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Three Must See Locations In South Carolina

Updated on August 3, 2013
Hilton Head Island South Carolina is a great place to visit.
Hilton Head Island South Carolina is a great place to visit.

Three Must See Locations In South Carolina

Most people living in the southeastern United States quite often overlook some great travel destinations right in their own backyards. And if you live in or close to South Carolina there are some really great travel destinations you should not overlook.

Hilton Head Island is quite often overlooked because most people think the island is to expensive to visit and enjoy. But Hilton Head Island really shouldn't be overlooked as a travel destination especially if you or other family members are into history. Because Hilton Head Island is a place rich in history and its been a travel destination all the way back to the times of the Native Americans before the Europeans even showed up. The Native Americans used to come to Hilton Head Island to eat and enjoy shellfish and there is still a huge seashell ring that you can still see to this day.

In case you want to see it the shell ring is located near the entrance to the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. The oldest man built structure on Hilton Head Island is the Baynard Mausoleum, which was built in 1846. If you want to see the Mausoleum it is located near the corner of William Hilton Parkway and Matthew Drive. Below is a photo of the old Mausoleum which was built in 1846.

Baynard Mausoleum
Baynard Mausoleum

Budget Travel To Hilton Head Island Is Quite Possible

In case you're wondering exactly where is Hilton Head Island let me tell you. Its located 90 miles south of Charleston South Carolina and 40 miles north of Savannah Georgia. Both Charleston South Carolina and Savannah Georgia are places every American should visit if you ever have the chance.

Hilton Head Island is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide and it is the largest barrier island between Long Island New York and the Bahamas. Hilton Head Island is known all over the world for its beautiful pristine beaches. Its also well known for its Spanish Moss draped oak trees. The really great thing about Hilton Head Island is that neon signs , bright street lights , and tall buildings are not allowed on Hilton Head Island so you can take a walk along the beach and see the stars at night.

And if you love playing golf then Hilton Head Island is the place for you with some of the best golf courses in the world so if you want the ultimate golf adventure be sure to check with your travel agent about Hilton Island Golf Packages.

But the beaches keep coming back to my mind. The beaches on Hilton Head Island are truly some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States and there is plenty of public accesses so that your family can enjoy the beaches of Hilton Head Island when your family travels to Hilton Head Island.

Your family can take a day trip to Hilton Head Island and enjoy the beaches and then have a picnic at one of the many public parks with picnic areas on Hilton Head Island. If you plan carefully Hilton Head Island can be enjoyed on a budget. So when you're thinking of places to go visit in South Carolina be sure to check out Hilton Head Island.

Charleston South Carolina is one of the best spots to visit in South Carolina for family fun.
Charleston South Carolina is one of the best spots to visit in South Carolina for family fun.

Charleston South Carolina is just filled with history. Some of the most interesting things to happen in the history of the United States happened here. Everything from the Confederate Submarine Hunley to the first shots fired in the American Civil War happened here. You can still visit historic Ft Sumter by boat and see exactly where the American Civil War started. 

Just south of Charleston once stood Fort Wagner on Morris Island. The 54th Massachusetts which was one of the first African American units in the American Army fought here during the American Civil War. Today all that is left of Morris Island is the Morris Island Lighthouse which is currently being restored and hopefully saved from the ocean. 

Today you and your family can take a horse drawn carriage ride around historic downtown Charleston South Carolina.
Today you and your family can take a horse drawn carriage ride around historic downtown Charleston South Carolina.
The Historic Morris Island Lighthouse in Charleston Harbor.
The Historic Morris Island Lighthouse in Charleston Harbor.

The downtown Historic section of Charleston South Carolina has all kinds of restaurants and cafes and a really great open market where you can make all kinds of great buys. If your interested in the paranormal you want to be sure to check out the Charleston Ghost Walk.You can find out all you need to know about the Charleston Ghost Walk by calling (843) 722-8687

And on the weekends it is possible to visit the Confederate Submarine Hunley and learn all about the part that the Confederate Submarine played in the American Civil War. To find out all you need to know about visiting the Hunley call 1-877-448-6539

If you plan on staying in Charleston South Carolina know that there are hotels and motels at all price ranges. You can find some really great Bed And Breakfast Inns in the downtown historic area of Charleston. To find a huge list of Charleston Motels and Hotels JUST CLICK HERE NOW.

And don't miss the barrier island Folly Beach and the beaches of Folly Beach while you are in Charleston South Carolina. You can check out everything about Folly Beach South Carolina by CLICKING HERE NOW. In case you don't know Folly Beach is the closest beach to Charleston South Carolina.

If you go to Folly Beach you can get a close look at the Morris Island Light House by going to the old Coast Guard end of the island of Folly Beach and walk out on the beach there. Just a few hundred yards away will be the Morris Island Lighthouse.

The River Banks Zoo in Columbia South Carolina is one of the best kept secrets in South Carolina.
The River Banks Zoo in Columbia South Carolina is one of the best kept secrets in South Carolina.

The River Banks Zoo In Columbia South Carolina

If you love zoo's , animals , and beautiful gardens then you need to visit the River Banks Zoo in Columbia South Carolina. You can visit the official web site of the River Banks Zoo by CLICKING HERE NOW.

The River Banks Zoo is truly one of the best kept and most beautiful Zoo's in the southeastern United States. They have one of the best collection of animals in the world and I guarantee you that you and your kids will just love the River Banks Zoo located in Columbia South Carolina.

I hope you enjoyed my Hub Page on three must see locations in South Carolina. If you live close to South Carolina why not think about planning a trip to South Carolina soon. And thanks for taking the time to read my Hub Page.

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      Leah Wells-Marshburn 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      You know, it's funny that I visited Hilton Head a few years ago and was rather disappointed. I did enjoy the beach and the area is very pretty, but for some reason, it just wasn't my cup of tea. My family enjoyed it much more than I did. I far preferred the Outer Banks area. I would have to say the Outer Banks is my absolute favorite beach area. I love the laid back lifestyle. I felt at home and truly relaxed there. I'm getting ready to click on one of your "click here now" links about Folly Beach. I'll be going to Charleston soon hopefully and want to check it out. Thank you for a very helpful, interesting hub!

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      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great hub, makes me want to start out for Hilton Head, NOW!

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Very nice Hub, another spot to put on my list when my Ship comes in!


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