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South Carolina, USA — visiting The Palmetto State

South Carolina, USA -- photo: Charleston
South Carolina, USA — photo: Charleston

‘The Palmetto State’
South Carolina offers many opportunities for a visitor to spend his time and enjoy the beauty of the state. On one hand there are the white and not overcrowded sand beaches and on the other hand unspoiled nature with forests, meadows and wilderness. Of course, a major and perhaps the most popular outdoor activity next to the beaches is golf sport. South Caroline has some of the best spots in the country.

South Carolina in a nutshell

The Indians named todays South Carolina the ‘land of the hundred islands’.
Off the coast lie around 1.500 islets – on many of them the visitor can still today see large and impressive country homes which were built by well-situated landowners during the colonial time
South Carolina offers numerous possibilities with regard to leisure activities. On one hand the white sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast and on the other hand unspoiled forest landscapes and beautiful countryside.

The Whitewater Falls, two waterfalls, lure nature lover as well as a rafting or canoe trip on the Edisto River.
The non-outdoor adventurer probably enjoys more South Carolina’s reputation for having several of the best golf courses in the nation. On Hilton Head Island several of the major golf events take place.

The probably most famous beach resort is Myrtle Beach with white sandy beaches and many attractions like theme parks for the whole family.
In winter you have to book early, otherwise expect not to find a room.

The city of Charleston which evolved from the first English settlements in 1670, is today one of the nations oldest cities and has perhaps the most impressive historic district of any other town in the country.

Many of the original historic building were destroyed during the civil war and the state as a whole suffered heavily from the war but most of the original structures were restored by Charleston’s people in loving way.

Weather, Climate, Temperatures

Best time to travel
All year long. Sommers can be hot and humid, Spring and Fall are the most comfortable seasons, but, however, winters are relatively mild and pleasant.
Winter season is not suited for swimming but beaches and weather are great for long beach walks. Warm jackets are a must when packing your baggage.

State Data & Essentials

South Carolina Flag

State Name
South Carolina  – State Abbr.: SC
Statehood
23-Mai-1788
– Statehood Ranking: 8
Land Area
30,110 square miles  (77,982 qkm)
– Land Area Ranking: 40
Population
4,625,364 (2010 Census); 4,012,012 (2000 Census)
Capital
Columbia
Biggest City
Columbia
Nickname
The Palmetto State
Motto
1) “Dum Spiro Spero” (== While I Breathe I Hope);2) “Animis Opibusque Parati” (== Ready in Soul and Resource)
Highest Point
1.085 m / 3,560 ft (Sassafras Mountain)
Lowest Point
Sea Level
Daylight Saving Time: yes
Tree
South Carolina Palmetto (“Inodes Palmetto” / also: “Sabal Palmetto”) / also known as “Cabbage Palmetto”
Flower
Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
Bird
Carolina Wren
Animal
Whitetail Deer
Song
“Carolina” (by Henry Timrod, official Song, 1911);2) “South Carolina on My Mind” (by Hank Martin and Buzz Arledge, 1984)

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