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SOUTH CAROLINA TRAVEL GUIDE

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Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

OVERVIEW



South Carolina is famous for its beaches and the lovely and historic city of Charleston. Some of the finest East Coast beaches can be found in the state, including those on Hilton Head Island. There's also Myrtle Beach, although people do tend to have a love/hate relationship with that area since it can be a little rough around the edges. There's no denying how many tourist attractions the Myrtle Beach area has though. If you leave the coast and head to northwestern South Carolina you can find some great nature parks and green spaces. And then there's Charleston, one of the top dining destinations in the country. The scope of highly-rated restaurants you'll find in Charleston is astounding.

TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



Are you short on time or struggling to choose something to do or see in South Carolina? Here are my selections for the top 10 attractions or experiences in South Carolina, in no particular order:

Enjoy fine dining in Charleston, a famous dining/culinary destination
See waterfalls and some of the best scenic views in the state at Caesar's Head State Park
Visit one of South Carolina's historic forts (e.g. Fort Moultrie or Fort Sumter)
Walk around Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet and see more than 1,000 art sculptures
Paddle your way through Congaree National Park
Visit the gardens and museum at Middleton Place
Go whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River
Relax at one of South Carolina's famous beaches (e.g. Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island)
Enjoy some seaside amusements and/or some golfing at Myrtle Beach
Stop at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum to explore three decommissioned naval ships

If I could select only one area to visit in South Carolina, I would choose the Charleston and Hilton Head Island area.

For a list of 10 great attractions in each U.S. state, click here.

5-STAR ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



Here is my opinionated list of 5-star attractions in South Carolina. I believe each of these attractions should be on your South Carolina bucket list since they are all noteworthy from a national perspective:

Northwestern South Carolina (including Greenville)
BMW Zentrum, Spartanburg - the only BMW museum in North America; contains vintage cars, motorcycles, and concept vehicles
Caesars Head State Park, Greenville - features scenic views, hawk-watching, waterfalls (e.g. 420-ft Raven Cliff Falls), and 60 miles of trails
Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours by Wildwater, Long Creek - an excellent aerial adventure park with 10 ziplines
Dark Corner Distillery, Greenville - enjoy tastings of moonshine, aged whiskey, gin, and more
Devils Fork State Park, Salem - offers great lake swimming, trout fishing, boating, paddling, and waterfalls that are only accessible by boat
Falls Park On The Reedy, Greenville - a beautiful urban park with walking trails in downtown Greenville
Jones Gap State Park, Marietta - offers 60 miles of hiking trails, two waterfalls, and great trout fishing; close to Caesars Head State Park
Jumping Off Rock Overlook, Jocassee Gorges Management Area, Sunset - drive a long dirt road and then take a short walk to earn scenic views
Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville - includes 17 miles of hiking/mountain biking trails and four lakes; close to downtown Greenville
Peace Center, Greenville - a top-rated performing arts center that has a concert hall, theater, and amphitheater
Peachoid, Gaffney - a 135-foot tall water tower visible from I-85 that is shaped like a giant peach; one of SC's best roadside attractions
Sumter National Forest-Andrew Pickens Ranger District - a national forest that is known for its many excellent waterfalls
Table Rock State Park, Pickens - features hiking trails, lakes, and the iconic Table Rock landmark (which you can hike to the top of)
Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River - a popular river for rafting on the South Carolina / Georgia line; rapids on some trips hit class IV

Central South Carolina (including Columbia and Florence)
Congaree National Park, Hopkins - visit the largest old-growth floodplain forest in North America; excellent paddling opportunities
EdVenture Children's Museum / World's Largest Kid, Columbia - the second largest children's museum in the U.S. (1st = in Indianapolis)
Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden, Bishopville - it only takes a few minutes to walk around this interesting 3-acre topiary garden (shaped plants)
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia - a medium-sized zoo with more than 2,000 animals; also has a great botanical garden
South Carolina State Museum, Columbia - an excellent state history museum with four floors of exhibits plus a 4D theater and a planetarium
World's Largest Fire Hydrant, Columbia - a nearly 40-foot tall steel fire hydrant; one of South Carolina's best roadside attractions

