South Carolina is smaller than neighbouring North Carolina and is bordered to the south by Georgia. The SC coast boasts incredible seaside resorts that combine sandy beaches with an historical centre: the best known are Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, the most popular resort area along North America's Atlantic coast, which attracts a jaw-dropping 14 million visitors a year. Hilton Head is an island offering 12 miles of gorgeous white-sand.
But South Carolina has much more than great beaches: It has America's oldest formal landscaped garden, America's first golf course(not to mention hundreds of wonderful new ones), 200 battlefields from the War of Independence and the site where America's Civil War both began and ended.
Away from the luxury resorts and tourist centres of the coastal region South Carolina is rural and simple, dotted with sparkling lakes and lazy streams, and driving through it gives in insight of how America was decades ago.