a wider array of destinations, look at NC. You'll find bigger cities, bigger mountains, and (IMO) better beaches, but the beaches especially are less developed for tourists than in SC.

I'm a NC native, so I'm obviously biased, however I truly believe NC has some of the best diversity in scenery and climate in the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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I would have to say South Carolina , the Greenville area .

Why ? Its so cheap to live here ! Insurance is half of what it was on the West Coast. Housing much, much cheaper . The drivers here are AMAZINGLY polite ! Everyone on the roads are pleasant and let you get out of parking lots

The gas is more expensive in North Carolina but having only driven through there and never lived I can't really say what its like. Some cities I have driven through seemed boring but then I only drove the highways....

But there are things I love about NC too ! Ashville , Maggie Valley and the Outer Banks
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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I would have to say South Carolina , the Greenville area .

Why ? Its so cheap to live here ! Insurance is half of what it was on the West Coast. Housing much, much cheaper . The drivers here are AMAZINGLY polite ! Everyone on the roads are pleasant and let you get out of parking lots

The gas is more expensive in North Carolina but having only driven through there and never lived I can't really say what its like. Some cities I have driven through seemed boring but then I only drove the highways....

But there are things I love about NC too ! Ashville , Maggie Valley and the Outer Banks
I'm pretty sure this is what the OP was hoping not to get as a response as he wanted to hear how it is to VISIT either state, not LIVE here.

It all depends on what you want on your vacation, most people visit the Carolinas to go to the beach. The only one IMO to avoid is Myrtle Beach - total tourist trap, way over-commercialized. The one thing SC has along it's coast that NC doesn't is Charleston, a great historic city to visit. Other than that, the main difference is the ocean water is a bit warmer at the SC beaches than the Outer Banks.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Admittedly, I am interested in exploring some of the coastline. What beaches are YOU all partial to?

I do have another question, though. Does anyone know of a transit connection along the coast (through both states)? I don't drive, so I'd need to find an alternative. This particular question may be more appropriate for the Carolina Forums.

Thank you all for your help so far!
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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As a non-driver, you will most likely not find getting around the coastal areas of either state very easy. The only area that seems "do-able" is Myrtle Beach, but as another poster already said, that's the spot to avoid.

I'm personally most partial to the Outer Banks, particularly the town of Duck, NC. I'm also a big fan of Cape Lookout National Seashore...you could stay in Morehead City or Beaufort and take the "ferry" over to the islands for exploring...or rent a kayak.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:24 AM
 
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North Carolinas Western regions are very nice and scenic,Smokey Mountains Etc.Take it from Franklin NC
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