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Welcome to South Carolina

A drive across South Carolina will take you high into the majestic peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, across the low, rocky hills of the Piedmont region and down to the lowlands, where the sandy shores give way to sparkling waters of the Atlantic. A trip through the Palmetto State is also a journey into the past. Walk below the bell tower of a church dating to colonial times, tour the fort where the first shots of the Civil War rang out or explore the well-preserved Gullah Geechee culture. The Palmetto State maintains its Old South heritage while embracing the future.

Beaches and Blue Ridge Mountains

South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast beckons those seeking adventure or relaxation. Enjoy the sound of waves crashing on the shore as the sea breeze rustles your hair. Along the state’s northern coast, the 60-mile stretch of shoreline known as the Grand Strand bustles with entertainment.

With more than 30 world-class golf courses, Hilton Head Island is a favorite spot for hitting the links, while cyclists will enjoy exploring the island’s miles of biking trails.

The rugged foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state’s northwest corner are home to the Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area. Grab a camera and take a hike to one of the cascading waterfalls (including Twin Falls, Laurel Fork Falls and Lower Whitewater Falls) hidden in these verdant hills. For panoramic views of four states, head up Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina.

City Fun in the Sun

The heart of historic South Carolina can be found in Charleston, located on the state’s central coast. Church steeples rise high above the city as you stroll the cobblestone streets. Take a walking tour to hear the rich stories of Charleston’s colonial past and to view the amazing architecture. Grand antebellum mansions and moss-covered oak trees transport visitors back to the Old South.

Though not the largest city in the state, Greenville is one of the fastest growing. The Blue Ridge Mountains serve as a scenic backdrop for this city on the rise.

On the coast, Myrtle Beach offers wide-open beaches on the beautiful Atlantic, but visitors will also find family attractions, prime shopping destinations, amusement parks, live music shows and myriad recreational opportunities. Head to the boardwalk for a classic coastal experience, and take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel for epic ocean views. With the number of superb golf courses, it’s no wonder Myrtle Beach is informally known as “the golf capital of the world.”