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Fly to South Carolina and you’ll be landing in a state packed with heritage and beauty. It’s famed for its role in the shaping of American history, as well as being the home of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and no fewer than 47 state parks.
South Carolina is a sunny southern state of the US with a lot to offer in terms of activities, leisure and history...
With a long and well-documented history, from its role in the American Revolution to the Civil War, South Carolina is home to more than 1,200 historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, making it a great state for an educational holiday.
In addition, the state is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, providing excellent coastal beach resorts that are popular with tourists.
From American Civil War battle sites to museums dedicated to the War for Independence, the stunning Gibbes Museum of Art, historic churches and even preserved plantations and houses dedicated to sharing the dark history of slave-era America, South Carolina has a wealth of historical content to offer to visitors. One of the best places to go for insight into South Carolina's role in the North-South divide during the Civil War is the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, which details through extensive exhibitions the strife of the civil conflict and how tensions erupted into battle at Fort Sumter itself.
For those interested in historical gardens, Middleton Place is a great place to start, being home to America's oldest landscaped gardens. This National Historic Landmark is spread across 65 acres of beautiful sculpted gardens, as well as a museum dedicated to the house, restaurant and inn for those who want to stay a little longer.
The authentic Plantation Stableyards give historical insight into 18th- and 19th-century plantation life and are still home to livestock that would have been kept on the estate during those periods. Alternatively, a more modern approach to landscaping can be found at Brookgreen Gardens, located just south of Myrtle Beach. Designed in 1931, the gardens are mapped to reflect a spread-winged butterfly and are also host to their very own zoo.
If you prefer to see nature untamed, Sandhills may have more appeal. This strip of ancient beach dunes is home to a number of endangered and protected species, including varieties of squirrels, frogs, snakes and tortoises. Not far away from this preserved site are the Sandhills golf courses, providing some of the best golfing in the US.
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