Just a few hours drive from the Upstate is Charleston, such a popular tourist spot that the natives are openly encourage people to not come…lol
Yup, right smack in the middle of downtown Greenville is Falls Park, home of the Falls of the Reedy River.
Seriously, this is right smack in the middle of downtown, you can sit at a restaurant or coffee shop and watch the waterfall.
Oh and there’s also a path that takes you from Falls Park over about a mile to Cleveland Park, where the Greenville Zoo is located. It is part of the longer Swamp Rabbit Trail. So, we would occasionally make a day of it. Spend the morning at the zoo, then hike over to the Falls for some lunch at Fords Oyster House, Nosedive, or some other cool place downtown, maybe ice cream at Kilwyn’s or a cupcake from the Chocolate Moose, then hike on back to the car. This I will definitely miss!
Almost 13 years ago, my wife and I went down to Tennessee to get married, and decided to drive up into the mountains for our honeymoon. We discovered the Sourwood Inn at that time, and loved the peaceful, scenic area up in the mountains.
Lo and behold, in 2011, when I made the move to my new job in Greenville, we wound up just over an hour away from our honeymoon spot. Naturally, we made it a point to spend another weekend up there and spend some more quiet time in the mountains that first Summer.
So while technically this is not in South Carolina, the Upstate area really has given us plenty of great spots just over the border that we have enjoyed!