Northeastern South Carolina (excluding the coastline)
South of the Border, Hamer - one of the largest and most famous roadside attractions in the U.S.; some would say it's the biggest tourist trap in the nation, but I think it's a blast since there's dozens of fun photo opportunities

Northern coast of South Carolina (including Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, and Pawleys Island)
Alligator Adventure, North Myrtle Beach - features live alligator and reptile shows
ATV/ORV-ing in North Myrtle Beach - the ATV/ORV-ing in this area is supposedly excellent
Beaches of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach - collectively, this area offers 60 miles of beaches
Boat tours from Myrtle Beach - e.g. jet boat tours, fishing charters, pirate cruises, kayaking tours, watersports, surfing, parasailing, etc.
Broadway At The Beach, Myrtle Beach - the most popular shopping & entertainment district in the Myrtle Beach area; more than 100 shops
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet - one of the very best gardens and outdoor sculpture parks in the U.S.; more than 1,000 sculptures!
Carolina Opry, Myrtle Beach - a highly-rated 2,000-capacity performance arts theater
Cherry Grove Beach, North Myrtle Beach - often wins "best beach in South Carolina" awards; the beach also has a long fishing pier
Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Beach - an extremely popular seaside amusement park on Ocean Boulevard; has more than 35 rides
Golfing in Myrtle Beach - the Myrtle Beach area has one of the highest concentrations of golf courses in the U.S.
Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach - arguably the best of the wax museums you'll find across the U.S.; take photos with famous people!
Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet - features 3 miles of unspoiled beach; don't miss Atalaya Castle, a Moorish-style castle
Inlet Point Plantation Stables, North Myrtle Beach - offers horseback riding on a private island beach
Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island - features a "a long stretch of wide, beautiful sand"; quieter than the busy beaches of Myrtle Beach
Miniature golfing in Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach is often described as the "miniature golf capital of the world" (supposedly more than 50!)
Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, Murrells Inlet - a 0.5-mile long wooden boardwalk along an estuary that is home to many fine restaurants
Myrtle Beach - a small city famous for its beaches, golf courses, water sports, seaside amusements, and dozens of other tourist attractions
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade, Myrtle Beach - 1.2 mile long beach boardwalk with shops and seaside amusements (e.g. SkyWheel)
Myrtle Beach Pinball Museum, Myrtle Beach - play vintage pinball games
Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, Myrtle Beach - a 187-foot tall, air-conditioned ferris wheel on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk & Promenade
Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach - features an undeveloped, mile-long beach, plus campsites, cabins, and a fishing pier
Myrtle Waves Water Park, Myrtle Beach - online reviews are a mixed bag, but this is South Carolina's largest water park
Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, Myrtle Beach - a popular pirate-themed dinner show; eat while being entertained!
Ripley's Aquarium, Myrtle Beach - the best aquarium in South Carolina
Savannah's Playground, Myrtle Beach - an excellent free children's playground
T.I.G.E.R.S Preservation Station, Myrtle Beach - offers intimate experiences and photo opportunities with big cats and other animals
Wheels of Yesteryear Vintage Auto Museum, Myrtle Beach - a medium-sized auto museum with many classic cars, including some muscle cars

Charleston (see below for the rest of the southern coast of South Carolina)
Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston - guided tours of a historic home in downtown Charleston
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston - supposedly the U.S.'s largest cable-strayed bridge
Battery & White Point Gardens, Charleston - a lovely park along the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of Charleston's Historic District
Boat tours from Charleston - e.g. sea-shelling tours, shark tooth hunting, dolphin cruises, sunset cruises, sightseeing tours, sailing, etc.
Charleston Historic District, Charleston - see many beautiful historic homes, which aren't far from the shopping and dining areas of Charleston
Charleston Waterfront Park, Charleston - a small park with great views of the Charleston harbor
Drayton Hall, Charleston - guided tours of an unfurnished 1700s-era plantation
Guided food tours in Charleston - Charleston is a major culinary destination, and several companies offer guided food tours
Guided walking tours in Charleston - several companies in Charleston offer excellent walking tours of the city
Horse-drawn carriage tours in Charleston - several companies in Charleston offer horse-drawn carriage tours
Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Charleston - a pretty waterfront green space that is famous for its pineapple-shaped water fountain
Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston - visit "one of America's most beautiful cemeteries"
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston - a historic rice plantation/estate from the 1600s that offers a variety of guided tours
McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston - tour a famous 37-acre slave plantation; has many beautiful old oak trees
Middleton Place, Charleston - arguably the best plantation to tour in the Charleston area

