Wednesday, February 4, 2009
South Carolina's beautiful scenery extends from the rolling hills of the Upcountry to the glistening lakes of the midlands and the wide, white sandy beaches of the 320km (200-mile) Atlantic coastline. The state has 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 a popular tourist destination and site of the first permanent English settlement. Myrtle Beach, a popular resort city famous for its golf, is centred on the sun-drenched 95km (60-mile) stretch of coastline on the northern border. Hilton Head, a narrow, barrier island, has 20km (12 miles) of beautiful beaches, unspoilt forest, world-class golf courses, tennis resorts, and a relaxed, laid back lifestyle.