The Palmetto State is full of small towns and cities that are full of rich cultural heritage and history. Why not take a tour of several of these hidden gems across the state on a road trip from Greenville, SC! We included four stops along the way so you can get a sample of several regions before you arrive at our beautiful and tranquil oasis in Latta, SC! So, pack your bags and get ready to discover a side of South Carolina you never knew! Of course, if you’re coming in from somewhere along the East Coast, be sure to check out our free I-95 Guide!
Everything You Need to Know About a Road trip From Greenville, SC
The first stop on your road trip from Greenville, SC, is the town of Newberry! While the beautiful downtown area has plenty of shops lining the streets, there are a few highlights in the area that are worth a visit. Take a stroll through the Wells Japanese Garden. It’s a fantastic spot to sit down and meditate while you enjoy the variety of plants in this little slice of zen that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. You should also take a drive through the West Boundary Street Historic District, where you’ll find mid-19th-century architecture galore, especially at the Frederick Nance House plantation-style home on Jessica Avenue. Before you get back on the highway, stop by the Enoree River Vineyards for a local wine tasting!
You can choose to go around the Palmetto State’s capital city on your road trip from Greenville, but it’s full of museums and more attractions than most cities around the state. The Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, and South Carolina Military Museum all offer fantastic experiences that allow you to dive into the state’s rich history.
Guests can also take a tour around the South Carolina Statehouse, where you can see some of the state’s highest-ranking lawmakers walking around in between meetings and daily duties. If you prefer to stay outside and explore the great outdoors, the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens and Riverfront Park are perfect for a breath of fresh air.
Camden is the third stop along your road trip from Greenville. It’s only a 40-minute drive from Columbia, so you can spend plenty of time taking in the charming town’s rich Revolutionary War heritage. There are several museums worth checking out, like the Historic Camden Revolutionary War site that commemorates the pivotal Battle of Camden. You can also explore the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, the National Steeplechase Museum, and Goodale State Park!
Continue on your journey from Greenville, SC, to your next step, Bishopville. This tiny village is only 30 minutes east of Camden, but it still has a few hidden treasures. The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden is simply stunning. Longtime Bishopville resident Pearl Fryar decided to create whimsical and beautiful works of art out of shrubs in his yard back in the 1980s and still does to this day. His extensive grounds are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The South Carolina Cotton Museum and Lee State Park are also worth a visit while you’re in town.
We included a trip route for you to follow during your trip from Greenville to Latta, SC! Overall, the drive time is three hours and 40 minutes, so you can stop and see the sights at each location or skip over certain ones! It’s up to you!
Book your stay in one of our well-accommodated rooms, featuring luxurious furnishings, large private bathrooms, and beautiful accents. Relax in one of our parlor rooms or outside on our manicured grounds after your road trip through South Carolina. Or, you can continue exploring the heritage of Eastern South Carolina in Latta, Mullins, Marion, Florence, or one of the other many small Southern towns in the region! After you’re done seeing the area, make a reservation at our restaurant for a remarkable culinary experience in our intimate dining room.
Are you ready to plan your trip across the Palmetto State? Book your stay with us and get ready for a taste of true Southern hospitality at our charming Inn!