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Folly Beach is a 12-square-mile barrier island along the South Carolina coast that offers shopping, nightlife and dining as well as traditional beach activities like fishing, surfing and kayaking. The town calls itself “one of America’s last true beach towns,” offering a unique, laid-back culture to visitors.
Tanger Outlet Charleston
More than 70 retailers offer brand-name clothing for a discount at the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston. The mall also includes houseware and dining retailers.
H.L. Hunley Submarine
The H.L. Hunley made its debut in the Confederate arsenal in 1863. Though all three of its voyages ended in disaster—with three separate sinkings claiming 21 lives—on its final mission, it demonstrated the enormous potential of undersea warfare, becoming the first submerged vessel to sink an enemy ship. It was raised from the depths in 2000 and is available for tours near the Charleston Harbor.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Founded in 1676, Magnolia Plantation is the oldest tourist site in the Charleston area, and the gardens, which date to 1870, are the oldest public gardens in America. Visitors are welcome 365 days a year for self-guided enjoyment or on one of eight guided tours.