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Charleston visitors can now order online at www.charlestonmuseummile.org/Tickets for such Museum Mile themed passes as Revolutionary Charleston, Charleston during the Civil War, African American Heritage and Best of Charleston Architecture.

Movie Sites of SC

Movie buffs who wonder where their favorite flicks were made in both South Carolina and North Carolina, should check out our full-blown feature story on this site. Visit Lights, Camera, Action!: Movie Sites of the Carolinas.

Gotta Go Interactive

While still providing its 80-page visitors guide in print format, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau now offers the guide online using an interactive format.

Features include a “turn” feature for users to flip through the guide's pages; zoom capability; a clickable table of contents for easier reading and navigation; clickable listings and advertisements hyperlinked to corresponding Web sites; and a print-friendly layout.

The interactive guide also has word search capability, bookmarks and the ability for web surfers to send a page to a friend. Visit the new site at www.columbiascguide.com and click on the interactive guide icon. The CVB can be reached at 803-545-0000 or visit www.columbiacvb.com. 

Allendale for Arts 

The Salkehatchie Arts Center has opened in Allendale. The center offers the works of artists from Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton and Hampton counties.

The center offers workshops for all ages. It also sells high-quality works at reasonable prices. Available are paintings, photography, jewelry, quilts, pottery and other handicrafts. Call 803-584-6084 or visit www.salkehatchie-arts.com.

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Charles Towne Landing: Where SC Began

In 1670, a small group of English men, women and children came ashore at Albermarle Point along the Ashley River. It was the beginning of Charles Towne, the precursor to historic (but more modern) Charleston, SC. If you're headed to the area, make time for a half-day visit to Charles Towne Landing, a superb state historic park filled with eco-wonders, a natural-habitat zoo, museum, native American and African American heritage areas, and fortifications.
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Pomp and Precision: The Citadel's Dress Parade

The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, has a long, storied history. Its cadets were first to fire on an 1860s-era steamer trying to supply Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. That became the first overt action of the War Between the States (Civil War to you northerners!). Today, The Citadel fields colorful pomp, pride and precision in its Dress Parade. Join us for the free, educational and entertaining show!
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Columbia, SC: A Capital City Entices Visitors

Travelers visiting Columbia, SC, will discover a capital city with a strong sense of "place" and history. But more modern activities abound. You might tour a museum, watch a ballet, visit the capitol (shown at right), enjoy kayaking or head out for a public art tour or night-time entertainment. From the excellent South Carolina State Museum to Congaree National Park, Columbia delivers a rewarding vacation for visitors.
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Exploring Charleston's Low Country Plantations
Encircling Charleston, SC, are multiple historic plantations that -- in style and aura at least -- seem to slip back into the past.

Drayton Hall delivers architecture from the 18th Century Federal Period.

In contrast, the Boone Hall Plantation with its dramatic oak-lined entry road was featured prominently in the 1980s mini-series "North and South".

Gardens and eco-areas draw visitors to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

And Middleton Place was to a great extent destroyed in the War Between the States but its magnificent landscaped grounds and English gardens remain. Sheep often graze on the front yard.

For a peek into Charleston's plantation past and what's available today to see at each mansion, check our piece by freelance writer Natasha Lawrence.
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Nature Rules on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head celebrated its 50th birthday last year. For 2008, the environment remains as important to the destination as it did five decades ago. The island's tourism and infrastructure projects always include some green spaces to be set aside for hiking, biking and natural enjoyment. Islanders take their environmental protection mission seriously, a positive sign for the coming years.

Freelance writer Mary Sue Lawrence looks at what Hilton Head offers travelers. How can one enjoy the great outdoors? What operators provide trips? What's new on the hotel scene? What are the best things to see and do? And Mary Sue details new outdoor theater productions. So let's look at Hilton Head today, still a head turner.
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Charleston's Old Market: Sweetgrass and More

If you're headed for Charleston this year, take time to stroll through the city's Old Market. It's a treasure trove of goods -- everything from savory food stuffs to local art, from old maps and antiques to souvenirs and jewelry.

A market highlight is the array of sweetgrass baskets on display. These unusual baskets, made in intricate designs from the grasses of Carolina's Low Country, are truly an art.

Basketweaving began on Carolina's plantations centuries ago by slaves who passed their knowledge from generation to generation. Today, African-Americans and others as well have revived the art. The result for visitors is an amazing array of basket types and sizes.

On most days, you might watch the artists at work as they weave their intricate pieces. Charleston area writer Natasha Lawrence gives readers tips and inside intel for exploring the market's nooks and crannies.

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