South Carolina

South Carolina combines the modern rush of the city with the relaxing air of the great outdoors, plus plenty of activity and adventure along the way. Starting with the capital of South Carolina, Columbia, you’ve got strings of great shops, malls, bars and restaurants, as well as the fascinating South Carolina State Museum, the popular Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden and the gorgeous forest trails of Congaree National Park. Over in Charleston, there’s a more historical vibe. This portside city was founded in the 17th century and still has much of the charm of colonial America. The cobblestone streets and pastel painted houses give way to an elegant French Quarter, the Battery promenade and Waterfront Park overlooking the pretty Charleston Harbour.

Attractions here include the popular South Carolina Aquarium, the Charleston Museum rife with South Carolina history, and a number of perfectly preserved plantations including the impressive Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and the oak tree-lined avenues of Boone Hall. Here you can learn about life down south from the American Revolution until present day. South Carolina is known for its stunning coastal towns and one of our favourites is the popular Myrtle Beach. This gorgeous vacation resort sits on the Atlantic coast and has an incredible 60 miles of beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses and everything you can ask for from a thriving beach resort. There’s also the old time Family Kingdom amusement park and one of America’s tallest Ferris wheels.

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If you’re more of an outdoors type, Myrtle Beach State Park offers breath-taking hiking trails, fishing opportunities and hundreds of acres of stunning coastal forest to explore. Further afield you’ve got the cyclist’s paradise of Hilton Head Island, the stunning waterfalls of Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville and the incredible outdoor sculptures of Brookgreen Gardens at Murrells Inlet. If you want to get away from it all, head to one of the remote islands just off the coast of South Carolina.

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Here you’ll find deserted beaches, golf courses, boat tours and wilderness hiking trails to explore. There’s plenty of places to try a number of sports including water sports like canoeing and kayaking in Congaree National Park, deep-sea fishing off the coast of Charleston and jet-skiing at Myrtle Beach. Wherever you go on our holiday to South Carolina, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime.

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10 facts about South Carolina

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There’s a lot of history to be had in South Carolina and the first battle of the American Civil War was held at Fort Sumter.

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Morgan Island is home to a colony of 3,500 rhesus macaque monkeys, the only free range colony in the country.

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Angel Oak on John’s Island is said to be more than 1,500 years old, making it the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River.

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The Edisto River has 66 miles of canoe and kayak trails and covers part of the ‘Blackwater Stream’, which looks exactly how it sounds.

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Although Georgia tries to compete for the title, the biggest producer of peaches in America is actually South Carolina.

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Lake Murray has had many legendary sightings of Loch Ness Monster-type creatures, first surfacing in 1973.

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America’s very first game of golf was played in Charleston. Today there are many world-class courses to suit any golfer.

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Parsons Mountain Park in the Sumter National Forest is easy to get around – it has a 26-mile horse riding trail and a 24-mile motorcycle trail.

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The Isle of Palms is thought to be over 25,000 years old and was originally inhabited by indigenous Seewee Indians.

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Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia is home to more than 2,000 free range animals who have natural habitats with no cages.

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