South Carolina

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South Carolina

In honour of Charles II, King of England

 

Nickname: Palmetto State

State bird: Carolina Wren

State flower: Carolina Yellow Jasmine

Capital: Columbia

Time: Eastern (GMT – 5)

The State: From the rolling hills of the Upcountry to the glistening lakes of the midlands to the wide, white sandy beaches of the 320km (200-mile) Atlantic coastline, South Carolina has beautiful scenery and a rich history documented by attractive plantations and the northwestern foothills where fierce battles were fought during the Civil War.

Charleston, situated on the coast, is one of its best known tourist destinations, being the site of the first permanent English settlement.

Other State attractions include Myrtle Beach, a popular resort city famous for its golf, centred on the sun-drenched 95km (60 mile) stretch of coastline on the northern border; peaceful island resorts such as Kiawah, Seabrook and Hilton Head which has 20km (12 miles) of beautiful beaches, unspoilt forest and golf courses; and the Oconee State Park in the lush northern Upcountry.