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The Upstate region of South Carolina (also known as the
“Upcountry”) derives its name from the higher elevations in the
foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Home to the cities of
Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson, the Upstate lifestyle is as
much a product of its history as its topography.
While all Carolinians love their music, the strong Scots-Irish
heritage in the Upstate seems to have produced a toe-tapping background melody everywhere you go. And not just the traditional
bluegrass music so often heard in the states of greater Appalachia,
though there’s plenty of that. The Upstate musical lifestyle also
includes everything from the annual Blue Ridge Fest in Pickens,
featuring golden-oldie performers, to the country-rock sounds of
Spartanburg’s own Marshall Tucker Band to Broadway musicals and
symphony orchestra performances at The Peace Center in Greenville.
In fact, a revitalized downtown Greenville has become a key
component of the region’s lifestyle, with riverside nature trails,
unique shops, restaurants, art museums and special attractions
like “Shakespeare in the Park” performances. Open-air trolleys
make it easy to get around, or the area can be explored on two
wheels, as both Greenville and Spartanburg have been recognized
as Bike-Friendly Cities by the League of American Bicyclists. The
Upstate is also home to the USA Cycling Pro Championships.
But urban amenities are just a part of the Upstate lifestyle
for folks who enjoy the great outdoors. There are more than 80
golf courses in the region, plus numerous highland streams for
kayak/canoe trips and whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River.
The fishing is also excellent in the crystal-clear mountain lakes.
Hundreds of miles of hiking trails criss-cross the region, from
leisurely state-park circuits to difficult climbs up steep slopes,
some leading to one of more than 35 waterfalls in the area.
Upstate South Carolina