Greenville (South Carolina)

Greenville has been described as Athens, Georgia for adults. It is the county seat of and largest city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. Greenville is also the center of the largest metropolitan area of South Carolina. Columbia, Charleston, and North Charleston have more people, but the urban area around Greenville is larger. With its historic homes and modern office towers, Greenville has been described as where "Old South" meets "New South".


Greenville is the primary city of "The Upstate" of South Carolina, an area that includes the six counties of northwestern South Carolina along the borders of North Carolina and Georgia. It is the principal city of the Greenville Metropolitan Statistical Area (2005 estimated population: 591,251) which is included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Combined Statistical Area (population 1,185,534 according to 2005 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau). Greenville County is both the most populous and most dense in the state at 407,383, but because its city limits enclose less than 30 square miles, the population of the city proper is 56,002 (2000 U.S. Census). Perhaps a more accurate representation of Greenville's size is the urbanized area, which includes all of the city plus adjacent unincorporated areas and some suburbs that have a high population density - this figure is 302,194.

Get in

By plane

Greenville is served by two airports, Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), located in nearby Greer. Greenville-Spartanburg International is the state's second busiest airport.

By train

An Amtrak station is located at 1120 West Washington Street. Greenville is on Amtrak's Crescent Line, running daily from New Orleans to New York City's Penn Station, with stops including Atlanta, Charlotte, and Washington, D.C.. Northbound trains are in Greenville at 5AM and southbound trains at 11PM. +1-800-872-7245

By car

Greenville is on the Interstate 85 corridor, linking it to Atlanta and Charlotte, and Interstate 26, which is in nearby Spartanburg, goes northwest through Asheville on to Tennessee, and southeast on to Charleston. It also is located at the northern terminus of the Interstate 385 corridor. The other freeways that converge in the area include Interstate 185 and U.S. Highway 123 (Calhoun Memorial Highway). Other major highways include U.S. Highway 25, Business U.S. Highway 25, U.S. Highway 29 and U.S. Highway 276. Main Street is home to many of the downtown area's shopping and dining destinations.

Get around



As the largest city in the Upstate, Greenville offers many activities and attractions. Greenville's theaters and event venues regularly host major concerts and touring theater companies. Four independent theaters present several plays a year.

Annual Events



With over 80 restaurants in downtown alone, Greenville has become known as a culinary center in South Carolina. Here are just a handful.


Falls Park and the West End






Go next


Out of state

Due to being within an hour of North Carolina and Georgia, there are many out of state day trips available from Greenville.

Continue on US 276 until it reaches the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take pictures over the gorgeous overlooks as the sun dips in the sky, and continue to Asheville for dinner. Take I-26 south back to Greenville to complete the loop. Dupont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are all free.
Routes through Greenville

Charlotte Spartanburg  N  S  Clemson Atlanta
Charlotte Spartanburg  N  S  Anderson Atlanta
Asheville Hendersonville  N  S  Augusta Brunswick
Spartanburg Greer  N  S  Anderson Athens

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