Greenville’s main tourist season is during the local summer months of June to August when temperatures average around the mid-20s Celsius. However all four seasons prove an enjoyable time to visit and not only can visitors save money in the shoulder seasons of April- May and September – October, they can make further savings during the mild winters from November to March. Choosing a shoulder season isn’t an easy decision. Greenville spring is in April to May when the weather is sunny, the rainfall is low and the beautiful state parks blossom to life. On the other hand the local autumn months of September and October are spectacular as the trees turn to hues of orange. The peak season coincides with the school holidays from May to Late August so it’s hard to evade them, but visitors can dodge additional costs by avoiding Independence Day on the 4th July and Labour Day on the 1st September.
Laidback southern charm meets contemporary cool in Greenville, a city in South Carolina that is emerging as one the US’s hippest destinations. Enjoying a unique setting at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is surrounded by lush vegetation and a choice of stunning state parks that boast waterfalls, sandy beaches, lakes and rivers. Essential outdoor attractions include the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and marvelling at the green mountains of the Blue Ridge at the Ceasers’ Head State Park.
The Downtown district has been regenerated over the past three decades to become one of the USA’s ten best Downtowns according to Forbes magazine. The award winning central area has a buzzing arts scene that can be experienced first-hand at the Art Crossing at River Place where a community of artists have created a unique space. The town also boasts an impressive display of Italian Old Masters at the Bob Jones University, whilst more contemporary offerings are found at the Greenville County Museum of Art. At the heart of Downtown is The Peace Centre, a celebrated hub for performing arts that includes ballet, theatre and symphony orchestras. Greenville is also a foodie’s haven and the central district is alive with restaurants that specialise in both regional and international food.
Major attractions include the cantilevered pedestrian bridge at Falls at the Reedy Park as well as the Upcountry History Museum which charts and celebrates the regional history of upcountry South Carolina. Family-friendly attractions include Greenville Zoo and the Children’s Museum found at Heritage Green.
An increasingly popular method of getting around the city centre area and discovering the state parks is by bicycle. A choice of rental bike services can be obtained in the Downtown area including the B Cycle bike sharing program. The city offers a choice of nine bus routes although many visitors choose to take a more novel method of transport in the form of either a horse drawn carriage or a rickshaw.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is located 12 miles (19 km) to the east of the city. A private ground transportation company that offers an extensive choice of coach, taxi or limo is available offering a vehicle suitable for everybody’s needs and budgets.