What to see in South Carolina


South Carolina conjures images of antebellum plantation houses, the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle, the historic horrors of slavery, civil war battles, and long stretches of sun-drenched coastline. Once a wealthy British colony ruled by aristocratic plantation owners, South Carolina is in many ways a very ornamental state, thanks to the elegant architecture as well as the scenic beauty. The turbulent history of slavery and civil war adds an edge to this otherwise dreamy rural state, but for travellers this is part of the appeal, with restored plantations, battlefields and museums promising rich sightseeing fodder.

Although Columbia is the capital and the largest city of South Carolina, famously atmospheric Charleston is the most popular travel hub of the state, inviting visitors to step back centuries; horse-drawn carriages are one of the most popular forms of touristic transport which tells you a lot about this Southern Queen of a city. Alongside this old-fashioned cultural powerhouse, the coastal resorts of glitzy Myrtle Beach offer a different sort of holiday fun, with water sports, outlet malls, amusement parks and arcades warring for attention with the lovely beaches.

Most of South Carolina's popular attractions can be found along the coast and the majority of visitors don't explore further inland, but for those looking to get off the well-beaten tourist track the interior promises dramatic mountains, mysterious swamps, rolling farmlands and sleepy old towns, best explored by hiring a car and allowing yourself to get a bit lost.


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