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Top Ten Destination Spots in South Carolina

Updated on August 10, 2015

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10. Golf Courses

South Carolina is full of golf courses. As a matter of fact; everywhere you go will probably have access to a golf course or at least fine one nearby.

Some popular golf courses include; Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, Harbor Town Golf Link in Hilton Head, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, Dunes Golf and beach Club and Kiawah Island Golf Resort. South Carolina is a golfer’s delight.

For those who want to learn golf who don't already play, there are instructors as well as golf simulators and now days even video game consoles offer golf games.

The real game usually has different types of clubs however; playing on the Xbox Kinect, Nintendo Wii or any other interactive game console can be a lot of fun and still get the same feel as if you were playing.

Of course, you wont get the same effects of the beauty of the outdoors surrounding you like you would on an actual golf course.

Isle of Palms


9. Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms was originally settled by the Seewee Native Americans and has plenty of history

. With beachfront homes, resorts and restaurants Isle of Palms has been a popular destination spot since the 19th century and getting to this beautiful Island could only be by ferry.

Catch the Barrier Island Eco-Tours which take you to islands around the area and offer different types of tours. One tour takes the boat to Caper Island and some tours even offer a camp out there.

Fishing, beaches and golf are the main allure to this beautiful area. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally and Isle of Palms is located eleven miles from Charleston.

Why not grab your flip flops and a book, and relax on the beach while listening to the sounds in the waves as they come rolling in.

Isle of Palms in the Morning

Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms | Source

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8. Rose Hill Plantation House Museum

The Rose Hill Plantation House and Museum is on the National Register of Historical Places and holds plenty of Civil War history.

The oak trees on this beautiful land are centuries old and this area also offers spectacular view of the Colleton River. The lands of the Rose Hill Plantation are full of all kinds of wildlife.

This historical home was home to former Secession Governor, William Henry Gist. William Henry Gist was elected not to long after Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States.

The grounds at Rose Hill is home to gardens full of roses and offers a sense of elegance as well.

Close to the Tyger River, Rose Hill offers trails that lead right to this popular river. The Rose Hill Plantation host many events including weddings and receptions. These events are available for booking all year round.

Rose Hill Plantation House Museum

Rose Hill House
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Lake Moultrie


7. Lake Marion

Located in Santee, South Carolina, Lake Marion is the largest lake in South Carolina and part of the Santee Cooper Reservoir.

It offers fishing and boating, along with trails, museums, restaurants’ and shops.

It also has an award winning golf course that is an attraction to avid golfers or casual golfers.

There are even historical battlegrounds in the area.

Lake Marion is also home to the Lake Marion Resort which offers furnished waterfront cabins and cottages for rent.

There are also campgrounds available in the area as well as lodging.

Lake Marion is connected to Lake Moultrie by locks. If you like water sports or just a relaxing day in the sun.

Lake Marion as well as Lake Moultrie are where to go.

A bridge crossing over Lake Marion

Lake Marion
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Drayton Hall Interior


6. Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall is full of large old oak trees. Because of the hallow trunks it is hard to tell how old these trees are but historical pictures prove that these trees were mature when the Drayton Hall was built.

Inside Drayton Hall are many beautiful rooms, one of which has a decorative ceiling dating back to Civil War.

The basement was used as a working space and prior to the Civil War, enslaved men and women were often seen doing daily household tasks.

The grounds have witnessed history throughout the years including; The Revolutionary War, plantation life and The Civil War.

A recent discovery proved that The Privy housed a drain system that flushed the waste from beneath the seat into ditches that lead to the Ashley River. This is very similar to the way the ancient Romans set up their flush system.

Drayton Hall also has preserved collections of the Drayton family throughout the years.

Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall
Drayton Hall | Source

Hilton Head


5. Hilton Head

Hilton Head not only has 25 golf courses, it also offers water sports, tennis, kayaking and biking. For those of us who would rather have more of a relaxing trip; the beaches and the spas are where it is at.

Hilton Head also has zip lines and boat tours available. Hilton Head houses the endangered loggerhead turtles.

