American Airlines and American Eagle (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com), Continental Airlines (tel. 800/523-3273; www.continental.com), Delta and Delta Connection (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com), United Airlines and United Express (tel. 800/241-6522; www.united.com), and US Airways (tel. 800/428-4322; www.usairways.com) are the major airlines serving South Carolina. Myrtle Beach has scheduled air service via Continental, Delta, and US Airways. You can fly into Charleston on Continental, Delta, United and United Express, and US Airways. Columbia is served by American and American Eagle, Delta and Delta Connection, and US Airways. Greenville/Spartanburg is served by Continental, Delta, and US Airways. If you're traveling to Hilton Head, you have the option of flying US Airways directly to the island or flying into the Savannah (Georgia) International Airport via Continental or Delta and then driving to Hilton Head, which is 1 hour away.
Delta and US Airways both have flights within South Carolina, although connections are sometimes awkward.
I-95 enters South Carolina from the north near Dillon and runs straight through the state to Hardeeville on the Georgia border. The major east-west artery is I-26, running from Charleston northwest through Columbia and on up to Hendersonville, North Carolina. U.S. 17 runs along the coast, and I-85 crosses the northwestern region.
South Carolina has a network of exceptionally good roads. Even when you leave the major highways for the state-maintained roadways, driving is easy on well-maintained roads. AAA services are available through the Carolina Motor Club in Charleston (tel. 843/744-1043) and Greenville (tel. 864/421-9510).
In South Carolina, vehicles must use headlights when windshield wipers are in use as a result of inclement weather. Remember that drivers and front-seat passengers must wear seat belts.
South Carolina furnishes excellent travel information to motorists and has well-equipped, efficiently staffed visitor centers at the state border on most major highways. If you have a cellphone and need help, dial tel. *HP (47) for Highway Patrol Assistance.
South Carolina is on the Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL [872-7245]; www.amtrak.com) New York-Miami and New York-Tampa runs. Its tour packages include hotel, breakfast, and historic-site tours in Charleston at bargain rates. Be sure to ask about the money-saving "All Aboard America" regional fares or any other current fare specials. Amtrak also offers attractively priced rail/drive packages in the Carolinas and Georgia.
Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222; www.greyhound.com) has good direct service to major cities in South Carolina from out of state, with connections to almost any destination.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.