South Carolina – otherwise known as the Palmetto State (in honour of the state tree – the Palmetto) - is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the southwest by Georgia across the Savannah River. It is home to stunning mountains and towering waterfalls, blackwater rivers, and scenic inland lakes; great news for visitors soaking up the state’s year-round balmy weather.
Take a trip to one of the many antebellum plantations – each with their own rich story to tell. Boone Hall Plantation in the historic city of Charleston symbolises southern heritage and the image of its huge, moss-draped oak trees that meet overhead to form a natural corridor is a stunning sight that will stay etched in your memory. You may also recognise this historic house from the hit film The Notebook, in fact you can follow in the footsteps of Ryan Gosling at many sites across South Carolina.
Visitors also come to South Carolina for its first-class golf courses, mouth-watering southern cooking (notorious for its barbecue and home to the ‘Official Four Sauces’!), charming Lowcountry towns, its 47 state parks, and sun-soaked days at the beach. You can’t look past a visit to iconic Myrtle Beach, with its iconic skywheel, excellent seafood, 96 kilometres of coastline and 14 unique communities. An insider tip is to make sure you make it up for sunrise at least once – the sunrises here are spectacular. Keeping with the outdoor theme, Greenville has many biking and walking trails, each with stunning scenery and wildlife. Set on a historic rail bed that in places runs along the Reedy River, the 35 kilometre Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail is one of Greenville’s most popular and accessible recreation options.
Charleston, known as the Holy City with over 100 church steeples, has a very historic feel – walk along its cobbled streets or enjoy a carriage tour to learn more about the destination. Charleston City Market is a great place to pick up a new wicker basket, handmade in front of you. In the Palmetto State’s capital city Columbia, everyone is catered for from sight seers and thrill-seekers alike: you can admire local artwork at the world-class Columbia Museum of Art or brave whitewater rafting on the rapids of the Saluda River. Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens is just minutes from the state capital, and the State Museum also tells the colourful history of South Carolina.
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