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Moving to South Carolina: 5 Attractions to Help You Call the State Home

It’s scary moving to a new place, especially when you aren’t familiar with your surroundings or not from the South. Moving to South Carolina? There are so many reasons to love the Palmetto State. From natural beauty to coastal cuisine (did someone say shrimp and grits?), literary legacies and, of course, beaches, you’ll be glad to call this Southern state home.

Check out these five attractions and settle into your new home state:

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach isn’t a regular beach and you may not want to live there, but you’ll definitely want to visit. There are also plenty of things to do besides relaxing in the sun and swimming in the ocean. You can take a ride on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, a huge Ferris wheel with panoramic views. You can also go to the Apache Pier, which is the longest pier on the East Coast and the perfect place for those who love to fish.

There are shopping centers, dining areas, games and even an aquarium. If you’re considering buying a house on the beach, make sure you have home insurance living in South Carolina.

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head is another beach destination you can enjoy while living in South Carolina. Like Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of activities if you’re not a beach person. Hilton Head is known for its golf courses, restaurants and shopping. In addition, Hilton Head Island has amazing bike trails. You can cruise on safe paths while enjoying the beautiful scenery—and even bike on the beach.

Harbour Town is located on this island, where you’ll find the Harbour Town Lighthouse. It has a museum and is a scenic spot to hold a wedding.

Congaree National Park

Dwarf palmettos at Congaree from Flickr Creative Commons

Located in the heart of South Carolina, Congaree National Park is perfect for those who love the outdoors. If you like to hike, exploring this national park will make you glad to call South Carolina home.
Congaree National Park famously houses the United States’ largest old-growth forest. This vital habitat provides homes for many types of wildlife, such as deer, bobcats and armadillos.

In addition to hiking, you can also kayak and canoe on the beautiful Congaree River.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia is home to more than 350 species and over 2,000 animals. You can see lions, zebras, giraffes, ostriches and baboons in the African Plains exhibit, all living in imitation of their natural habitats. You can also view these exotic animals as if you were on an actual safari.

Along with the African Plains exhibit, the zoo also has the Ndoki Forest, which houses meerkats, elephants, gorillas, Komodo dragons and Siberian tigers. In this area, the animals are organized by their native continents. For example, grizzly bears and sea lions will be present in the North American part of the forest.

After viewing these majestic animals, you can have fun on the ziplines or explore the botanical garden.

Columbia Museum of Art

Image courtesy of Experience Columbia

If you’re not so fond of the outdoors, there are many museums you can visit in South Carolina, such as the Columbia Museum of Art. Here, you can view pieces of art from over 25 galleries. There is an impressive collection from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, in particular. Schedule a guided tour to get the full experience.

There are other places to visit in South Carolina, but these are just suggestions to get you started on your journey to living in the Palmetto State. You’ll be happy and proud to call South Carolina your new home after you visit these interesting attractions.

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