While visiting a new city, finding the hidden gems is usually the best route if you want to stay away from the basic tourist spots. Getting those once-in-a-lifetime photos and experiences are important if you don't know when you'll be able to visit again. One of the coolest things to do in South Carolina is exploring this abandoned castle that'll make you feel like royalty. 

Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach near Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina was built between 1931 and 1933. The estate has 30 rooms which you can actually explore.

This old-style home served as a winter abode for the well-known American sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer. 

During World War II, the Huntingtons left the castle and let the U.S. Air Force use it to house deployed soldiers. Even through wartimes, the house was not damaged and remained standing. 

In 1984, the castle was actually placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Huntington Beach State Park takes care of the house and the surrounding area so it always looks its best for guided tours to curious explorers. 

Once you step onto the property, you'll feel like transported to Spain (the inspiration for the original owners).

The walls are covered with lush green ivy and there are palm trees that welcome visitors onto the property.

Turquoise blue accents all over the house will make your eyes dance and bring you into a world of culture and bright colors.

The 30 rooms within the castle surround a huge courtyard in the middle of the castle. There's actually a 40-foot-tall water tower in the courtyard named Atalaya, which means watchtower in Spanish.

For history buffs, there are indoor and outdoor studios where Anna used to work on her famous sculptures. 

You can visit this spot whenever you need an escape from everyday realities, but every September, there's an art and crafts festival that features a variety of 100 artists. 

Atalaya Castle 

Price: Free

Address: 16148 Ocean Hwy., Murrells Inlet, SC 

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've stepped onto an island in Spain as you explore this old castle. 

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