A state in the Southeastern part of the United States, South Carolina is the 24th most populous of the 50 states and was originally part of the Province of Carolina. Located across the Savannah River, South Carolina is bordered by North Carolina to the north and by Georgia to the west. South Carolina summer is characterized by very hot weather, drawing tourists and travelers to its coastal attractions. The winters, on the other hand, are characteristically mild making it ideal for local and foreign guests to venture into numerous exciting and exhilarating winter activities.
South Carolina is accessible to the remaining states, and the rest of the world, through the various airports servicing different key cities. Charleston International Airport is the largest in the group and offers flights in the east coast area. There are also average sized airports situated in Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach. Regional flights are also available in smaller airports in Florence and Hilton Head. For those traveling by car, South Carolina can be reached through any of the five interstate highways leading to the State, starting with Interstate 85 near Anderson and Interstate 26 that leads to Charleston. For those who are fond of train travel, Amtrak also has multiple routes passing through South Carolina that they can book at any given time. Once in South Carolina, rental cars are a convenient mode of transit, as the South Carolina road system is very suitable for land travelling.
Popular South Carolina tourist destinations decorate its Eastern Atlantic Coast, with The Grand Stand considered one of the most well known areas. It comprises about 60 miles of beachfront property. The Strand runs the South Carolina border and through the beautiful towns of Atlantic Beach, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, as well as Garden City and Surfside Beach. The beautiful inlet in Little River, on the other hand, is an ideal spot for fishing and other wonderful water sports. Settle for any of the lovely beaches found in South Carolina and have endless hours under the sun, exploring the waves and the tides, working on a perfect tan, or simply communing with the locals, the other beach goers or the family, and have one of the most enjoyable and relaxing vacations of all.
A great way to jumpstart any South Carolina tour is to check out its capital, Columbia, and all its lovely treasures. Home to the Army’s Fort Jackson, as well as the University of South Carolina, the capital is also considered the largest city in the State and is home to numerous attractions that any tourist will find worthwhile to visit. For those who are fond of architecture and history, a great way to begin any tour is by dropping by the South Carolina State House, marvel at its majestic structure and visit a handful of its monuments, as well as its beautiful rose garden. The South Carolina State Museum on Gervais Street, and the Columbia Museum of Art are also worthy of anyone’s visit, while those traveling with children will prove to have one great experience by visiting The Riverbanks Zoo, Edventure Children’s Museum, and the Melton Memorial Observatory on Greene Street. Other noteworthy places to check out in South Carolina are the Nickelodeon movie theater and the Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center, both located on Main Street.
The outdoor enthusiast will never run out of interesting to do in the state of South Carolina either, and one of the best places to start is by visiting the Congaree National Park, the only United States National Park in South Carolina. Apart from the vast greenery and unlimited open space, the National Park is also well known for pines of every kind, as well as numerous bird species taking shelter in many of its trees. Canoeing the Cedar Creek Trail and exploring the jungle of the backcountry, as well as camping in its vast grounds, are some of the activities that draw tourists to the outdoor gems of South Carolina. Other parks worthy of anyone’s visit include the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, the Ninety Six National Historic Site, and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.
While in South Carolina, any guest or traveler should make time to participate in one of its many festivals starting with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Five Points. The famous South Carolina BBQ, well known for its four sauces of ketchup, mustard, tomato, and vinegar, will also promise any guest one unique gustatory adventure.