When is the best time to visit?
From September to November, the peak tourist season hits Spartanburg, as the temperature lowers to a pleasant 20°C, and many local events and festivals take place. Visitors can enjoy festivals such as the Spartanburg International Festival, Jazz on the Square, and the South Carolina Apple Festival.
Flights and hotels are cheapest during the off season, which is between December and February, as the temperatures lower to around 12°C and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays come around. Be sure to book before the Valentine's Day rush kicks in, and hotel and flight prices in Spartanburg will remain at their yearly low.
Why visit Spartanburg?
Spartanburg, the largest city in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, is commonly known as Sparkle City, and underneath the American colonial architecture is a modern metropolitan city full of historic locations, attractions, and shopping opportunities. The town centre in particular has a strong influence of the colonial period, with many of the government buildings sporting the architecture style, as well as many other buildings such as Wilson Hall at Converse College and the main building of Wofford College. Several motorways, including U.S. Routes 29 and 221, connect Spartanburg to other cities in South Carolina such as Greenville as well as Charlotte in North Carolina. Spartanburg is brimming with museums, nature reserves, historical sites, as well as plenty of modern attractions such as adventure areas and plenty of shops and boutiques. Spartanburg town centre is modern and lively, with many restaurants, bars, and clubs, which will no doubt appeal to many visitors who are keen on experiencing the local night life. Visitors with an interest in local history can visit the Walnut Grove Plantation, just south of the city centre, where knowledgeable staff can discuss at length the history of the plantation. Just a little outside of Spartanburg are several reserves and parks, such as Croft State Park and Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve. Hollywild Animal Park, a small and local zoo, contains plenty of exotic animals including peacocks, alpacas, and many types of lizard. The shopping enthusiasts visiting Spartanburg can enjoy plenty of local shops and boutiques throughout the Spartanburg city centre, as well as the large WestGate Mall, which includes some of the biggest department stores around.
Getting around Spartanburg
Many motorways and interstates connect Spartanburg to the surrounding cities and states, and an extensive bus service travels to dozens of locations throughout the area. Trains from Spartanburg connect to many locations throughout the US, including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Charlotte, Atlanta and New Orleans, which can be the staging post for any visitor's next journey.
Travelling to Spartanburg from the airport
Airport arrivals will land at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), and there are taxi and limo services to Spartanburg. Taxi and limo prices to the city are fixed. There is also a private car hire service available throughout the terminal, with many competing companies on-site, so look around for the best deal.