The Coastal Discovery Museum offers late night turtle watches and while out on the watch, you most likely will see a bottle nosed dolphin swimming along the side of the boat.

This is also a popular area for bird watching.

Close by is the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. This is where you will see salt marshes, forestland, brush land and fresh water ponds. There are American Alligators in this wildlife refuge along with deer, birds and other animals.

Audubon Newhall Preserve is another scenic area in Hilton Head which offers hiking trails with resting benches throughout the woods. There are ponds and wetlands as well as a boardwalk.

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head
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Congaree National Park

4. Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park is an old hardwood forest and designated wilderness area. It is also an important bird area and National Natural Landmark.

It offers places to camp, kayak, canoe and bird watch. This scenic park is full of all kinds of wildlife which include; armadillo, deer, feral pigs and dogs, alligators, snakes and much more.

There are also many hiking trails as well as places to fish.Congaree National Park houses many different species of fish. It is also the home of the largest loblolly pines alive today.

The beauty of Congaree National Park is breathtaking and the views of the flora and fauna are camera worthy. This beautiful park also offers programs about the park with educational walking tours and even canoe tours.

This National Natural Landmark is an important area for birds and attract bird watchers from all over. Make sure to pack a lunch before you go to Congaree National Park since there are no concessions, booths or any other kind of eateries.

This is a great place to picnic and take in the views.

Weston Lake at Congaree National Park

Weston Lake
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Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge


3. Charleston

Charleston is full of so much history.

One of the most well-known historical places is Fort Sumter which is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

There is also a monument at Fort Sumter.

Charleston also has Revolutionary War history being the site of the first British invasion in 1776.

Another place to visit in Charleston is the Old Exchange building and Provost Dungeon.

This historical building served as a jail during the revolution and has other history it is involved in as well.

Don’t forget the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge which will offer tremendous views of the Cooper River.

Charleston also offers plenty of places to shop and dine as well as places to relax and take it easy.

Fort Sumter Monument

By National Park Service Digital Image Archives [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By National Park Service Digital Image Archives [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Beautiful Exchange and Provost


2. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Established in 1679, the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been in the same family for 300 years and still is today.

On this land stand the mansion and many different cabins and gardens.

There are five cabins and they all have history. There is slavery to freedom tour available in which you will be shown these structures and their uses.

You will also learn the history of the plantation and gardens.

Rice cultivation is part of the plantations history and the plantation and gardens were opened to the public in 1870.

Magnolia Plantation Pond Area

Magnolia Plantation Pond Area
Magnolia Plantation Pond Area | Source

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk


1. Myrtle Beach

Boredom is not possible in Myrtle Beach; there is so much to do. This is my attempt to squeeze in just some of the things Myrtle Beach has to offer.

There are many amusement parks in the area along with water parks to choose from.

The banana boat rides have become popular and is basically a giant blown up plastic bananas that fit a group of people on it.

With over 100 golf courses; Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise.

The Ripleys attractions are the perfect places for the whole family. The Ripleys Aquarium, Haunted Adventure, Ripleys Believe it or not and a 4D moving theater are all part of the Ripleys Attractions.

Soar and Explore is a zip line and rope course which put you 50 feet over the water and is a great place to take a group of friends.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach
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A road map to get around South Carolina

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A markerIsle of Palms -
Isle of Palms, SC, USA
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B markerLake Marion -
Lake Marion, South Carolina, USA
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C markerHarbor Island SC -
Harbor Island, South Carolina 29920, USA
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D markerHilton Head -
Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
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E markerCongaree National Park -
Congaree National Park, Hopkins, SC 29052, USA
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F markerCharleston -
Charleston, SC, USA
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G markerMyrtle Beach -
Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
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H markerFort Sumter -
Fort Sumter National Monument, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
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    • April Dawn Meyer profile image

      April Dawn Meyer 4 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

      Thanks a bunch :)

    • jabelufiroz profile image

      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Well written hub on Destination Spots in South Carolina. Voted up.