The U.S. state of South Carolina is situated in the southeast part of the country with a coastline to the Atlantic Ocean. South Carolina shoreline is the state’s major attraction, especially the area of the Grand Strand, composed of coastal cities and over 60 miles of wonderful beaches. Charleston, a famous port city, is known for its historic sites while other urban areas such as Myrtle Beach, are mainly holiday resorts. The islands just off the coast are also worth a visit such as Hunting Island, for the nature and Kiawah Island, a major golf resort.

Population: almost 5 million inhabitants

Capital: Columbia

Other major cities: Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Greenville, Hilton Head Island, Spartanburg

Main attractions: South Carolina State House, Charleston's Historic District, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Aquarium, South Carolina Plantations, Caesars Head State Parks, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Major airports: Major airports: Charleston International Airport (CHS); Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR); Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)

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