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5 Guides to Palmetto State Staycations

Ah, summer! Visions of sweet tea and lemonade soaked afternoons, lazy days spent floating down one of our rivers, camping, fireflies, s'mores, sprinklers, and vacation. Alas, summer is also busy and some of us may only have time for one or two day trips or a weekend away. If you're looking for something new, why not check out one of these guides to interesting places in the Palmetto State?


South Carolina Curiosities by Lee Davis Perry
Alexis Says: Great guide to unique, kitschy, fun, and unusual places in South Carolina.
Amazon Says: The definitive collection of South Carolina's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for South Carolina residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor an more...
Amazon Says: The definitive collection of South Carolina's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for South Carolina residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist. less...
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Alexis Says: Walking tours of 25 South Carolina towns.
Amazon Says: South Carolina has towns that were founded by the British, towns that were founded by the Irish, towns that were founded by the French. South Carolina has towns built in the m more...
Amazon Says: South Carolina has towns that were founded by the British, towns that were founded by the Irish, towns that were founded by the French. South Carolina has towns built in the mountains, towns built on a great ocean, towns built on great rivers. South Carolina has towns built on cotton, towns built on timber, towns built railroads, towns built as resorts. There is no better way to see South Carolina towns than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a self-guided walking tour. A walking tour can be many things. Interested in heritage tourism? Looking for an educational day trip for the kids? Need a fun exercise plan? Want to find subjects to take great pictures? Whether you are visiting a new town or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a South Carolina walking tour from walkthetown.com is ready to explore when you are. Each of the 27 walking tours in LOOK UP, SOUTH CAROLINA! describes a mix of historical, architectural, cultural and ecclesiastical landmarks. Street addresses and step-by-step directions lead the way. A quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on South Carolina's streets is included. So look twice before crossing the street and get out and look up, South Carolina! less...
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Alexis Says: A guide for those fascinated by the paranormal.
Amazon Says: Journey through haunted theaters in historic North and South Carolina! Learn history behind-the-scenes and meet the ghosts inhabiting the stages. The father of John Wilkes Boo more...
Amazon Says: Journey through haunted theaters in historic North and South Carolina! Learn history behind-the-scenes and meet the ghosts inhabiting the stages. The father of John Wilkes Booth moves objects at the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, and a ghost at ImaginOn in Charlotte calls out visitors' names. Discover the origin of superstitions surrounding the theatrical worldwhy it's good luck to wish someone to "break a leg," and what a "ghost light" is really for! From some of the oldest haunted spots in North America, read about the Lost Colony on North Carolina's Outer Banks where a disembodied voice whispers for visitors not to be afraid, and brand-new buildings like the ImaginOn in Charlotte. These stories are proof that not all the spooky characters and effects in these theaters appear on the stage. less...
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Alexis Says: Who doesn't love taking their best furry friend on a hike? This guide tells you where you and your pooch are allowed.
Amazon Says: "This is one of those little guidebooks that's so useful, you're amazed nobody published one before. Entries cover admission fees, directions, "dog friendliness" and fun facts more...
Amazon Says: "This is one of those little guidebooks that's so useful, you're amazed nobody published one before. Entries cover admission fees, directions, "dog friendliness" and fun facts to make the trek more amusing. (Example: Robert Harrill, the Fort Fisher hermit, always had a dog by his side -- usually, several.) Gelbert offers useful tips for the novice hiker (around here, watch out for ticks, copperheads and the occasional alligator), tips for introducing a landlubber dog to the ocean (check with the lifeguards on local water conditions; dogs are easy targets for jellyfish and sea lice), plus an up-to-date rundown on current local regulations. (No dogs on Wrightsville Beach from April till October -- try the nearby Loop instead.) For locals, Doggin' offers some intriguing suggestions of nearby spots to explore: the nature trails at Oakhurst Nature Park, at the end of Riverbend Road up in Jacksonville, N.C., for instance, or Huntington Beach State Park, with nature trails, the Huntington family's replica Moorish castle, Atalaya to explore (with its own kennels), plus the Brookgreen Gardens sculpture park nearby." --Wilmington Star-News - the Voice of Southeastern North Carolina Places where you won't be able to wipe the wag off your dog's tail... Have you ever considered how far you walk with your dog? If you walk just 15 minutes a day you will have walked far enough in your dog's lifetime to cross the United States. With all that walking ahead of you, aren't you ready for a new place to take a hike with your dog? The Carolina coasts can be a great place to hike with your dog. Paw-friendly sand trails, shady maritime forests, some of the most historic grounds in the South, the estates of America s wealthiest families and some of the country s dog-friendliest beaches all beckon to your canine adventurer. DOGGIN' THE CAROLINA COASTS explores the region's top trails with your best friend in mind... Where can your dog hike through a movie set from Forrest Gump? (page 21) Where can your dog hike to mysterious Carolina Bays? (page 69) Where can you hike with your dog to the home of the Fort Fisher Hermit? (page 33) No Dogs! Is there any more dispiriting day for a dog owner than driving to a new park and encountering the dreaded "NO DOGS" sign? DOGGIN' THE CAROLINA COASTS tells you the parks that don't welcome dogs. Also packed inside these 124 pages are... ...rules for dogs on Atlantic Ocean beaches ...Carolina coast campgrounds for dogs ...tips on outfitting your dog for a hike ...tips on practicing low impact hiking with your dog ...and much more What makes a great place to take your dog hiking? Well, how about a paw-friendly surface to trot on? Grass and sandy soil are a lot more appealing than asphalt and rocks. A variety of hikes is always good - long ones for athletic dogs and short ones for the less adventurous canine. Dogs always enjoy a refreshing place to swim as well. For dog-friendly parks our guides describe the trail options for your dog, evaluate park traffic from other users, tell you whether you will need a guide dog to find your way around and, of course, tell you how to get to the park. While walking the dog around the Carolina coasts, we bring along generous helpings of local history, botany, geology, architecture and more. So what are you waiting for? Your dog will want to visit a 4,000-year old shell midden (page 31), hunt for Fulgurites (page 29), hike among insectivorous plants (page 37)... less...
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Alexis Says: Tired from all that trekkin'? Ever wanted to know where to find the best eats in SC? Look no further than this guide by Sandlapper's Aida Rogers!Amazon
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    Clemson University Tourism Institute's Guide to SC Native American History, Sites, Festivals, and Programs
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