STATEHOOD: 1788; 8th state
ATTRACTIONS: Myrtle Beach, Fort Sumter, Patriots Point
FUN FACT: The state's nickname honors the defense of a palmetto-log fort during the Revolutionary War.
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Photos: Scottnodine, Dreamstime (jasmine); NoDerog, iStockphoto (palmetto); maogg, iStockphoto (quarter); MattCuda, iStockphoto (wren); liangpv, iStockphoto (flag)
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