South Carolina Sightseeing

South Carolina Sightseeing

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South Carolina Cotton Trail
The historical trail illustrates the role of cotton in the state’s history. The insightful journey of discovery takes you through the Pee Dee County counties. Information about the trail is available at the Visitor Information Centers in Bennetsville, Hartsville and Bishopville and on the website www.schistorytrail.com. Bishopville is also home to the South Carolina Cotton Museum (121 W Cedar Ln, Bishopville, SC 29010 www.sccotton.org )

Myrtle Beach
According to agooddir, the popular beach town is just the center of the “Grand Strand” stretch of coast, which becomes a hotspot for sun-worshippers in summer. Located not far from the North Carolina border, this is a tourist highlight for vacationers. In addition to hotels, there are numerous golf courses, amusement parks and gambling halls in large numbers and above all for every budget. Already in the 1950s, college students came in large numbers during the spring break and transformed the then much more tranquil place into a single party mile. “The Shag” – the official state dance – was invented here. In addition to numerous hotels, there are still exclusive holiday clubs on the coast to this day. To eat fish, head to the fishing village of Murrells Inlet. In addition to numerous fish specialties, the highlights also include the blue crabs, which are caught here and are among the culinary sensations due to their fine taste. www.visitmyrtlebeach.com

There are two attractions 16 miles south of Myrtle Beach that are worth visiting: On the land side of Highway 17 are the Brookgreen Gardens – a sculpture park with around 2,000 sculptures by 430 artists with a botanical garden. (Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, www.brookgreen.org ). Extending towards the Atlantic is Huntington Beach State Park – a wide stretch of beach with a boardwalk through the salt marsh. The sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973) had her studio here. It was she who created Brookgreen Gardens in the 1930s. (16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, southcarolinaparks.com/huntington-beach )

Georgetown
The town of around 10,000 on the Samplit River – at the southern end of Grand Strand – was once the center of the lucrative rice trade. Almost half of the rice grown in the US is processed here. So it’s no wonder that the Rice Museum in the Old Market is one of the city’s must-see attractions. Anyone who visits the lovingly designed museum will be informed about the great influence of the rice industry on life in the region. One of the highlights of the museum is the Maritime Department, where historic local boats are on display. (Rice Museum, 633 Front St Georgetown, SC 29440, www.ricemuseum.org ).

One of the very special museums is the so-called Gullah Museum in the heart of the city. Gullah, the language and culture of the African slaves who were brought to this region, is celebrated here. They are directly related to rice cultivation in South Carolina. The mixed language of West African languages ​​with English is spoken today by only a few thousand people. (Gullah Museum, 123 King Street, Unit 7, Georgetown, SC 29440, www.gullahmuseumsc.com ). Georgetown’s must-see business district takes you back to a typical southern small town in the first half of the 20th century, in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Charleston or the resort towns along Grand Strand.

About 25 km south of the city center is a typical Southern home from the era before the Civil War: The Hampton Plantation Home in the State Park of the same name bears witness to the great wealth of the plantation owners. The beautiful camellia garden and the old oak trees on the property are worth seeing. (Hampton Plantation State Park, US Hwy. 17, 1950 Rutledge Rd, McClellanville, SC 29458, southcarolinaparks.com/hampton )

Another very fine historic building is the Hopswee Plantation ‘s main house, built around 1740. The birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, is open to visitors. However, it is known for its cuisine – which, however, can only be enjoyed by prior arrangement. (Hopswee Plantation, 494 Hopswee Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440, hopswee.com )

For more information about Georgetown and the surrounding area, visit www.discovergeorgetownsc.com

Harbor Town Lighthouse
Now a Hilton Head Island landmark, the red and white lighthouse on Hilton Head’s Sea Pines Plantation area was built in 1969 for the Heritage Golf Tournament. 110 steps lead to the approximately 30 m high tower, from which you have a wonderful view. At the foot of the lighthouse is a marina and numerous restaurants and shops.

Visit www.hiltonheadisland.org and www.hiltonhead.com for more information

The approximately 115-mile-long Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway runs in the Highlands from the Georgia border across the Blue Ridge Mountains to the North Carolina border. Points of interest along the way include Cowpens National Battlefield, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum of rock formations and fossils (Bob Campbell Geology Museum, 140 Discovery Lane, Clemson, SC 29634 www.clemson.edu/geomuseum ) and historic Hagood Mill from 1845 with a farm exhibit (Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, SC 29671, www.hagoodmillhistoricsite.com ).

