The Midlands and Upstate

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Midlands and Upstate - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. BMW Performance Center

    Scenic Drive

    If you missed your true calling as a race-car driver, BMW lets you live out your dreams at this two-hour experience. A pro driver radios in...Read More

  • 2. Columbia Museum of Art

    Main Street Area | Museum/Gallery

    This attractive, expansive gallery contains art from the Kress Foundation collection of Renaissance and baroque treasures, sculpture, and decorative...Read More

  • 3. Congaree National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    South Carolina's only national park is unlike any other—the park is the floodplain of the Congaree River, meaning that throughout the year,...Read More

  • 4. Falls Park on the Reedy

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    In this urban outdoor oasis, sloping green hills, giant boulders, and winding walkways offer great views of the Reedy River, but the best views...Read More

  • 5. Greenville County Museum of Art

    Heritage Green | Museum/Gallery

    This Southern-focused gallery is home to American paintings dating from the colonial era, along with more-modern works by Andy Warhol, Georgia...Read More

  • 6. Historic Camden

    Historic District/Site

    This 107-acre outdoor museum complex and Revolutionary War historic site emphasizes the period surrounding the British occupation of 1780. Several...Read More

  • 7. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden


    This top-notch zoo contains more than 2,000 animals and birds in natural habitats, including a sea lion exhibit and western lowland gorillas...Read More

  • 8. Trinity Episcopal Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1860, this is the town's oldest standing church and an architectural landmark that anchors the town. Complete with a 125-foot spire...Read More

  • 9. Abbeville Opera House

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Built in 1908 along the old town square, this auditorium has been renovated to reflect the grandeur of the days when lavish road shows and stellar...Read More

  • 10. Aiken County Historical Museum

    Museum Village

    One wing of this 1860 estate is devoted to early regional culture, including Native American artifacts, firearms, an authentically furnished...Read More

  • 11. Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum


    The area's horse farms have produced many national champions. Exhibits include horse-related decorations, paintings, and sculptures, plus racing...Read More

  • 12. Bonds Conway House

    Historic Home

    This circa-1812 house has the fine details of a skilled craftsman, including wonderful woodwork and heart-pine floors. It was built by the first...Read More

  • 13. Burt-Stark Mansion

    Historic Home

    It was in this 1820 home that Jefferson Davis disbanded the Confederate armies, effectively ending the Civil War. Now a popular wedding venue...Read More

  • 14. Caesars Head State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and best known for the Raven Cliff Falls here, Caesars Head State Park is about 30 miles north of...Read More

  • 15. Camden Archives and Museum


    Inside a commanding, columned brick building just north of town, this museum includes an impressive antique gun collection, Native American...Read More

  • 16. Children's Museum of the Upstate

    Heritage Green | Museum/Gallery

    This 80,000-square-foot facility is packed with hands-on exhibits that cover everything from science and music to construction and race cars...Read More

  • 17. Devils Fork State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At this park on Lake Jocassee, known for its hiking, boating, and fishing, Lower Whitewater Falls plunges more than 200 feet over huge boulders...Read More

  • 18. EdVenture Children's Museum

    Vista | Museum/Gallery

    With more than 90,000 square feet for climbing, exploring, painting, playing, building—oh, and learning, too—this museum is a full day of hands...Read More

  • 19. Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

    Main Street Area | Historic Home

    Dating from 1818, this grand home is filled with lavish furnishings collected by three generations of two influential families. The mansion...Read More

  • 20. Hitchcock Woods


    At 2,100 acres and three times the size of New York's Central Park, this is one of the largest urban forests in the country and is listed on...Read More

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