Discover South Carolina and enjoy the cuisine, history and charm of the Southern United States.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east, South Carolina is as varied in its relief as in its attractions and activities. The state is divided into three regions. The northern part of the state, centered around Greenville, a growing city, is popular for its outdoor activities and quaint mountain villages. The Midlands (Piedmont) is home to Columbia, the state capital, known for its year-round summer weather. The South Carolina coast includes historic little jewelery like Charleston and Fort Sumter, as well as golf courses and heavenly beaches, including Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach.
Wherever you go in this state, South Carolina is steeped in the history of the United States. It was at Fort Sumter near Charleston that the first shots of the American Civil War were traded in April 1861. Four years later, Confederate President Jefferson Davis acknowledged his defeat at the Burt-Stark Mansion in Abbeville.
History buffs will be delighted to discover Charleston, a scenic city founded in 1670 and voted the # 1 city in the United States by Travel + Leisure magazine for five consecutive years, and # 1 in the world in 2016. In addition, along the coast, you will discover the history and culture of the Gullah, descendants of African slaves who have historically inhabited the Lowcountry and have developed a distinct culture and language still preserved today.
Nowadays while the city maintains its traditional look, it is also booming with new construction and renovation projects. That makes the local Charleston roll-off rentals busy as there is a lot of cleaning up going on. As the residents like to keep the city clean and tidy, waste management has to be run smoothly, for the benefit of all visitors.
The taste of life
Impossible to visit South Carolina without having some mouth watering sensations. At a beachfront restaurant, savor the freshly caught seafood from this oceanfront state, which also includes dozens of lakes and rivers. Share with the locals a Low country boil, a traditional dish consisting of a generous mix of shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn cooked to perfection and served in a dish garnished directly at the table. Help yourself! Do not forget the barbecue! There are four different sauces to try: vinegar and pepper, mustard, light tomato sauce and thick tomato sauce at more than 200 grilling restaurants across the state.
Golf and beach on the program
Bring your clubs, because South Carolina and its 360 golf courses will allow you to satiate your passion all year long. You are sure to find land, no matter where and when you visit, but the best greens in the state are usually concentrated along the coast. Remarkably, the Ocean Course Golf Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of four national courses that have hosted all the major PGA events and is consistently ranked among the top courses in the world.
If you are more sandcastles than quicksand, the 301 kilometers of coastline that South Carolina offers are worth a visit. Families tend to congregate at Hilton Head Island, which offers a wide selection of bike lanes and delightful white-sand beaches, as well as Myrtle Beach, home to affordable beachfront resorts and boardwalk attractions. Walkers can also visit more private sites such as Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and Kiawah Island.