If you go

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — C.D.

WHERE TO STAY The 1425 Inn 1425 Rich­land St., Columbia, S.C. 803-252-7225


Eight rooms high­light themes of South Carolina, in­clud­ing the Mag­no­lia, which cap­tures the feel of an old South­ern plan­ta­tion. Rates start at $149.

WHERE TO EAT JD’s Place 7727 Bluff Rd., Gads­den, S.C. 803-353-0061 wapo.st/JDsPlace Min­utes from the park, this unas­sum­ing South­ern-food cafe has ex­cel­lent fried chicken. En­trees start around $10.

WHAT TO DO Con­ga­ree Na­tional Park 100 Na­tional Park Rd., Hop­kins, S.C. 803-776-4396 nps.gov/cong /in­dex.htm

Ca­noe through primeval forests, watch rare syn­chro­nized fire­flies or ex­plore 25 miles of hik­ing trails in one of our least vis­ited na­tional parks. Ranger-guided ca­noe tours are avail­able three times a week and must be re­served on­line at re­cre­ation.gov. (There is a $1.50 per-per­son fee.) Each tour is lim­ited to 12 peo­ple and fills up fast; you can book a spot on the first day of the month be­fore the tour date. Tours gen­er­ally run from April to Novem­ber. In 2017, tours will go on hia­tus in mid-June and re­sume from La­bor Day un­til the week­end be­fore Thanks­giv­ing. There also are first-come, first­serve af­ter­noon ca­noe tours on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sunday through mid-June. Free.

South Carolina State Mu­seum

301 Ger­vais St., Columbia, S.C. 803-898-4921 sc­mu­seum.org A sweep­ing look at the state over time, rang­ing from di­nosaur fos­sils to Na­tive Amer­i­can pot­tery to a model of the sunken Con­fed­er­ate Civil War sub­ma­rine H.L. Hun­ley. Daily ad­mis­sion costs $8.95 for adults, $7.95 for se­niors and $6.95 for chil­dren ages 3 to 12.



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