SOUTH CAROLINA: MADE FOR HOLIDAYS
Wide, glittering sand beaches, beautiful views and historical, charming small towns make South Carolina your best choice for a US holiday. Its versatility makes it a great place to visit for everyone in your group.
South Carolina was an original US colony and its plantations show you what life was like centuries ago. There are thousands of historical sites to discover, including battlefields from the Revolutionary War for independence from England and the American Civil War.
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 is host to large sporting events, including a PGA golf event, professional tennis, American football, minor-league baseball and others, to name just a few.
South Carolina is the perfect place for an outdoor holiday. Myrtle Beach
, known as the “Grand Strand”, has 60 miles of wide, sandy beaches and over 100 golf courses: the perfect place for everyone in your group. Hilton Head Island
is the largest holiday 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. Also, the mountains of the Upcountry have breathtaking colour in the autumn.
South Carolina offers many ways to enjoy sports. Its championship golf and tennis facilities are particularly popular and you can enjoy them at any time of year.
With over 360 public 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 also is a big 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 other water sports. 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 great for fishing, diving, kayaking and more.
Fishing and water sports are very popular along the coast, where you can go on day-long fishing trips in the ocean. You can hire boats, go on guided group trips or fish from one of the many ocean-front 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, so you should not miss the famous dishes of “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 without trying 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 fruit and vegetables. Summer is filled with luscious strawberries, peaches, blueberries and watermelons. In the autumn, enjoy freshly picked apples.
Whatever type of holiday 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 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 hire and all offer extensive programmes for visitors.
The state also is home to the Congaree National Park
, which is home to the largest old-growth floodplain forest in North America. The park has spectacular trees and wildlife, and you can hike, canoe, fish, kayak and go on guided tours through the swamp.
A visit of Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is always special. While there, you can tour the SC Statehouse, which has a beautiful dome and wander 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 state museum, which displays hundreds of artefacts and exhibits.
, near Greenville and Spartanburg, is the centre of the state’s textile industry. Many international companies, among them 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 the hospitality is the most attractive. 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 make room reservations for accommodation in all parts of the state. You also can get information about attractions, maps, travel planning tips and discount coupons.
South Carolina citizens celebrate their heritage with all sorts of festivals, most of which take place during the weekends. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, you’re likely to discover a fun festival to enjoy.
Whatever you choose to do on your holiday, the people of South Carolina will welcome you with warm, Southern hospitality.