The energetic city of Greenville, South Carolina has become a fixture on ‘best’ lists — best downtown, best place to raise a family, best city park, best cycling and outdoor destination, and much more. In short, it’s perhaps the country’s best worst-kept secret.
Greenville’s award-winning downtown is a mecca in the new South, boasting waterfalls and tree-lined streets, cafes, inspired dining, boutique shopping, and the only single-suspension pedestrian bridge in America, with much of the city overlooking the meandering Reedy River and sprawling parks like the beautiful 26-acre Falls Park at the heart of downtown.
The $65 million Peace Center performing arts complex includes a 2,100-seat concert hall and more intimate 400-seat theatre, even an outdoor amphitheater on the banks of the river. Broadway shows, international theatre and dance companies and touring headliners highlight the marquee. Greenville is home to the Swamp Rabbits hockey team, an affiliate of the New York Rangers, and the Greenville Drive, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, who play to packed crowds in an exact replica of the storied Fenway Park.
The city’s conveniences include several of the state’s finest hospitals and health facilities, as well as top-ranked school systems and the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Nearby universities include Furman University, offering continuing education through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Bob Jones University, which boasts a renowned fine arts museum.
Beyond the streets of downtown Greenville, you’ll find yourself at the center of endless opportunities to explore the great outdoors. The paved 21-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail travels from downtown Greenville through the campus of Furman University to the charming streets of downtown Travelers Rest. Nearby in any direction are countless state parks, national forests, wilderness areas and more for hiking, biking and endless exploring.
Beyond the streets of downtown Greenville, you’ll find yourself at the center of endless opportunities to explore the great outdoors. The paved 21-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail travels from downtown Greenville through the campus of Furman University to the charming streets of downtown Travelers Rest. Just across the North Carolina state line are Flat Rock and Hendersonville, two hamlets that know few equals when it comes to quaint and charming, and nearby in every direction are countless state and national parks for hiking, biking and endless exploring.
One of The New York Times’ Places to Go in 2017
One of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Buzzy International Destinations
One of the 20 Best Places to Visit in 2016, National Geographic Traveler
Ranked No. 3 on Livability.com’s List of the Top 10 Downtowns
One of the Best Places to Live according to US News & World Report
One of the Best Places to Raise a Family, MarketWatch
The 5th Best US Cycling Town, USA Today
One of the Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South according to Southern Living
Nestled along the magnificent Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, and just 30 minutes from Greenville, Flat Rock and Hendersonvile, are The Cliffs at Glassy, The Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Mountain Park.