SOUTH CAROLINA: MADE FOR VACATIONS
Wide, glittering sand beaches, beautiful views, and historic, charming small towns make South Carolina your best choice for your vacation in the States. Its versatility means that everybody in your group will find something about South Carolina to love.
South Carolina was one of the first Thirteen Colonies that would later become the basis for the United States, and its plantations show you what life was like centuries ago. There are thousands of historical sites to discover, including American Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields.
South Carolina also has modern cities, with cutting-edge music venues such as Columbia’s Koger Centre and Greenville’s Peace Centre, as well as vibrant nightlife. It hosts major sporting events, including a PGA golf event, as well as professional tennis, football, minor-league baseball, and other events.
South Carolina is the perfect place for an outdoor vacation. Myrtle Beach
, known as the “Grand Strand,” has 97 kilometres of wide, sandy beaches and over 100 golf courses, and is the perfect place for everyone in your group. In addition, Hilton Head Island
is the largest vacation island between New York and Florida.
The sun shines 200 days a year, creating ideal conditions for enjoying the outdoors. The beaches are terrific to visit in the summer, and they are particularly pleasant in the spring and autumn. It should be noted that the mountains of the Upcountry have breathtaking colour in the autumn.
South Carolina offers many opportunities for enjoying sports. Its championship golf and tennis facilities are particularly popular, and you can enjoy them all year long.
With over 360 golf courses, it’s no wonder that Golf Digest
magazine named the state the best golf destination in the USA. The state hosts major tournaments, including the RBC Heritage tournament
at Hilton Head Island and the PGA Championship
at Kiawah Island in 2012.
South Carolina is also a major tennis destination, with some of the best facilities in the USA. Some of the top clubs include Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island, Kiawah Island Resort near Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort
on the Isle of Palms, and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort
south of Myrtle Beach.
South Carolina is a great place to fish, hunt, and participate in watersports. Lake Murray
near Columbia is a beautiful place to fish for perch, catfish, trout, and more. Lake Jocassee
in the Upcountry
near the Blue Ridge Mountains is marvellous for fishing, diving, kayaking and more.
Fishing and watersports are very popular along the coast, where you can go on day-long fishing trips in the ocean. You can rent boats, go on guided group trips, or fish from one of many oceanfront piers.
South Carolina is a great place to visit if you love food. Some of the USA’s best chefs work in Charleston
, and the country’s best new restaurant, Husk
, is located there. Seafood is popular all across the state, and you should not miss such famous local dishes as she-crab soup
and shrimp and grits.
Wherever you go, there is a local speciality. “Frogmore Stew
,” a mixture of seafood, sausage, corn and potatoes, is popular in the Lowcountry. In the Pee Dee, try a mixture of chicken, rice, and sausage called “Chicken Bog
.” And your trip will not be complete unless you try pork barbecue, which is cooked with different sauces in different parts of the state.
The mild climate makes South Carolina the perfect place to grow fruits and vegetables. Summer is filled with luscious strawberries, peaches, blueberries and watermelons. In the autumn, enjoy freshly picked apples.
Whatever kind of vacation you’re looking for, you’ll find it in beautiful South Carolina. From the mountains to the beach, there is something to discover behind every bend in the road. “The Cherokee Foothills Scenic highway” in the Upcountry is particularly beautiful, especially in the autumn.
South Carolina has 47 beautiful state parks, where you can camp near the ocean, hike to a waterfall, picnic next to a lake, play golf, or listen to bluegrass music. Many state parks have cabins for rent, and all offer extensive programmes for visitors.
The state also boasts Congaree National Park, which has the largest old-growth floodplain forest in North America. The park offers spectacular trees and wildlife, and you can hike, canoe, fish, kayak, and go on guided swamp tours.
A visit to Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is always special. While there, you can tour the South Carolina Statehouse and see its beautiful dome before wandering around the adjoining monuments and gardens. One of the most fun things to do in Columbia is to visit Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, the Southeast’s premier zoo. Columbia also is home to an art museum, a children’s museum and the South Carolina State Museum, which displays hundreds of artifacts and exhibits.
The Upcountry near Greenville and Spartanburg is the hub of the state’s textile industry. Many international companies, including Michelin, BMW, Umbro and Maxfli (a subsidiary company of Dunlop Slazenger International) have established themselves here.
Of all the wonderful things about South Carolina, perhaps its hospitality is the most impressive. The people will welcome you with smiling faces and treat you graciously.
The state has nine first-class visitor centres, which are conveniently located along Interstate highways. The friendly staff can help you to book rooms in all parts of the state. You also can get information about local attractions, maps, travel planning tips, and discount coupons.
South Carolinians celebrate their heritage with all sorts of festivals, most of which take place on weekends. Regardless of the time of year in which you choose to visit, you’ll likely discover a fun festival to enjoy.
Whatever you choose to do on your vacation, the people of South Carolina will welcome you with warm Southern hospitality.
For more information about South Carolina, contact the South Carolina Tourism Office. Tel.: (803)734-1700 E-mail: International@scprt.com
or you can visit us on the Internet at www.DiscoverSouthCarolina.ca