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3. Charleston

Iron out your finest linens and find the perfect wide brimmed straw hat if you want a side of history to go with that sweet iced tea. Charleston might be known for its romanticized past, abundance of plantations, and air that’s as thick as honey, but the first official capitol of South Carolina also hosts the richest concentration of cultural sites on a one-mile stretch, appropriately called Museum Mile. Founded in 1773, the Charleston Museum is the oldest museum in the United States, and is a must-see for visitors. The Gibbes Museum of Art is also worthy of your presence. You’ll find plenty of sophistication south of the Mason-Dixon.

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