Hilton Head's legendary golf courses and beautiful beaches are the island's most popular attractions, but tennis players love it, too. Attracting numerous spectators every spring, the PGA's Verizon Heritage Tournament is held at Harbour Town Golf Links, and throughout the year resort guests enjoy playing on its famous fairways. Beachgoers find Hilton Head's wide shore ideal for walking and soaking up sun, and kids love building sand castles and splashing in the surf. When they're not golfing or playing on the beach, visitors usually take advantage of the island's well-maintained bicycle paths. Harbour Town marina's famous red and white-striped lighthouse is likely Hilton Head's most-visited landmark and is widely considered the symbol of South Carolina. Guided tours, from horse rides to dolphin cruises, allow you to view the island from different perspectives. To enjoy scenery that's off the beaten path, sign up at Lawton Stables for a horseback tour.
Elizabeth C. Baxley is a Travel Editor for 10Best, Inc. Her favorite travel experiences have involved studying theater in London and exploring the streets of Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. She served as a contributor to the 10Best Travel Guides for Dallas and Washington, D.C., and her writings have also appeared in Upstate Parent.