COLUMBIA, S.C. — The best places to visit in South Carolina are the places that have the best price-to-value ratio, according to a report released Thursday.
The annual report from tourism firm Destination South Carolina is designed to help guide tourists looking to save money at popular South Carolina attractions.
The report found that most of the top 10 states have “some of the highest value and most diverse tourism experiences,” with tourist hotspots such as Columbia, South Carolina, Charleston, and Charleston, South Carolinians, Charleston and the surrounding area, among others, being among the best places in the South to visit.
“If you want to experience the state, then you should look no further than Columbia, which is a great choice for many of us,” said Destination South Carolinian, Melissa C. Grosen, who wrote the report with TravelSouth.com CEO Brian M. Bixby.
“Columbia offers many of the best shopping, dining, shopping in South Carolinia, entertainment, sports, and a variety of dining options.”
The company has found that the highest price-per-visit for a state in the nation is $2,971 for a two-night stay at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Columbia.
South Carolina is ranked the number one state for vacation rentals, and the highest in terms of vacation prices per capita, according the report.
At the same time, the state is ranked among the top states for the number of vacation rentals per capita at $2.35 million.
Columbia also ranked among among the states with the highest number of holiday rentals per person, with more than 1,400 in the state.
In total, the tourism industry is worth $18.3 billion annually.
Destination South South Carolinas report ranked South Carolina as the second-most popular state in America to visit, behind New York.
A survey of 1,500 adults conducted by the tourism company last year found that South Carolina had the second highest percentage of people who had visited the state at least once in their life, followed by California at 42.4 percent.
South Carolina has the third-highest percentage of vacation renters in the country at 15.6 percent.