Southern coast of South Carolina (including Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, and Sullivan's Island; see above for Charleston)
Adventure Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island - a fun aerial adventure park with zip-lining canopy tours
Angel Oak Tree, Johns Island - an enormous and very old oak tree; one of the most photographed spots in South Carolina
Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, Mt. Pleasant - tour a plantation, gardens, and brick slave cabins; many beautiful oak trees on site
Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve, Edisto Island - a state preserve with nearly 3 miles of undeveloped shoreline
Center for Birds of Prey, Awendaw - a rehabilitation/medical center with guided tours and flight demonstrations; nearly 50 different species
Charleston Tea Garden, Wadmalaw Island - a large tea garden with many tea bushes, trolley tours and factory tours are offered
Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island - includes a museum, a nature preserve with walking trails, and several outdoor art sculptures
Comedy Magic Cabaret, Hilton Head Island - highly-rated comedy and magic shows
Cycling around Hilton Head Island - there are more than 64 miles of pathways and nature trails for walking and cycling on Hilton Head Island
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort - a highly-rated Disney resort experience
Edisto Beach State Park, Edisto Island - features 1.5 miles of beaches and 4 miles of trails; good sea-shelling and two campgrounds
Folly Beach Public Beach, Folly Beach - a great beach in a "funky, laid-back town"
Fort Moultrie National Monument, Sullivan's Island - tour a Revolutionary-era fort
Fort Sumter National Monument, Sullivan's Island - visit the fort where the first shots of the Civil War were fired
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort - a charming park next to Beaufort's charming historic downtown district
Hilton Head Island beaches - Hilton Head Island has more than 12 miles of uninterrupted sand beaches; Coligny Beach is the most popular
Hunting Island Lighthouse, Beaufort - one of the most famous lighthouses on the East Coast
Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort - highlights include maritime forests, tidal lagoons, and white-sand beaches
Isle of Palms Beach, Isle of Palms - offers six miles of white, sandy beaches on a barrier island; only 25 minutes from downtown Charleston
Kazoo Factory, Beaufort - museum and factory tours of the famous Kazoo instruments
Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemassee - see the historic ruins of a 1700s-era church
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mt. Pleasant - tour several historic military boats
Pirates of Hilton Head, Hilton Head - highly-rated pirate-themed boat cruises
Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Hilton Head - features hiking trails that visit a maritime forest and marshland
Sullivan's Island Beach, Sullivan's Island - a nice, lightly-developed beach only 20 minutes from downtown Charleston

Are you aware of any other 5-star attractions in South Carolina? If so, please email me at gparsons66@hotmail.com.

For a list of 5-star attractions in neighboring states, click on any of these links:  GA  |  NC

BEST TOWNS & CITIES TO VISIT IN SOUTH CAROLINA



These towns and cities in South Carolina are generally regarded as the most interesting to travelers:

Beaufort - a small city known for its antebellum mansions, historic district, boutique shops, and many B&Bs
Charleston - a large city known for its exceptional food/dining scene, historic districts, southern charm, and cobblestone streets
Folly Beach - a small town on Folly Island known for beaches, surfing, water sports, fishing, and the Folly Beach Pier
Greenville - a medium-sized city known as the "cultural and entertainment center" for upstate SC; close to many excellent state parks
Edisto Beach - a small town on a barrier island; known for its beaches, boat tours, and plantations; only one hour from Charleston
Hilton Head Island - a small city that is a major beach destination in the Southeast; tons of attractions, water sports, and bicycling paths
Murrells Inlet - a small town with a historic fishing village that is often called the "seafood capital of South Carolina"
Myrtle Beach - a small city famous for its beaches, golf courses, water sports, and many seaside amusements and other tourist attractions

My favorite city in South Carolina is Charleston - I recommend that first-time visitors spend at least 2-3 nights there. You could easily spend a full week or more if you also wanted to take some day trips from Charleston (e.g. Hilton Head Island, Savannah (GA), Beaufort, Kiawah Island, Brookgreen Gardens, etc.)

