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South Carolina Has Splendors Of Its Own
After you've discovered North Carolina's treasures, don't forget the "Palmetto State." South Carolina offers some of the best scenic sites in the South. Myrtle Beach, for example, is ideal for relaxed afternoons on the waterfront or a romantic stroll through town; and Charleston provides a look at national monuments from horse-drawn carriage rides, and history buffs are sure to want to head to Georgetown and Columnbia, the state capital. Just take a look at some of South Carolinas many traveling possibilities:
Visitors to Myrtle Beach head straight for "The Grand Strand." This is a 60-mile stretch of white sandy beaches and endless fun along the Atlantic Coast. Popular beaches include Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach State Park, Surfside Beach, Garden City, Litchfield Beach and Cherry Grove Beach. Meanwhile, golfers can thrill to 80 championship courses and anglers can cast their lines into abundant fishing waters.
For more information on Myrtle Beach, contact the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce & Information Center at 1200 Oak St., P.O. Box 2115, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-2115; 800/356-3016.
This southern jewel is an aristocratic and historic port city offering guided tours by horse-drawn carriages, private guides or self-guided tours with audio cassette. Popular attractions in the area include Middleton Place House and Gardens, Patriots Point and the world's largest Naval and Maritime Museum. Plus, Charles Towne Landing offers guided tours aboard a tram, English gardens, miles of bike trails and walkways, as well as a colonial village where 17th-century herbs and plants are grown.
National monuments in the Charleston area range from Fort Sumter at Charleston Harbor, where the first shot of the Civil War landed (1861) to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island, which served as the bastion of security for Charleston Harbor.
For more information on Charleston, contact the Charleston Trident Convention & Visitors Bureau at 81 Mary St., P.O. Box 975, Charleston, SC 29402; 803/853-8000.
In Georgetown, time stands still in the beautiful old historic homes, churches and public buildings filling this third oldest port city in South Carolina. Places to visit include the antique-filled Kaminski House, open for tours; the Rice Museum, where you can learn about the once bountiful rice culture; and Prince George Winyah, an Anglican church established in the mid 1700s.
For more information on Georgetown, call the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce & Information Center, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, SC 29442; 803/546-8436 or 800/777-7705.
Numerous textile manufacturing plants have given Greenville the title of "Textile Center of the World." Attractions within Greenville include a zoo with more than 200 animals and the Roper Mountain Science Center, which features an observatory, Sealife Room, living history farm, Discovery Room, chemistry/physic shows and a planetarium.
Also, at Bob Jones University is the Gallery of Sacred Art and Bible Lands Museum Planetarium. This unique attraction brings science and religion together with its extraordinary collection of religious art and biblical antiquities.
For more information on Greenville, contact the Greater Greenville Convention & Visitors Bureau at P.O. Box 10527, Greenville, SC 29603; 803/242-1050.
South Carolina's capital city is in the center of everything the state has to offer: It's the seat of state government, the hub of arts, education and history, and the home of great museums, archives and libraries.
The historic State House was built in 1855 and houses the governor's office as well as the state's General Assembly. Other historic points of interest include the Cayce Historical Museum, the Fort Jackson Museum, the Governor's Mansion and the Hampton-Preston Mansion.
For more information, contact the Columbia Metropolitan Visitors Center at 1012 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201; 803/254-0479 or 800/264-4884, Ext. 1.
For more information on South Carolina, contact the South Carolina Division of Travel and Tourism at P.O. Box 71, Columbia SC 29202; 803/734-0122.