Fort Hill was the home of US Vice President John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) and was later bequeathed to the state, which made it an agricultural college. The mansion is furnished with historical furniture and family pieces. (Fort Hill, 101 Fort Hill St., Clemson SC 29634, www.clemson.edu/fort-hill ). Worth seeing is the Oconee Station State Historic Site with some buildings that were built in the 18th century to defend against Indian attacks. A trading post was later established. (Oconee Station State Historic Site, 11500 Oconee Station Road, Valhalla, SC 29691, southcarolinaparks.com/oconee-station ).

The Cherokee County History & Arts Museum, a former recruit station, features a variety of exhibits related to the area’s history and environment, including geological finds, Native American life and its role in the American Civil War. (Cherokee County History & Arts Museum, 301 College Drive, Gaffney, SC 29340, cherokeecountyhistory.org

Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River
The Chattooga is considered one of the premier whitewater runs in the Southeast. Dense forests and natural banks determine the course of the Chattooga, which rises in the mountain regions of North Carolina and makes its way from the Appalachian Mountains over 80 km to Lake Tugaloo. Rafters can brave category IV and V rapids here. There are guided rafting tours for beginners. Scenes for the 1972 thriller Deliverance starring Burt Reynolds were filmed on this river. chattoogariver.org and bit.ly/3j5AzJP

The view from the granite rock atop the impressive Blue Ridge bluff at Caesars Head State Park is awe-inspiring. Numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty lead through Caesars Head and neighboring Jones Gap State Park, which together form the 110 km² Mountain Bridge Wilderness area. One of the most popular hiking trails leads to the 140 m high Raven Cliff Falls, where you can experience the water tumbling down from a suspension bridge. (8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC 29635, southcarolinaparks.com/caesars-head )

Another point of interest in the Upstate region is the 60,000-population city of Greenville, which is located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nicknamed “G-Vegas”, the city is widely known as a design city. The hip city has also made a name for itself in the foodie scene in recent years. There are numerous events. The most famous is September’s Euphoria Festival, euphoriagreenville.com, which features wine tastings, cooking shows, and seminars with world-class chefs. (Visit Greenville, City Hall, 206 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601, www.visitgreenvillesc.com )

The almost 40,000-resident city of Spartanburg can look back on a long history: in 1753 an agreement was concluded with the Cherokee Indians that allowed settlers to settle here. The city, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, plays an important role in car manufacturing today, because the BMW factory has been here since 1992, and you can visit it on a guided tour. There is also the opportunity to put your driving skills to the test on racetracks in the BMW Experience Center. BMW Plant, 1400 Highway 101 South Greer, SC 29651, www.bmwgroup-werke.com/spartanburg/plant-tours. Learn more: discoversouthcarolina.com/historic-sites-to-explore

The GOLF paradise of South Carolina
Golfers get their money’s worth in South Carolina, because hardly anywhere else is there a larger and, above all, better offer than here. One of the top golfing regions is Hilton Head Island. There are a total of 22 world class golf courses located directly on the island. In addition, there are a further 11 golf courses around a 40-minute drive away. All

Golf courses rank among the very best – three of them are among the top 100 in the whole USA: one of them is Harbor Town Golf Links, the venue of the annual renowned RBC Heritage tournament with the world’s best golfers. Here too, on the 18th hole of the Harbor Town Golf Links, you have a full view of the red and white lighthouse. www.seapines.com/harbour-town-golf

The second top golfing region is Myrtle Beach : There are more than 100 golf courses in the region. Many of them are connected to hotels, are in the immediate vicinity or can be reached in just 45 minutes by car. Beginners and advanced surfers alike are welcome at Myrtle Beach. Some of the golf courses were designed by famous players. Pawleys Plantation is just one of many attractive golf courses. (Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, 70 Tanglewood Dr, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585, www.pawleysplantation.com )

For more information about South Carolina, visit the tourist board’s website discoversouthcarolina.com

SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
1205 Pendleton Street Columbia, SC 29201

South Carolina Sightseeing