Click here if you'd like to see a complete list of towns and cities that I find interesting across the entire U.S.

WHAT IS SOUTH CAROLINA FAMOUS FOR?



Here are some things that South Carolina is famous or well-known for:

antebellum architecture
bald peanuts (boiled peanuts)
beaches
golf courses / golfing
grits
historic districts
mini-golfing (e.g. in Myrtle Beach)
palmetto trees
peaches
plantations
sweet tea

Click here if you'd like to explore what other U.S. states are famous for.

NATIONAL PARKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina has one national park and several other federally-managed parks and properties, including:

National Parks
Congaree National Park, Hopkins - visit the largest old-growth floodplain forest in North America; excellent paddling opportunities

National Forests
Francis Marion National Forest
Sumter National Forest - includes three districts; the Andrew Pickens Ranger District in northwestern South Carolina has more than a dozen excellent waterfalls

National Historical Parks / Other National Parks & Properties
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Cowpens National Battlefield
Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park
Kings Mountain National Military Park
Ninety Six National Historic Site
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
Reconstruction Era National Historical Park

For more information on South Carolina's national parks, visit the South Carolina page of the National Park Service. For an overview of all U.S. national parks, click here.

STATE PARKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina has more than 40 state parks. Many would agree that these represent South Carolina's finest state parks:

Northwestern South Carolina (including Greenville)
Caesars Head State Park, Greenville - features scenic views, hawk-watching, waterfalls (e.g. 420-ft Raven Cliff Falls), and 60 miles of trails
Devils Fork State Park, Salem - offers great lake swimming, trout fishing, boating, paddling, and waterfalls that are only accessible by boat
Jones Gap State Park, Marietta - offers 60 miles of hiking trails, two waterfalls, and great trout fishing; close to Caesars Head State Park
Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville - includes 17 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and four lakes; close to downtown Greenville
Table Rock State Park, Pickens - features hiking trails, lakes, and the iconic Table Rock landmark (which you can hike to the top of)

Northern coast of South Carolina (including Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, and Pawleys Island)
Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet - features 3 miles of unspoiled beach; don't miss Atalaya Castle
Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach - offers an undeveloped, mile-long beach, plus campsites, cabins, and a fishing pier

Southern coast of South Carolina (including Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, and Sullivan's Island; see above for Charleston)
Edisto Beach State Park, Edisto Island - features 1.5 miles of beaches and 4 miles of trails; good sea-shelling and two campgrounds
Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort - highlights include maritime forests, tidal lagoons, and white-sand beaches

To see my list of the top 100 state parks in the country, click here.

BEST WATERFALLS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina has several hundred natural waterfalls, although many of them are considered seasonal. Nearly all of the best waterfalls are centralized in the northwestern corner of the state. Here is a list of many of the finest waterfalls in South Carolina:

Sumter National Forest-Andrew Pickens Ranger District (in northwestern South Carolina)
Big Bend Falls
Blue Hole Falls
Brasstown Falls
Fall Creek Falls
King Creek Falls
Laurel Fork Falls
Licklog Falls
Long Creek Falls
Lower Whitewater Falls
Opossum Creek Falls
Riley Moore Falls
Spoonauger Falls
Yellow Branch Falls

The rest of northwestern South Carolina (including Greenville)
Issaqueena Falls in Walhalla
Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap State Park
Raven Cliff Falls on private land near Caesars Head State Park
Reedy Cove Falls (aka Twin Falls) in Sunset

For a listing of all known waterfalls in South Carolina, visit the World Waterfall Database.

BEST SCENIC DRIVES IN SOUTH CAROLINA



Here is a list of the best scenic drives in South Carolina:

Edisto Island National Scenic Byway - a 17-mile paved route from McKinley Washington Jr. Bridge to Edisto Beach State Park on NC-174

I haven't driven the 13-mile Falling Waters Scenic Byway yet, but it might be worthy of inclusion above. The 11-mile Ashley River Road near Charleston is also worth driving, although it doesn't offer scenic views. Instead, it features many moss-draped live oak trees. The drive out to Hilton Head Island is also pretty.

