Big city culture in a small town setting—that’s what continues to draw visitors to the towns of Greenville and Spartanburg in South Carolina. Located just 30 miles apart, these two Southern gems offer the perfect blend of time-honored tradition and forward thinking. Though served by the same international airport, each city has its own distinct attractions, personality and individual appeal.
Greenville, the second largest city in the state, is a thriving urban hub and the primary city of the Upstate region. The city’s Main Street is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that’s constantly abuzz with festivals, shopping, exceptional dining, live music and other exciting activities. Don’t miss nearby Falls Park on the Reedy, an extraordinary urban park just off the Main Street area, and stay in town for one of the major concerts, plays, symphonies and shows that frequent the area’s state-of-the-art theaters.
Though smaller than Greenville, Spartanburg is also a beloved cultural center, with plenty of museums honoring its days as a major railroad hub and major player in the textile industry. A relaxing and peaceful escape from the hectic pace of city life, Spartanburg is a breath of fresh air, its citizens dedicated to historic preservation, the arts and living an active lifestyle.
Both cities are conveniently located halfway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, providing an oasis for travelers making the drive between the two. They also provide an excellent home base for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers as well, since several notable state parks are situated within easy drives of the area. Spend a day kayaking, fishing, hiking or camping in any of the area’s stunning state parks—nestled in the foothills of the mountains—and see for yourself what keeps visitors coming back again and again.