Cape Romain: Home of Wildlife Wonders

A visit to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is a reminder of the fragility and wondrousness of the natural surroundings of the Lowcountry. The refuge is home to a diverse community of wildlife, and it manages and protects the ecosystems and industries that are vital to South Carolina. Bird Refuge: Established in 1932 as a…

Romance by the Sea: Charleston

Romance is in the air in charming Charleston, South Carolina! The perfect destination for couples looking for a weekend where they can enjoy each other as they explore this captivating city. A consistent winner in travel surveys, Charleston was again selected as the #1 city to visit by readers of Travel & Leisure magazine. We…

Rock Hill, SC

With a rich history and genuine southern hospitality, the Rock Hill area offers a day trip full of stops to learn of its fascinating past. And just 70 miles up I-26. Historic Brattonsville: This 778-acre Revolutionary War site and living history museum examines how people lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. See presentations by…

Day Trippin’: Landrum, SC

Nestled at the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Landrum is the “Gateway to North Carolina and South Carolina.” Residents and visitors alike enjoy drives along Landrum‘s scenic roads, strolling through the many antique and specialty shops, and dining in its charming eateries.   Downtown Shopping: For treasure hunters and collectors, Landrum…

Sullivan’s Island, SC

Sullivan’s Island, SC Visit Fort Moultrie National Monument: With the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and Charleston Harbor on the other, this fort has a rich history as it was in continuous use by the Army for coastal defense for 171 years. Having been restored to reflect the major periods of history, a visitor to…

Day Trip: Edgefield, SC

Edgefield, SC A beautiful, bustling town that is only a little over a one hour drive from Columbia – the perfect distance for a great day trip. Known for its pottery production. Tompkins Memorial Library is the official visitors center of Edgefield. The Welcome Center provides maps, books, and souvenirs, as well as information about businesses, services,…

Waterfall Fun! Walhalla, SC

Walhalla, SC About two hours and 30 minutes from Columbia, this little gem of a town has so much to offer and is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and local history. During the months of October and November, fall foliage is the star attraction, and these places will have you falling for them: Stumphouse Tunnel Park:…

Experience a piece of history: Georgetown, SC

Georgetown, SC Located between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, Georgetown offers visitors history, natural beauty and well-preserved homes dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Lighthouse Shell Island Tour + Plantation River Tour: Cap’n Rod’s Lowcountry Tours is one company in Georgetown that offers these two fascinating, fun tours. On the Lighthouse Shell Island Tour…

A Walk in the Garden…

Pearl Fryer Topiary Garden Go to a place that’s whimsical, educational and inspiring! Located in Bishopville, the Pearl Fryer Topiary Garden contains over 300 individual plants, complemented by Pearl’s “junk art” sculptures that are placed throughout. With no previous topiary experience, Pearl Fryar started work on his garden in the early 1980s. In 1985, Pearl…

Sweet Summerville

Summerville, SC Summerville is a favorite day trip destination for folks looking for history, beautiful homes and azalea gardens galore, antique-shopping and exceptional dining! Take I-26 east to Exit 199A (1.5 hours from Columbia). Explore the Public Sculpture Collection: Beautiful sculptures of animals (frogs, foxes, dogs, herons, hippos, and otters), children, adults, and fantasy sculptures…