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Greenville, South Carolina

Gem of the Upstate

Gone are the days when one of the main attractions in Greenville, South Carolina was to drive to the Old Mill section of town and take a look at the house where “Shoeless” Joe Jackson lived. Nowadays, the reasons to visit Greenville are many and varied. Maybe one of those reasons is the downtown area that’s rated in the top ten in America by Forbes Magazine. With multiple cultural attractions in the area, sporting events and concerts that are on-going, along with festivals and weekly events, there are many reasons to take part in all the marvelous activities.

You could say that Greenville has grown up. Some compare the growth to the growth of Atlanta in the 1970s and 80s. Greenville has a mini-Atlanta “feel” to it. Downtown features an abundance of unique restaurants and bars with the roof-top variety becoming very popular. Retail and shopping opportunities are numerous. Educational opportunities using attractions and downtown tours are fun for young and old. Bloomberg rated Greenville the “5th most fun and affordable city” in America.

There are nine state parks surrounding Greenville. Called South Carolina’s Upcountry, the Blue Ridge foothills almost surround the city. Beautiful mountain vistas are just minutes away at Paris Mountain State Park, Caesar Head State Park and Table Rock State Park. These parks are a wonderful escape. Not far away from Greenville, the Oconee River and Lake Hartwell State Park provide more beautiful scenery and water sports opportunities. You can also hike the surrounding mountain trails or take a leisurely stroll through Greenville’s pedestrian-friendly downtown. The Liberty Bridge is a must-see and is a nice walk over the Reedy River at Falls Park, located right in the middle of town.

Activities abound in this thriving city. Take in a baseball game, browse the many shops and boutiques or enjoy one of the fine downtown restaurants, cafés or bars. Most have open-air seating. Greenville, South Carolina has, indeed, grown up. There are many fine golf courses all over the Upstate. Go and check them out.