It's not clear to me whether the Savannah River Scenic Byway is actually scenic or not. It's likely more of a historical/cultural type of experience. I also don't think the 122-mile Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway is all that scenic either.

For a list of great scenic drives in each U.S. state, click here.

BEST OCEAN BEACHES IN SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina has many excellent Atlantic Ocean beaches, including these favorites:

Northern coast (from Pawleys Island north to the North Carolina border
Huntington Beach State Park beaches
Murrells Inlet beaches, Murrells Inlet
Myrtle Beach beaches
North Myrtle Beach beaches
Pawley's Island beaches

Southern coast (from the Georgia border north to Isle of Palms)
Daufuskie Island beaches - boat/ferry required (and then you'll need to rent a golf cart or bicycle to the beach)
Driftwood Beach
Edisto Beach, Edisto Beach
Folly Beach, Folly Beach
Hilton Head Island beaches - e.g. Burkes Beach, Coligny Beach Park, Driessen Beach Park, Folly Field Beach Park, Islanders Beach Park
Hunting Island State Park Beach
Isle of Palms County Park, Isle of Palms
Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island
Sullivan's Island Beach, Sullivan's Island

BEST RAIL TRAILS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



Here is a list of the best rail trails (or similar cycling paths) in South Carolina:

Northwestern South Carolina
Doodle Rail Trail
Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail

Southeastern South Carolina
Spanish Moss Trail

For detailed information on all known rail trails in South Carolina, visit the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website.

BEST AMUSEMENT PARKS / THEME PARKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



There are a few notable amusement parks in South Carolina:

Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Waves Water Park, Myrtle Beach
Neptune Island Waterpark, Hartsville
Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, North Charleston
Wild Water & Wheels, Surfside Beach

Take note that the Myrtle Beach area is often called the "miniature golf capital of the world". There are roughly 50 miniature golf courses located there.

BEST MUSEUMS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina has many great museums. The best museums in South Carolina include:

Northwestern South Carolina (including Greenville)
BMW Zentrum, Spartanburg

Central South Carolina (including Columbia and Florence)
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia
EdVenture Children's Museum, Columbia
South Carolina Railroad Museum, Winnsboro
South Carolina State Museum, Columbia

Northern coast of South Carolina (including Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, and Pawleys Island)
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet
Hollywood Wax Museum, Myrtle Beach
Wheels of Yesteryear, Myrtle Beach

Charleston (see below for the rest of the southern coast of South Carolina)
Aiken-Rhett House, Charleston
Charleston Museum, Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston
Gibbs Museum of Art, Charleston
H.L. Hunley Submarine, North Charleston
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston
McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston
Middleton Place, Charleston
Nathaniel Russell House, Charleston
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charleston
Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

Southern coast of South Carolina (including Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, and Sullivan's Island; see above for Charleston)
Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, Mt. Pleasant
Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island
Fort Moultrie National Monument, Sullivan's Island
Fort Sumter National Monument, Sullivan's Island
Kazoo Factory, Beaufort
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mt. Pleasant
Rose Hill Mansion, Bluffton

BEST DAY HIKES IN SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina has several good hiking trails. Here are some of the best day hikes in South Carolina:

Northwestern South Carolina (including Greenville)
Caesars Head State Park trails (e.g. Raven Cliff Falls, Raven Cliff Falls & Dismal Trail Loop, Caesars Head Overlook, etc.)
Paris Mountain State Park trails
Pinnacle Mountain, Table Rock State Park
Rainbow Falls Trail, Jones Gap State Park
Riley Moore Falls, Sumter National Forest
Spoonauger Falls via the Chattooga River Trail, Ellicott Rock Wilderness
Table Rock Trail, Table Rock State Park
Yellow Branch Falls, Sumter National Forest

Central South Carolina (including Columbia and Florence)
Boardwalk Loop Trail, Congaree National Park

Southern Coastline of South Carolina
Cape Roman National Wildlife Refuge trails (e.g. Bull Island)

The highpoint of South Carolina is Sassafras Mountain (3,554'), located in the northwestern corner of the state. You can drive up to the top, and so no hiking is required.

