S. Carolina Travel Destinations

CHARLESTON: Founded and settled by English colonist in 1670, Chaleston grew from a colonial seaport to a wealthy city by the mid-eighteenth century. Though the mid-nineteenth century, Charleston's econamy prospered due to its busy seaport and the cultivation of rice, cotton, and indigo. In April of 1861, Confederate soldiers fired on Union-occupied Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, thus signaling the beginning of the Civil War, Charleston was slow to recover from the devastation of the war. However, its pace of recovery became the foudation of the citys greatest asset- its vast inventory of historically significant architecture. Short on capital after the war, Charleston was forced to repair its existing damaged buildings instead of replacing them. After the war, the city gradually lessened its dependence on agriculture and rebuilt its economy through trade and industry. Construction of the Navy Yard in 1904, just north of the City's boundries, pushed Charleston vigorously into the twentieth century. During the first few decades of the 1900's, industrial and port activities increased dramatically. Later, major sources of capital came from the Charleston Naval Base, the area's medical industry and the tourism industry. This is a city full of History and charm and welcomes all with open arms and Southern smiles. Info: www.charlestoncvb.com  or 800-774-0006
FORT SUMTER NATIONAL MONUMENT: Fort Sumter National Monument incorporates several sites around Chaleston Harbor, which tell the unique stories of the people and places that shaped the United States of America. Confederate forces fired the first shots of the Civil War upon Fort Sumter at 4:30 am. on April 12, 1861. The roots of the conflict are buried deep within the stories of the development of the United States. Fort Sumter would continue to serve as a focal point in Charleston throughout the Civil War. Sullivan's Island has long served as Chaleston Harbors first line of defence against disease or foreign invasion. Quarantine stations checked every person that came into the harbor, including enslaved Africans. Later a palmetto log for was built by Colonel Moultrie and the Second South Carolina Infantry. This fort came to be known as Fort Moultrie, and was replaced and modified as technology and warfare changed through the mid-twentieth century. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square sits on the site of Gadsdens Wharf, where hundreds of enslaved Africans were brought into the United States, Today the site interprets the causes and catalyst of the Civil War and the results of that war on a nation.
Info: www.nps.gov/fosu or 843-883-3132   
PATRIOTS POINT NAVAL & MARITIME MUSEUM: Home of the USS Yorktown; Patriots Point Naval & Meritime Museum, only five minutes from downtown Charleston, is home to the aircraft carrier USS YORKTOWN, WWII's "FIGHTING LADY". The museum also includes the destroyer "Laffey", the submarine "Clamagore", a recreation of a Vietnam Naval Support Base and a Marine fire Artillery Base, 28 Historic Military Aircraft, The Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Museum, numourous displays and exhibits. Climb aboard the Navy flight simulator for a five-minute
ride on an F/A-18 in flight. A free vistor guide and map are provided for self guided tours and audio tours are availible for purchase. Physically disabled visitors can access the hanger bays and flight deck via elevator and also view a vidio tour of the aircraft carrier Yorktown.
Info: www.patriotspoint.org
MYRTLE BEACH: Oppertunities for thhe perfect vacation are endless in Myrtle Beach, from relaxing on the shore to a variety of shopping, thrilling rides, exciting attractions and sizzling nightlife. A sophistcated cultural scene brings it all together, making Myrtle Beach a sought after vacation destination for everyone. For beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, take a leisurely stroll down the Oceanfront Boardwalk, and for a panaramic view from 200-feet above sea level, enjoy a ride on the new Myrtle Beach Skywheel. Visit Myrtl Beaches aquarium or see what a 70-mph hurricane wind feels like at Wonder Works, the new interactive museum. For those who love to be active, Mrytle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park offer Maritime forest and unspoiled beachfront for camping, hiking,biking and nature programs. Art lovers will enjoy a visit to the areas art museum, located a stone's throw from the ocean and features world-class exhibits year round. Myrtle Beach nightlife is another adventure to explore, with comody clubs, music from country to disco, and dancing to every beat. Exciting dinner shows featuring pirates and medieval knights are destined to be the night the entire family will never forget. Info: www.visitmyrtlebeach.com or
HILTON HEAD ISLAND: Hilton Head Island may only be 12 miles by 5 miles wide, but you'll find everything you need here for the ultimate Island retreat. Enjoy days basking in the sun, sand and surf of some of the best beaches in the country. Get into the swing of things at your choice of 24 world-class golf courses and 350 tennis courts, embark on a culinary journey at one of over 250 restaurants, or simply walk your way to a new outdoor adventure. Experience all that we have to offer on Hilton Head Island, the most family- friendly destination in the world.
Info: www.hiltonheadisland.org
BEAUFORT: Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, one of the largest Sea Islands along the Southwest Atlantic Coast. It is one of only a handful of U.S. towns that has had its entire downtown designated an historic district by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, filled with mansions built by the wealthy plantation owners before the Civil War, Beaufort was one of the only Southern towns chosen to be occupied by Union troops, rather than destroyed. More than 50 historic structures have been identified in Beaufort, including many lovely private homes that have been beautifully restored and are now availible to veiw via professionally-guided walking, bus, or horse-drawn carriage tours. Art galleries, antique shops and modern boutiques dot the entire downtown and uptown walking districts, along with fine dining and quick eateries,
Info: www.beaufortsc.org or 843-525-8500
HUNTING ISLAND STATE PARK: Hunting Island is S.C. single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year. Also attracted to the semi-tropical barrier island is an array of wildlife, ranging from loggerhead sea turtles to painted buntings, barracudas to sea horses, alligators, pelicans, dolphins and deer. What they all enjoy is five miles of beach, thousand acre's of marsh, tidal creeks and maritime forest, a saltwater logoon and ocean inlet. Adding to the natural history of the big park is a piece of man-made history; South Carolina's only publicly accessible historic Lighthouse. Dating from the 1870's the Hunting Island Lighthouse shoots 132.5 feet into the air, giving thise who scale its heights a breathtaking view of the sweeping low country marshland and the Atlantic ocean. Info: www.southcarolinaparks.com/huntingisland
or 843-838-2011
COLUMBIA: Columbia SC. area attractions are very easy to find lying at the confluence of three rivers just downstream from a 50,000-acre recreational lake. Enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine per year, visitors can expect Columbia and the surrounding communities to offer an exciting variety of year-round attractions to explore. You'll find fascinating historical and cultural attractions, a world class zoo, outdoor recreation, festivals, parks, and sporting events. Info: www.columbiacvb.com or 803-545-0002
COWPENS NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK:  Jauary 17, 1781, took placein the latter part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and of the Revolution itself, it became known as the turning point of the war in the south, part of a chain of events leading to Patriot Victory at Yorktown. The Cowpens victory was won over a crack British Regular Army and brought together strong Armies and Leaders who made their mark on history. Info: www.nps.gov/cowp
GREENVILLE: Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville has combined traditional Southern charm, stunning natural beauty and contemporary cool. From our one-of-a-kind shops to unique dining options, quaint galleries to outdoor adventures galore, Greenville offers something sure to put a smile on every face. While there's no app for happiness, there is a place for it, Welcome to Greenville.