7 Days 7 Ways to Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week on Hilton Head Island

Today is the beginning of National Travel and Tourism Week, and there's no better spot to celebrate our ability to travel and our appreciation for experiencing new places than Hilton Head Island. There's something for everyone here, and we want to share it all with you. So, in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, here are seven ways to experience seven days right here in the Lowcountry. 

1. Celebrate Travel by Traveling 

 Naturally, the first step to celebrating National Travel and Tourism week is to start planning to travel! With so many incredible destinations to visit, it can be hard to decide where to start. But, to help make that decision, may we suggest America's Favorite Island®? White-sand beaches, world-class golf, renowned restaurants, and shopping — Hilton Head Island has it all! Not only is it perfect for a romantic getaway, but it's known to be one of the best family vacation destinations in the country.  

2. Accommodations 

Hilton Head Island prides itself on offering visitors a home away from home. Here, you'll find some wonderful and welcoming accommodations, scenic beauty, and culture and community that begs to be explored! But before you get to exploring and sightseeing, let's first find the perfect place to stay. 

If you're looking for something sensational by the water, make your way to the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. Here, you can truly embrace the island lifestyle as you look out from your oceanfront suite's private balcony. Centrally located and filled with on-site luxury services, you'll always have something to see or do. From relaxing on beaches to playing on a championship golf course, getting pampered at the Omni Spa to dining at some of the best restaurants on Hilton Head Island — This is the spot for a truly unforgettable vacation. 

 Are you looking for something a little more private? The vacation homes and villa rentals on Hilton Head Island range from luxurious to laidback. In need of a spacious six-bedroom home for a family gathering? Consider Beverly Serral, a leader in luxury vacation homes. How about a private villa on the beach for a romantic getaway? Beach Properties of Hilton Head have an array of beachfront properties for all types of vacations — they even have pet-friendly rentals! 

The fact is, you can't go wrong with any of Hilton Head's spectacular accommodations. No matter how you envision your dream accommodation, the possibilities are endless! Some of the Lowcountry's best properties can be found through Hilton Head Properties Realty & Rentals. This is one of the most exclusive rental services on the Island, offering luxurious add-ons such as private chefs for a theme night dinner, and yoga class on the beach! 

3. Pedal Hilton Head Island

Is there a better way to kick off National Travel and Tourism week than celebrating Hilton Head Island culture, award-winning cycling, and community resilience? Pedal Hilton Head Island is being held on May 1st, where the community will come together for the most meaningful cycling experience of the year. Bikers can make their way through the newest Island gem, the Lowcountry Celebration Park, which offers an awe-inspiring beach backdrop that's sure to impress. Pedal Hilton Head Island has been a monumental event for the Boys and Girls Club Community for over 15 years, allowing participants to absorb incredible history while raising funds in support of the children of Hilton Head Island. 

4. Keeping it Local in the Lowcountry

Travel and Tourism Week isn't just about taking a vacation and sightseeing — it's also about having the opportunity to meet the locals and support their businesses! Hilton Head Island is known for its incredible tourism industry and renowned hospitality. We always say the best way to get to know an area is to get to know the people. No matter how many reviews you read or websites you visit, no one will have better inside information than its residents!  

When deciding where to eat, think about visiting cafés or small restaurants like The Crazy Crab, which has been serving fresh seafood on the Island for over 30 years. Stop in at that boutique you saw on the way to the beach, and attend that local event you heard about in town. Be a traveler, not just a tourist, all while supporting the fantastic local shops and services here on Hilton Head Island.

 5. Art and Culture of Hilton Head Island

There are several museums, galleries, theaters, and other cultural experiences in the Lowcountry waiting for you to explore! Up for an afternoon of history? Sign up for a guided tour through Bluffton's historic district! Wander through the art-lined halls of the Coastal Discovery Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, or take the family to the Sandbox Children's Museum for some interactive, hands-on learning. 

In the yacht basin, you can find our iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. Here, take in the magic views of the harbor and learn the history of this famous lighthouse on their new Quarterdeck. No matter what you choose, from cultural tours and nature walks to ecological ocean adventures and dolphin sightseeing — there's no shortage of guided tours to enjoy on Hilton Head Island!   

Explore the waters of Hilton Head Island by taking a dolphin and nature tour! Our friends at Island Explorer have crafted incredible private tour experiences ranging from one to three hours in length. They even offer romantic sunset cruises on the calm South Carolina waters. 

You can check horseback riding on the beach off your must-do list with Daufuskie Beach & Trail Rides. Described as "Paradise Beyond" and "a place steeped in simpler times," Daufuskie Beach is the perfect backdrop for your equestrian adventure. With group and private beach rides available, this exhilarating experience will be a trip highlight. 

6. Souvenirs from Hilton Head

Shopping when traveling is a great way to bring a piece of your trip home with you. Something you can look at to remind you of the amazing time you had with the people you love—and there’s no shortage of beautiful gifts to be found on Hilton Head Island. 

Bring a piece of the Lowcountry home with you from Coastal Provisions, Hilton Head Island's go to resource for everything you need to live the coastal lifestyle. With multiple locations on the Island, their stores feature the very best in coastal lifestyle apparel, accessories for your home and special trinkets to remember your time on America’s Greatest Island. 

Venture to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina where you’ll find a collection of boutique shops. Here, find stores that hold anything from handcrafted collectables, apparel, jewelry, home decor, and all of the island inspired trinkets and treasures you can imagine. 

7. End the Week with Cycle Celebration 

Join the community of Hilton Head Island on May 6th for Cycle Celebration. Dance the night away to music stylings performed by a local band, Lowcountry Boil, and party in a park that will feature booths run by local vendors who represent the very best of the health and wellness industry. This event coincides with the start of National Bike Month, reminding all attendees how important our physical and mental health is.  

Be sure to share your Travel and Tourism Week celebrations with us by using #LowcountryLife — because we want to celebrate with you! Learn more about how you can spend a week dedicated to travel at Hilton Head Island by checking out our helpful vacation planner

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