South Carolina! The sister state of North Carolina – maybe, we don’t know really but we do know they are equally as beautiful in their own unique way. We were surprised to see so many beaches in South Carolina as well as all the attractions they have ON the beaches – Myrtle Beach is practically a small California! There are so many plantations here and gardens as well as hidden tree houses you can sleep in – South Carolina is an adventure waiting to happen!
1. Explore Congaree National Park
The nicest thing about Congaree National Park, is that it features the last major stand of bottom land hardwood trees that have not been damaged by human development. The rich biodiversity of this park is truly worth seeing! It’s a wonderful way to be at one with nature as a boardwalk takes you through a section of the park where you can see the tupelo’s, bald cypresses and many other specie of tree.
2. Find The Angel Oak Tree
This legendary tree stands over 60 ft tall and massively attracts spectators from all over the state and it’s easy to see why. The size of the tree and it’s various curves and angles is profoundly beautiful, mystical and spiritual.
3. Visit The Boone Hall Plantation & Garden
This famous house was featured in the Notebook – the very romantic movie starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling (if you haven’t seen it, what planet are you from and rent it right now) but it’s even more famous from the past long before that movie setting even took place. This historic plantation was founded by John Booth in 1681 and even today still has a working farm. If you want a better idea of slavery this beautiful plantation will give you a good presentation of that history. Several slave cabins still stand and they are open for tours. A very humbling experience indeed.
4. Walk Among The Magnolia Plantations & Gardens
The Magnolia Plantation and Garden has been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by the Travel + Leisure Magazine and is the only garden honored with this distinction in the State of South Carolina! Founded in 1676, these gardens are the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. Come and take a gander around!
5. Enjoy The Twin Falls In Pickens County
Located on Reedy Cove Creek, The Twin Falls is a beautiful site to see. It requires very little hiking to get there and once you are there you can easily spend an hour just sitting nearby and enjoying the sight and sound of this gorgeous waterfall.
6. Find The Edisto River Treehouses By Canoe
The largest Private Wildlife Refuge on the Edisto River in only accessible by canoe, offering guests unparalleled privacy and stunning views from world-class tree-houses.
7. Relax On Folly Beach
The pier is one of the prettiest sights here at Folly Beach! Walking the pier around sunset lets you literally walk out onto the water to view the skies changing colors. There is also the lighthouse that can be seen and it really is a must do while your out here. You can also view plenty of people enjoying the water, wind surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding! You yourself can hit the water or rent a bike and cruise the town! There are plenty of souvenir shops and restaurants downtown – grab a bite to eat and something to remember this place.
8. Enjoy The Festivities On Myrtle Beach
If you want a bird’s-eye view of Myrtle Beach, jump aboard the Skywheel! The gondola’s are spacious and temperature-controlled so it is very comfortable and the views are stunning! You can also spend time at the “Broadway” where it is pretty much a lively populated walking area with many specialty shops. A wonderful place to shop and eat and enjoy the company around you! Here you can find several boutiques, a great choice of restaurants, The Palace Theatre, Wax Museum, Grand Prix and helicopter adventures are also on site! Great way to spend your day!
9. Discover Fort Sumter National Monument
History buffs – this one is for you! Ride the boat to Fort Sumter and learn about the great history that took place here! An interesting thing about this fort is in addition to its role at the commencement of the American Civil War, the fort was heavily bombarded by Union artillery as part of the effort to seize Charleston harbor in 1864. As a result, the walls of the fort are only about half the size that they were originally. Also, a museum on the grounds contains the original flag that flew over Fort Sumter in April 1861. WOW!
10. Hike Up To Raven Cliff Falls
An amazing waterfall – and the tallest one in this woodsy state! The trail begins as a gravel road as it gradually descends into the forest. Raven Cliff Falls is the most visited waterfall in South Carolina and once you arrive at the overlook you will know why! Matthews creek plunges 420 ft over the side of Raven Cliff Mountain! It’s truly a spectacle!