Destination: Hilton Head Island

Destination: Hilton Head Island

With the height of summer now upon us, we are hearing the call of surf, sun, and sand. At Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, one is beckoned by the warm sands of not only top-rated beaches, but of 25 award-winning golf courses sprawled across this stunning coastal low country landscape.

Your PC-12 can whisk you past the bottleneck of commercial air traffic in nearby Savannah and straight to the island via the hassle-free Hilton Head Island Airport (HIX). The airport, centrally located no more than 15 minutes from anywhere on the island, was established in the mid 1960s by the renowned golfer and pilot Arnold Palmer to facilitate access for golfers and other leisure visitors.

Beyond the sandy beaches, the whole family will find adventures and relaxation to suit every whim, from fine dining, shopping, and spas, to outdoor adventures in the protected natural environment. Fifty miles of biking and hiking trails wind through woodland and marsh nature preserves, offer views of wildlife and encounters with bottlenose dolphins that traverse the waterways. For those inclined toward cerebral pursuits, discover hundreds of years of history, art, and culture, flavored by colonial era settlers from multiple continents, at the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Gullah Museum.

For a season-capping Autumn excursion, fly in to Hilton Head for a breath of warm island air during the annual Motoring Festival & Concours de Elegance, October 25 - November 3. The country’s finest collector automobiles will be gathered at the Port Royal Golf Club for display and demonstrations. Marvel at turn-of-the-century beauties on the show field, swing down to the water to check out motoring marine craft, and then hop a ride back to the beach on an antique dune buggy for one last stroll before soaring comfortably past the exiting traffic in your PC-12.

Note: This article is displaying as it appeared in Volume 12 of our PlaneSense: Informational Quarterly newsletter.
Photo courtesy of Hilton Head Island Photos

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