South Carolina Tourism

South Carolina Tourism
The Palmetto State of South Carolina is an excellent place for a vacation or outdoor adventure. Visitors can enjoy the beach or play golf at Myrtle Beach, take part in boating and fishing on bodies of fresh water such as Lake Marion or hike on cross-state trails such as the Palmetto Trail.

Hiking and Cycling

Hikers and bikers can enjoy a variety of trails, such as the Palmetto Trail. According to, the Palmetto Trail is one of only 13 cross-state trails in the United States. Though still under construction as of 2010, 290 of its 425 miles have been completed. When finished, the trail will run from the northwestern corner of the state to the Atlantic Ocean.


South Carolina's lakes provide opportunities for boating and fishing. Lake Marion, which covers 110,000 acres is the largest lake in the state and is known for its abundance of bass and catfish. A variety of public boat ramps surround the lake.

Guided Adventures

If you prefer guided outdoor adventures such as kayaking or canoeing, guided tours and outfitters are available. One of the more challenging rivers is the Chattooga, which starts as a gentle stream but becomes more turbulent as the journey progresses.


Golfers will find over 360 courses to choose from in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach in particular is known as a golfing Mecca. According to, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Long Bay course is one of the most challenging courses in Myrtle Beach.

Cypress Gardens

Cyprus Gardens, a 175-acre botanical garden and swamp, is noted for its animal life and abundance of flowers such as azaleas and dogwoods. The Swamparium features displays of fish, reptiles and amphibians that are native to the area.

Article Written By Chris Joseph

Chris Joseph writes for newspapers and online publications, covering business, technology, health, fitness and sports. He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from York College of Pennsylvania.

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