Greenville is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and beautifully graced with many hills and knolls. The Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina, sets in the northern part of the Greenville County. The Paris Mountain is the second most prominent ridge in the area and home to many of the area's television and radio stations' towers. Scenic nature and numerous mountains and hills provide amazing opportunities for a recreational Greenville vacation.
Families with kids and adventure travelers will find fun in the Greenville County Recreational District, featuring masses of outdoor amenities, which range from ice skating rinks to summer day camps and after school programs. The Pavilion of the Greenville County Recreational District is home to the Brushy Creek & Southern miniature passenger railroad, where your can have a ride with the whole family.
Greenville features at least ten state parks, perfect to spend a few days during your Greenville vacation. The parks have numerous trails, the majority of which are considered nature-walking trails due to the short length and relatively flat terrain. Hence, the trails are not so much tiresome, but provide the best of all Greenville mountains.
As the largest city in South Carolina, Greenville offers many activities and attractions you can choose from and totally dedicate your Greenville vacation to the city's exploration. No traveler on a Greenville vacation should miss out a visit to the Greenville County Museum of Art. The museum offers a variety of exhibitions, providing something for virtually every taste. Constant expositions contain the highly acclaimed Southern Collection of Art, dating back to the 1700s, but new exhibitions and regular cultural events are also available. For instance, the Greenville County Museum of Art opened Juan Logan' exhibition of painting, sculpture and mixed media installations on November 16, 2005. Juan Logan is a renowned North Carolina artist, whose work reveals the successful methods of using an industrial technology in sculpture, as well as other artistic innovations, such as painting on fabrics and constructions of tarpaper, conveying many vital issues that include a racial identity, violence, complicity and a societal dysfunction.
The religion art appreciators should also visit the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery, situated at the campus of the Bob Jones University, which is widely acclaimed as the finest collection of religious art in the Western hemisphere. The collection features fantastic samples of Italian, Spanish, French, English, Flemish, Dutch and German sacred art from the 14th and through the 19th centuries, from artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera and Murillo, as well as the period furniture, sculpture, tapestries and porcelains.
To make your Greenville vacation definitely cultural, visit also the BI-LO Center, a large arena in downtown Greenville, which hosts several major concerts each year, as well as the Greenville Grrrowl ECHL hockey team. The city of Greenville is also proud of its Peace Center that is home to the Carolina Ballet Theatre, Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Greenville Chorale.
You can also spend your vacation in Spartanburg, a cozy and comfortable city, gracefully located in the foothills of marvelous Blue Ridge Mountains. A Spartanburg vacation is an invitation to outdoor activities year round, comprising hiking, horseback riding, camping and more. The constant population of Spartanburg is about forty thousand, but the city is so special that it draws more seven hundred and fifty thousand to visit it annually. Discover the secret of Spartanburg and you will greatly enjoy your holidays.!