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Historic Beaufort, South Carolina

One of your first stops should be historic Beaufort, a charming town with 500 years of history to explore. Its trademark Southern beauty is a favorite of Hollywood scouts, who've picked it for location filming Something to Talk About, Forrest Gump, The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and The Big Chill. The Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center, 1006 Bay, offers a walking map to guide you past historic mansions, churches and graveyards dating from the 1700's. Cheerful restaurants and shops dot the quaint downtown quarter beside the bay. The Center has details on horsedrawn carriage, boat, sailboat and van tours, plus information of attractions like The Beaufort Museum. It also sells tickets for performances of groups like the celebrated Hallelujah Singers.

Hunting Island State Park

Honored as one of the nation's top parks, 5000-acre Hunting Island is a natural treat and Rangers conduct varied ecology programs. If the 1859 lighthouse is open, be sure to climb atop for a panoramic view of the Sea Islands. If you fish, Hunting Island lures sea residents with an artificial reef. Paradise Pier, directly across from Fripp, expands shoreline options for anglers.

Penn Center

Missionaries founded Penn Center in 1862 on St. Helena Island to educate freed blacks. It is now a cultural and black studies center. A museum is open daily.

Parris Island

Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot which graduates nearly 18,000 recruits a year, welcomes driving tours and visits to the base museum. Ruins of French and Spanish settlements here date from the 1500's.

Hilton Head, Charleston, Savannah

These tourist meccas are easy drives - between one and two hours. If schedules permit, you might take in one of the events these cities host.

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