BEST BACKPACKING TRIPS IN SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina offers a few great backpacking opportunities. Some of the premier backpacking routes/areas in South Carolina include:

Caesars Head State Park trails
Chattooga Trail
Foothills Trail
Jocassee Gorges Management Area trails
Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area (includes Jones Gap State Park and Caesars Head State Park)
Palmetto Trail
Sassafras Mountain

CLASSIC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina offers many great outdoor adventures, including:

Backpacking the Chattooga Trail
Backpacking the Foothills Trail
Backpacking the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
Bouldering at Jocassee Gorges
Bouldering at Rocky Creek
Canoeing/kayaking in Congaree National Park
Canoeing/kayaking on the Lynches River
Canoeing/kayaking on the Saluda River
Cycling around Hilton Head Island
Cycling the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail
Day hiking Table Rock in Table Rock State Park
Helicopter tours on Hilton Head Island
Kayaking at Murrell's Inlet
Mountain biking the Anne Springs Close Greenway
Mountain biking the Forks Area Trail System (FATS)
Mountain biking in Horry County Bike & Run Park in Myrtle Beach
Mountain biking the Issaqueena Trail System in Clemson Experimental Forest
Mountain biking in Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville
Mountain biking in Poinsett State Park in Wedgefield
Mountain biking in Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park in Walhalla
Parasailing at Hilton Head Island
Parasailing at Myrtle Beach
Rock climbing at Big Rock Mountain
Rock climbing at Table Rock State Park
Skydiving in Chester
Surfing on Folly Beach
Surfing on Myrtle Beach
Tubing the Saluda River
Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River

SOUTH CAROLINA TRAVEL TIPS



For offbeat and unique South Carolina attractions, visit one or both of these amazing websites: Atlas Obscura and Roadside America

UNIQUE / SPECIALTY FOODS TO TRY IN SOUTH CAROLINA



Here are some unique / specialty foods to try while you are in South Carolina:

biscuits
boiled peanuts
collards
fried catfish
frogmore stew
lima beans
low country boil / Frogmore stew
peach cobbler
perlo (sometimes spelled purloo, perlou)
pimento cheese
she-crab soup
shrimp & grits
sweet tea

For a list of unique foods and mom-and-pop type eateries and restaurants in South Carolina (or any other U.S. state), visit the Roadfood.com website.
For a list of unique foods to try in each of the 50 U.S. states, click here.
For a list of the top-rated beers to try in South Carolina (or any other U.S. state), visit the Beer Advocate website.

OTHER KEY SOUTH CAROLINA INFORMATION



State Capital:
Columbia

Major Airports:
Charleston International Airport (CHS), Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), and Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)

Largest Cities:
Charleston (156,255), Columbia (138,104), North Charleston (118,328), Mount Pleasant (95,393), Rock Hill (76,016), Greenville (73,182)

Primary U.S. Interstates:
I-20, I-26, I-77, I-85, and I-95

State Highpoint:
Sassafras Mountain (3,554') in northwestern South Carolina. You can drive up to the top (no hiking required).

Professional Sports Teams:
None

Funny or Unique Town/City Names:
Cowpens, Pumpkin Town, and Sugar Tit

Take note that in general this travel guide intentionally excluded restaurants, lodging/hotels, breweries, wineries/vineyards, and certain other types of attractions (like arcades, ax-throwing, bowling alleys, and escape rooms). These types of places tend to come and go, and keeping up with that would be too challenging. I encourage you to use Google Maps, Tripadvisor, Yelp, and other travel sites that have reader reviews to find the latest and greatest places that I haven't covered here.



Angel Oak Tree in Johns Island, South Carolina
Angel Oak Tree in Johns Island, South Carolina

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina
Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina

Joe Riley Waterfront Park in Charleston, South Carolina
Joe Riley Waterfront Park in Charleston, South Carolina

Pinneapple Fountain in Charleston, South Carolina
Pineapple Fountain in Charleston, South Carolina

Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, South Carolina
Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, South Carolina
Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, South Carolina
(take note that a fence now surrounds this historic site)


South of the Border off I-95 in Hamer, South Carolina
South of the Border off I-95 in Hamer, South Carolina

World's Largest Boiled Peanut in Bluffton, South Carolina
World's Largest Boiled Peanut in Bluffton, South Carolina

World's Largest Sweet Tea in Summerville, South Carolina
World's Largest Sweet Tea in Summerville, South Carolina


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