As one of the most historically rich states in the U.S.A., South Carolina is a must-see for travelers visiting the South. South Carolina has the best of Southern home-cookin', popular beach destinations such as Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, historically rich cities like Charleston, metropolitan areas like Columbia, upcoming cities such as Greenville, charming towns, beautiful countryside and even some mountains! Hostels are few and far between in South Carolina, so make sure you book ahead of time.
South Carolina is divided into three main regions: the foothills, midlands, and the coast. The foothills occupy the upper northwest portion of the state and are seated at the foot of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains. This makes for easy access to hiking, camping, cycling and enjoying the beautiful nature, especially at State Parks like Table Rock State Park, Caesars Head State Park, Jones Gap State Park and more. Water lovers will enjoy the many lakes, such as Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee. Greenville, a rapidly growing and trendy city, is also located in the Upstate of South Carolina, near the foothills. Be sure to check out the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy River and lively music and arts scene downtown. There are plenty of unique dining options in Greenville, including a large range of ethnic cuisine and a huge variety of equally satisfying coffee shops and microbreweries.
The midlands of South Carolina, also known as the Sandhills, are known for the hot and humid climate and abundance of bugs. With a closer look, however, one can discover an old historic charm. The capital city, Columbia, is the metropolitan hub of the region and the center of business and higher education. Mingled throughout the modern tedium of mid-major city life are relics of times gone by. There are plenty of opportunities to gaze into the past and imagine the South of centuries past by visiting the State House or one of many historic houses or battlefields. Not far from the city, Congaree National Park offers visitors a quiet escape into a maze of swampy bottomland forest. Visitors can enjoy camping and walks on raised boardwalks throughout the park.
The Coast of South Carolina has perhaps the greatest reputation of the regions, and it's easy to see why so many tourists make this their port of call for family vacations. Highlights of the coast include historic Charleston, one of the oldest port cities in the United States, Myrtle Beach, a beach and golf-lovers playground, and Hilton Head Island, a quiet but luxurious beach community. Take some time to explore the small towns between major sights for fresh food, antique shops, and a laid-back taste of South Carolina life at its finest.
Despite remaining on the periphery of many travelers vacation radars, and a lack of a variety of hostels, South Carolina has plenty to see and experience all across its three regions.
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