The Midlands and Upstate Travel Guide


Plan Your The Midlands and Upstate Vacation

South Carolina's Midlands, between the coastal Lowcountry and the mountains, is a varied region of swamps and flowing rivers, fertile farmland—perfect for horse-raising—and hardwood and pine forests. Lakes have wonderful fishing, and the many state parks are popular for hiking, swimming, and camping. Small old towns with mansions-turned-bed-and-breakfasts are common, and the many public gardens provide islands of color during most of the year.


The Midlands and Upstate Hotels

Your best bet is to stay in an area inn or B&B. Count on just a handful of rooms, family favorites for breakfast, and, if you're lucky, a garden more

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The Midlands and Upstate Restaurants

Most of the smaller towns have at least one dining choice that might surprise you with its take on sophisticated fare. Larger cities such as Columbia more

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Things To Do

Things To Do in The Midlands and Upstate

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


The Midlands and Upstate Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Small-town charm: Small towns—most complete with shady town squares, jewel-box shops, and a café—dot this region. Abbeville and Aiken are a couple... Read more

  • The Palmetto Trail

    Beginning in Oconee State Park in the Upstate and ending along the coast just north of Charleston, the Palmetto Trail is the perfect way to travel... Read more


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