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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Kings Mountain National Military Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A Revolutionary War battle considered an important turning point was fought here on October 7, 1780. Colonial Tories were soundly defeated by...Read More

  • 12. Mann-Simons Site

    Main Street Area | Historic District/Site

    This cottage and outdoor museum was the home of Celia Mann, one of only 200 free African Americans in Columbia in the mid-1800s. Buy tickets...Read More

  • 13. National Steeplechase Museum


    This museum at the historic Springdale Race Course contains the largest collection of racing memorabilia in the United States. The Equicizer...Read More

  • 14. Old Edgefield Pottery


    Peruse the extensive collection of Edgefield stoneware pottery on display at this shop and museum that's dedicated to a craft that began here...Read More

  • 15. Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    Home to James Hammond, who is credited with being first to declare that "cotton is king," this wood-frame house remained in the family until...Read More

  • 16. Robert Mills House and Gardens

    Main Street Area | Historic Home

    The classic, columned 1823 house was named for its architect, who later designed the Washington Monument. It has opulent Regency furniture,...Read More

  • 17. Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library

    Historic West End | Historic Home

    This collection is housed in the former home of baseball great Joe Jackson, who along with seven other White Sox players, was accused of throwing...Read More

  • 18. South Carolina State Museum

    Vista | Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits in this refurbished textile mill explore the state's natural history, archaeology, and historical development. An iron gate made for...Read More

  • 19. State House

    Main Street Area | Government Building

    Six bronze stars on the western wall of South Carolina's grandest building mark where direct hits were made by General Sherman's cannons. Begun...Read More

  • 20. University of South Carolina

    USC Campus | Educational Institution

    A highlight of this sprawling university is its original campus, founded in 1801. Stroll the historic buildings and gardens of the Horseshoe...Read More

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