South Carolina has been rated as the home to a few of the most romantic and beautiful places in the United States. Forests, mountains, beaches and lakes, South Carolina has everything you could ever want out of a vacation destination. Here are a few things that may interest you in South Carolina before you come for a visit.

•There Are No “Really” Big Cities

The “big cities” in South Carolina are not very big, but at the same time this is what makes Greenville and Charleston such ideal, Southern treasures.

•The Sweet Teas Are Delicious

From the Chick-fil-A to a cute roadside-stop, sweet tea is one of the favorites and South Carolina has plenty. Once you have tasted one of these teas you will rarely go back to iced tea or unsweetened teas again.

•Professional Sports Versus College Sports

Everyone who lives in South Carolina is well aware that college sports are far better when compared to the professionals. When you decide to visit don’t be disturbed by the absence of the professional sports teams. In addition, the “Go Cocks”, T-shirts are not inappropriate they are all about school spirit.

•The Blue Ridge Mountains Should Be On Your List Of Things To See

Sometimes named the “secret state treasure”, these mountains can be viewed best from Caesar’s Head, Table Rock. You can also choose to take a drive following the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway that is full of lookouts.

•Grits Are The Rule

Forget about cream-of-wheat, oatmeal and cereal, in South Carolina grits is the favorite. In South Carolina grits are preferred with cheese, shrimp and loads of butter. However, if you happen to see bumper stickers on cars that say “G.R.I.T.S rule” this actually stands for “Girls Raised In The South.”

•Carolina Cup Is Ideal For “Horsing” Around

If you happen to be visiting in spring, the social calendar revolves mainly around horses. The Marsh Tacky races and Polo matches are really fun, but the Carolina Cup is the true event for “horsing” around. The Carolina Cup set in Camden has been one of South Carolina’s traditions since the year 1932. The guys sport bow ties and the ladies dress in Lilly and just about no-one really watches the race.

•The Golf Tournaments Are Fun

If you visit in the month of April, make sure you make your way to Hilton Head Island for the RBC Heritage golf tournament. Enjoy the actual golf game, and stay on to enjoy the charm that Harbour Town has to offer with a chance to enjoy drinks on the 19th Hole.

South Carolina is a very geographically different state. In the west, it is mountainous and covered in woodlands. The eastern part is made up of ocean, sand, and barrier islands. It’s amazing contrast across the state makes it something of a unique gem.

So, when people say that they are going to move here, whether to retire, or relocate, it’s important to find out the terrain so they can prepare themselves. Are they going to be in a home that’s carved out of a mountain top, along with a bunch of antiques on an old farm?

Or, are they more likely to stick with lakes and streams? Others are more interested in sand and a nice surf, and seafood. That’s part of the fun in traveling throughout or living in South Carolina.

There’s something to be said for the variety. It just makes it easier to decide between living here and living in a land locked state, or one that’s even one foot farther north (and colder).

There are also some great cities where many people like to visit and move to, such as Charleston, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, or Greenville. Each will have its own flavor, style, and things that people both love and are irked by their local government, neighbors, and the like.

Be on the lookout for each of these before settling on a new place to call home. Even a vacation can be made less appealing if you just find yourself in Myrtle Beach during, say, college spring break, when you are nearing retirement.

Always check out the local calendars before booking hotels, flights, and making finalized travel plans. Then you might just find yourself having a more peaceful vacation.

Look at who you will be traveling with as a way to decide where you want to stay, where you want to go, and how you will get there. If it’s with a lot of young kids, you might find that a townhouse is better than a motel.

Those are just a handful of considerations before heading out to any part of South Carolina for your next vacation, or place to live. Look at the weather for an idea of if you will like the typical temperatures that time of year. Some parts of the year may have particular festivals, events, and other attractions that make visits and residing in a particular place more appealing.