The Atlas Obscura Guide To South Carolina
71 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in South Carolina
Updated April 19, 2023
Unusual Attractions in South Carolina
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6 Hallowed Grounds in South Carolina
South Carolina is known for its picturesque coastal cities and Southern charm. Given its firm placement in the Bible Belt, the Palmetto State is home to many churches—but it also holds fascinating ruins of houses of worship, wondrous works of art inspired by African traditions, and historic holy grounds hiding in plain sight. As the pandemic continues, we hope this virtual trip helps you explore America’s wonders. If you do choose to venture out, please follow all guidelines, maintain social distance, and wear a mask.
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Stories About South Carolina
This Tiny Island Was Settled Thousands of Years Ago. It Hasn’t Really Changed.
Home to 4,600-acres of natural wonderland, mysterious ancient artifacts, and Gullah Geechee history.
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Podcast: Oyotunji African Village
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The Return of Purple Straw, an Iconic Southern Wheat
It has a whole team of champions working on its comeback.
by Rachel Kester
Podcast: The Gray Man
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The Death Site of John Laurens, Friend to Alexander Hamilton, Was a Mystery—Until Now
The 18th-century soldier, statesman, and abolitionist was also a character in the hit musical 'Hamilton.'
by Isaac Schultz
The South Carolina Forest That Looks Like Melted Ice Cream
When conditions are right, the waters of Congaree National Park can look like bright scoops pooling on a sidewalk.
by Jessica Leigh Hester
The Carolinas' Mysterious Great White Shark Cluster Is Not Mysterious, Not a Cluster
They're just doing what sharks do.
by Sabrina Imbler