Inside South Carolina’s 47 state-registered parks, visitors explore secluded forest trails, sweeping cerulean lakes, roiling saltwater surfs crashing on white beaches, and streams and rivers overgrown with thick canopies of trees. The protected areas, many of which were assembled nearly a century ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, encompass more than 80,000 acres and span turf from the rambling Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy Atlantic-coast beaches. Abundant activities for guests include canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and accidentally startling long-forgotten lumberjacks wearing headphones.
Visitors experience colonial history up close at some parks, where registered historic homes, plantations, and landmark buildings stand preserved or in their natural state. These structures grant a glimpse into the lives of European settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans through building tours, archaeological collections, and live history demonstrations. Overnight camping is available at many parks, ranging from primitive campsites to cabins, villas, and tent sites that offer running water. Much like a scientist designing a soda-can-powered robot, park administrators follow a rigorous recycling program to ensure the preservation of the wilderness.
Having begun as a single tanning shop in Greenville during the autumn of 1990, Ultratan has since blossomed into more than 70 locations throughout the Carolinas and Georgia due to its popularity and commitment to quality service. Over the years, the collection of spas has accumulated numerous awards such as Best Tanning Salon from the Daily Gamecock for providing the best equipment in both tanning beds and spray-tan technology. As a member of the International Smart Tan Network, its commitment to safe tans also encompasses a passion for keeping their customers educated about responsible tanning routines and never tanning without a helmet.
Doctors and massage therapists join forces to address alignment issues, joint stiffness, and muscular tension all within the same visit to HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab. Massage therapists correct muscular imbalances in shoulders and backs with hands licensed in therapeutic massage and shadow-puppet recital. Chiropractic consultations provide detailed assessments of the ailments behind each client's particular symptoms, as well as specific instructions for massage therapists and recommended courses of action.
Ladies Choice Fitness Center shapes the silhouettes of determined dames via a fully rigged gym and multitude of classes exclusively for women. The gym brims with strength and cardio accoutrement for a workout that forms curves full circle. An experienced and heedful staff is on hand to answer inquiries pertaining to all skill levels, acquaint gym rats with proper equipment, and collect jellybean jar postulations. If group energy propels your iron-pumping speedboat, Ladies Choice runs a horde of diverse pound-jettisoning classes such as kickboxing, belly dance, yoga, and Zumba. Call the fitness center for exact dates and times.
Just 16 miles south of Myrtle Beach, the Atlantic Ocean gently laps onto a pristine stretch of sand along the shores of Murrells Inlet, a quaint fishing village. The town's marsh walk wends along an estuary creek, past egrets, ospreys, herons, and other migratory waterfowl. At the nearby Huntington Beach State Park, explorers can frolic in the surf or amble down nature trails to spot native alligators and sea turtles' nesting grounds. Beside the freshwater lagoons and salt marshes lies Atalaya Castle, the Moorish-style winter home and studio of sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her philanthropist husband. For a $1 donation, wanderers can marvel at the site's Spanish-inspired archways and courtyards. Also preserved are the erstwhile bear, horse, and dog pens where Hyatt Huntington kept animals to serve as inspiration for her wildlife sculpting and experimental yoga poses. The couple's artistic legacy is situated just across the highway—Brookgreen Gardens, one of the country's largest outdoor sculpture gardens, peppers thousands of acres of manicured floral gardens with artwork, outdoor fountains, and a zoo that features alligators, eagles, and otters in their natural habitat.