#48. Beaufort

Large moss-draped oak trees line downtown streets in Beaufort, S.C., creating an iconic Southern scene in a city filled with romantic views and historic charm. Chartered in 1711, Beaufort is the second-oldest city in South Carolina and situated along the Atlantic Ocean on Port Royal Island. Dotted with military bases, historic districts and excellent fishing opportunities, the city draws thousands of tourists each year. Residents find plenty of things to do in Beaufort. Beaufort County School District and the University of South Carolina Beaufort provide great education options.

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