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As home to more than 360 golf courses, South Carolina attracts golf enthusiasts from around the world. Whether you’re in Greenville, Columbia or Charleston, the stunning landscapes and mild weather create the ideal environment for a game of 18 holes — because here, it’s golf season all year long.

But the essence of the Palmetto State lies in the history that created its distinct Southern culture. And that history resonates in everything from storied locations of the Civil War to its proud reputation as the Birthplace of Barbecue. That’s right, it’s not just the plantations and military sites that represent South Carolina’s deep roots in American history — it’s the food, too.

So come discover the gorgeous beaches, incredible golf courses, rich history and Southern charm of South Carolina for an experience you’ll never forget … and one you can’t wait to do again.

Discover South Carolina
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Fun Fact

Golf course in Hilton Head Island
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South Carolina has more golf holes per capita than any other state in the USA.

Must see places

Charleston Tea Plantation

Take a trolley tour through the lush tea bushes at the USA’s only tea plantation and then a factory tour to see how the fragrant leaves are harvested. When you’re done tasting the tea, South Carolina’s Satisfy Your Thirst Tour continues on to breweries, distilleries, dairy farms and wineries across the state. 

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A view of Charleston, South Carolina, and the Ashley River Road National Scenic Byway

Ashley River Road National Scenic Byway

Just outside of Charleston, this stretch of Highway 61 winds for 18 kilometers through the iconic South Carolina landscape and features three of the most lauded old plantation homes: Magnolia Plantation, Drayton Hall and Middleton Place. Set off from the Ashley River Historic District and find yourself driving through a landscape of hickory oak, Spanish moss and palmettos.  

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Sea Islands

A variety of tour operators take you into the heart of Gullah country, a community that has been thriving on the Sea Islands and maintaining their West African legacy for more than 100 years. Encounter the spirituality, music, food and language of this welcoming culture with local guides.
 

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USS Yorktown and Patriots Point in South Carolina

USS Yorktown and Patriots Point

This naval and maritime museum may have the USS Yorktown, a historic WWII aircraft carrier, at its center, but there’s lots more to see and do. If you’re feeling brave, take a ghost tour of the carrier or a helicopter tour to take in the whole gaggle of submarines, destroyers and other crafts collected here. Stop in to the Medal of Honor Museum to learn about the heroes who commanded these vessels.

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Congaree National Park

The Congaree wilderness is made up of an old growth forest and water systems that sweep the backcountry where the park is located. To best see it all, canoe or kayak the 24-kilometer Cedar Creek trail, where you can see deer, river otter and wading birds, or hike a 40-kilometer trail, which includes a boardwalk to take you over the waterways. 

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Dupont Planetarium

The University of South Carolina in the city of Aiken features a planetarium with a 9-meter diameter tilted dome, to the delight of visiting stargazers. With public shows available on everything from the moon to Mars (also weather and cellular activity), there’s much to look up to here. The planetarium also has an observatory that houses a Bechtel Telescope.

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Columbia’s unique hybrid attraction is fun for all ages. Feed the giraffes, marvel at the lions and try to identify the birds overhead at Riverbanks’ Birdhouse. Stroll a range of gardens, including an Asian area, a Bog Garden and Shade and Rose sections. Brand new Waterfall Junction is a splash park and play area for kids featuring an impressive waterfall.

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View of Table Rock Mountain from Caesars Head State Park in South Carolina

Caesars Head State Park

From the platform at the top of this park, the highest point in South Carolina, you can see Table Rock Mountain and the valleys below. From September through November, the park is on “hawk watch,” where many gather to view the raptors on their annual migration to Central and South America. 

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Aerial view of Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina

Fort Sumter National Monument

Cross Charleston Harbor by boat to this historic fort, site of the 1861 attack by the Confederates that incited the American Civil War. Tour the massive barracks and learn how historical events unfolded through a series of exhibits within the fort. 

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South Carolina State Museum

Set on the Congaree River and housed in an old mill, this museum offers visitors four floors of collections and exhibits that cover arts and culture, science and technology, human history and natural history. The museum is also known for its collection of items that reflect regional and Civil War history.

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Hot Air Balloon flying over Asheville, North California
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Destination

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