Metropolitan cool and Southern hospitality merge seamlessly in Greenville, an easy-to-love city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The big draw downtown? A 60-foot waterfall that tumbles mightily – but oh so prettily – through the center of the action, just steps from an inviting line-up of shops, brewpubs, eateries and theaters.
Falls Park, which surrounds the waterfall and the Reedy River, makes for a soothing stroll. Snap a photo of the cascades from Liberty Bridge, a 355ft-long suspension bridge just downstream. From the park, shops stretch north along Main Street. With quotes emblazoned on the sidewalks and mice sculptures perched here and there (an ode to “Goodnight Moon”) this leafy street embraces whimsy to just the right degree.
Trails and waterfalls lure nature lovers to the foothills of the nearby Upcountry. The Cherokee called this region “The Great Blue Hills of God.” See if you agree on a hike to the summit of Table Rock Mountain, a beautiful spot for viewing the rolling landscape below - or popping the question.