1. Abbeville, SC
About 75 miles west of Columbia sits the charming town of Abbeville. According to the town’s website, Abbeville is “pretty near perfect.” We agree.
2. Aiken, SC
Small town charm and lots of hospitality line the streets of Downtown Aiken. (Pictured: Aiken’s Night of a Thousand Lights)
3. Anderson, SC
Also called “The Friendliest City in South Carolina,” this small town in the Upstate has a beautiful downtown. Make plans to visit Anderson’s biennial International Festival,
set to feature Italy from Jan. 8 – Feb. 20, 2016.
4. Beaufort, SC
Located on Port Royal Island in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Beaufort is billed as the state’s second oldest city. It’s also famous for the movie The Big Chill, filmed on location here.
5. Bennettsville, SC
Victorian and Greek Revival architecture in Bennettsville, SC are found in both public buildings and the town’s historic homes. Named after South Carolina Governor Thomas Bennett, this small town is located in Marlboro County near the North Carolina border.
6. Clover, SC
The Clover community began as a railway stop in 1876 and soon grew into a charming little town. Well, it’s not so little anymore. Clover has more than 5,000 residents within its city limits of 2.8 square miles.
7. Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia received its first town charter in 1805. But that was long after John Lewis Gervias, State Senator from Ninety Six, introduced a bill to create a state Capital here in 1786. Part of the new Capital’s design included making the thoroughfares at least 100 feet wide.
8. Conway, SC
Many buildings in downtown Conway are on the National Register of Historic Places.
9. Florence, SC
Florence is in the heart of South Carolina’s Pee Dee region.
10. Gaffney, SC
Love this little town! I’m always surprised at the reactions I get when my fellow “House of Cards” fans find out there really is a Gaffney, South Carolina.
11. Greenville, SC
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, downtown Greenville has seen steady growth and revitalization in recent decades. Ask anyone from Greenville, it’s a gorgeous walk from the top of Main Street all the way to Falls Park.
12. Greer, SC
Greer is also among the locations in South Carolina where revitalization efforts are in place. Beautiful!
13. Hartsville, SC
Hartsville’s website says it’s a “Small town with a big heart.” I have to agree.
14. Lexington, SC
Lexington is the County Seat of Lexington County. Originally, Lexington County was called Saxe Gotha but was renamed in 1785
following the battles of Lexington and Concorde – which were fought in Massachusetts.
15. McCormick, SC
McCormick is a stone’s throw from the South Carolina/Georgia border and is between Aiken and Anderson. It’s also the county seat of McCormick County.
16. Mount Pleasant, SC
Pitt Street in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village still boasts a pharmacy with an old-fashioned soda counter. (pictured: Old Village Post House Inn and Restaurant)
17. Orangeburg, SC
This small town, located about 40 miles southwest of Columbia is nicknamed “The Garden City.” It’s a fitting moniker given the town’s annual “Festival of Roses”
and its equally popular Editso Memorial Gardens.
18. Pickens, SC
In South Carolina’s Upstate, Pickens sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.