South Carolina. My first visit was in 8th grade for a family reunion in Chester. Since then, I have had business trips to Charleston, train rides to Florence, and road trips to Greenville. Secession, slavery, and 19th Amendment resistance aside, I have never had a bad trip to my grandfather's home state.
Located on Sullivan’s Island, this series of citadels protected the city of Charleston during the Revolutionary War and almost a century later during the Civil War. The original fort, constructed of palmetto logs, inspired the South Carolina flag and state nickname, “The Palmetto State.”