A travel guide to South Carolina, United States of America providing South Carolina tourism and travel information.
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Overview

South Carolina is all about southern hospitality. The most popular vacation regions in South Carolina are the Upcountry, with scenic forested mountain terrain, and the magnificent coastline with its miles of sandy beaches and unlimited opportunities to enjoy fishing, boating, and watersports. The state capital is Columbia, centrally located in the Heartland region. Charleston is a charming coastal city and provides a unique historical atmosphere complete with original cobblestone streets. Myrtle Beach is another coastal city and part of the South Carolina coast's infamous “Grand Strand,” a paradise for golf lovers, swimmers and anybody seeking incredible outdoor recreation. Another popular vacation destination, Hilton Head Island, lies directly off the South Carolina coast and provides an array of aquatic activities as well as several championship golf courses.

The city of Charleston has a rich, intriguing history spanning over three centuries, and the 2,000 preserved historic buildings that make up Charleston's Historic District showcase this history for visitors. The city and surrounding countryside feature a number of original plantation houses, and most are open to the public for tours. Boone Hall is one of the more popular plantation homes and is continues to operate today. Charleston Harbor offers an unforgettable view of the dignified antebellum mansions and estates that line some of the narrow city streets. Several harbor boat tours are available.

In sharp contrast to the historical preservation and traditional atmosphere, Charleston also maintains a sophisticated cosmopolitan side. The city offers exceptional cultural attractions, art galleries and museums, theater performances, upscale dining options and unique shops. The entire city is easily explored on foot. A good first stop on any walking tour is “Rainbow Row,” a delightful park bordered by colorfully painted southern homes. Charleston's Waterfront Park lures families with eight well-kept acres of green spaces, walking paths, picnic areas, and a grand fountain and splash park for the kids. Don't miss the famous City Market – four buildings offer an incredibly shopping experience and feature locally produced artisan foods and merchandise. A horse-drawn carriage tour is always a fun option.

South Carolina’s Coastal region is home to sunny, sandy beaches, a vibrant nightlife and world-famous fresh seafood.  The “Grand Strand” is an area sixty miles long along the Atlantic Coast. Myrtle Beach is the central city of this area, and over 100 golf courses are located within half an hour of the city. The Coastal region provides a variety of watersports, fishing, boating, and a number of interesting aquariums and thrilling water parks.


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