Plan a trip to Greenville / Spartanburg
One Great Airport – Two Great Destinations: Greenville & Spartanburg
Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional Southern charm, stunning natural beauty, and an unexpected contemporary cool to become one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest-growing cities.
About 30 miles away from Greenville is Spartanburg, with state-of-the-art event venues, vibrant hotels, and public art on every corner. Spartanburg, with historical significance dating back to the Revolutionary War, was named South Carolina’s second Downtown Cultural District, perfect for all visitors.
Lauded for its global cuisine in The New York Times special section “52 Places To Go in 2023,” Greenville, SC tempts taste buds with a panoply of flavors from Germany to Georgia—the republic, not SC’s southern neighbor. Home to 230 international firms from 27 countries (most notably the North American headquarters for Michelin and BMW), Greenville County boasts a culturally diverse population that drives an equally diverse food scene. With more than 200 restaurants in downtown Greenville alone—a quarter of which are international—you can satisfy most any food craving, starting with regional Southern fare and taking flight from there to find flavors from five of the world’s seven continents.
Surrounded by lakes, rivers, and waterfalls amid the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Greenville, SC area is an outdoor paradise. More than 50 waterfalls reside within the Upstate of SC, making it the heaviest concentration of waterfalls within the Eastern United States. Greenville County is home to three state parks perfect for hiking, camping, or just enjoying the vistas.
Even downtown Greenville offers plenty for visitors to escape to the outdoors. Falls Park on the Reedy is located right off Main Street and features the iconic Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge overlooking a 32-foot waterfall. If biking is more your style, check out the 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail running along the Reedy River, connecting you to restaurants, parks, and other local attractions.
Arts & Culture
Greenville might not be a large city, but that doesn’t stop it from being a cultural touchstone to South Carolina and the rest of the South. In addition to being home to the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Upcountry History Museum, and the Sigal Music Museum, Greenville hosts countless theater companies and performance spaces, with everything from arena concert tours and Broadway performances to small-space improv and dinner theater.
Greenville is also host to several signature annual events:
- Artisphere welcomes the spring season with a colorful array of vibrant visual and performing virtuosos, amazing culinary experiences, and one-of-a-kind stage acts annually on Mother’s Day weekend.
- Euphoria is the ultimate foodie event, featuring exclusive tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, and multi-course dinners with celebrity chefs every September.
- Fall for Greenville takes over Main Street in Downtown Greenville for a weekend every October. This family-friendly three-day smorgasbord of food and entertainment showcases 50+ local restaurants serving more than 250 dishes and 50 beers on tap, wine vendors, and over 75 musical acts on six stages—it is an absolute must-do for food and music lovers alike.
While there’s no denying the quality and caliber of the galleries, museums, and events, Greenville believes that art is something that should be shared and enjoyed by everyone, all the time. That’s why many of the streets and parks of Greenville are home to 125+ pieces of stunning original art. From the whimsical to the “wow,” you’ll encounter pieces that make you smile, make you think, and make you feel.
Greenville’s reputation as a family-friendly destination is well earned, with Good Housekeeping naming the city in their inaugural Best Family Travel Awards for 2023. In addition to countless parks and playgrounds, children and families alike adore Greenville for destinations like The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, and the Mice on Main scavenger hunt.
For those kids (and adults) who are curious about the world around us, the Greenville Zoo, Roper Mountain Science Center, and Conestee Nature Preserve offer countless opportunities to get to know our planet and beyond.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport serves as a gateway to the Upstate region of South Carolina, providing quick and efficient air transportation services for over 2.6 million passengers annually. Located right off I-85, GSP is just 15 minutes from downtown Greenville.
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Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
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