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South Carolina Staycation: 7 Fun Things to Do While Staying Close to Home

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By    |   Friday, 27 Feb 2015 11:58 AM

For many people, a vacation means taking a trip to another state or country, but that doesn't always have to be the case, especially in South Carolina. Planning a family staycation can cost less, produce memories and uncover fun activities close to home.

Here are seven fun things to do in the state of South Carolina:

1. South of the Border: The king of interstate rest stops, Pedro's South of the Border greets weary travelers as they enter or leave South Carolina from Interstate 95. Described on the website as "America's favorite highway oasis and gateway to the southeast," SOTB has been a must-see landmark for more than 50 years. With food, lodging and the kinds of souvenirs that you can only find at a roadside "Oasis," stay for a few minutes or longer.

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2. Fort Sumter: Decades of rising tensions between the Northern and Southern states resulted in the onset of the U.S. Civil War on April 12, 1861, and Fort Sumter is where those first shots were fired. Confederates fired on the fort, located in Charleston Harbor, and took control 34 hours later. Fort Sumter Tours offers the only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter, with daily departures from Liberty Square in Charleston, or Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant.

3. Myrtle Beach: For beach lovers, this coastal city sits in the center of a continuous stretch of beach known as the Grand Strand. The constant warm climate brings an estimated 14 million people every season. Whether you rent a beach house or stay in a hotel, families on staycation can plan on spending more than one night.

4. Hilton Head Island: Hilton Head has plenty of beaches for kicking back. Beyond that, biking, hiking, fishing and kayaking are always options, or take a guided tour of the island's history. Like Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head is a haven for golf enthusiasts, with 24 championship courses.

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5. Charleston: The oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Towne, in honor of King Charles II of England. History lovers can tour Old Plantations, such as the Charleston Tea Plantation, and one of many historical museums dedicated to the Civil War and the Old South.

6. Poinsett Bridge: Built in 1820, the bridge is believed to be the state's oldest surviving bridge. The bridge was part of the State Road that connected Charleston and Columbia to the mountain settlements in North Carolina.

7. Boone Hall Plantations & Gardens: In 1743, the son of Major John Boone aligned two rows of live oak trees to form a picturesque approach to the family home. Centuries later, the sight of the interconnecting branches prompted NBC's "Daytime" to call "a must see stop on any trip to Charleston, S.C.," according to their website.

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For many people, a vacation means taking a trip to another state or country, but that doesn't always have to be the case, especially in South Carolina. Planning a family staycation can cost less, produce memories and uncover fun activities close to home.
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