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2 Free Day Trip Ideas Near Greenville, SC
South Carolina has plenty of green spaces to enjoy but when you have limited time, you may just want some fast and easy spots. These 2 spots are perfect for a short tranquil ride, easy hiking/walking, and a scenic view. They are totally different types of views though. The best part is that they are both free! So, pack a lunch, grab some drinks, and head out for a relaxing adventure that tingles the senses.
1. LondonHouse – 21st & 22nd floors
85 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
I know how important it is to book early and still it slipped my mind until a week before our trip. At that point, the only thing I could reserve was an 11AM table on Thursday. The weekend was already sold out a week before. Probably the most popular one we went to, I managed to score a sunset booking when they called to confirm my reservation. Yes, always ask for what you really want when you have the opportunity. Be sweet as sugar and you might just get it.
My 11AM time ultimately was cancelled due to rainy weather. The rooftop was closed. I still had hope for my sunset time. Another miss though, we sat in the restaurant for a little while, then up to the rooftop to take some pics. My hopes for this iconic sunset on the river were dashed. But the drinks were good, service was okay, and I did get to see the rooftop, so the goal was accomplished. I ordered a second drink – French Martini but it never showed up and I didn’t bother asking for it again.
Overall, it’s a bit more pretentious and definitely turns into a club setting on the weekend with people waiting in line for the elevator. One elevator becomes designated for this with a host stationed at the beginning of it. If you are staying at the hotel, no worries, that line does not affect your ability to get to your room.
FROM THE MENU:
TROPICANA CLUB $16
Casamigos Blanco, Green Chartreuse, mango,
habanero, chipotle powder
Cedar Falls Park
Address: 201 Cedar Falls Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Hours: 9AM to DUSK
At Cedar Falls Park, you will find 2.2 miles of walking and mountain biking trails. There’s also a large playground. The 200 foot wide falls can be accessed via the paved trail and there is parking at both ends of the trail. There is a picnic shelter that can be reserved online, as well. You can find a downloadable park map at the link above.
Check out more to do in Greenville.
Keep in mind that there is also a long term swimming advisory by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – bacteria and pollution levels have exceeded state safety standards. Swimming here can make you sick.
You will see the remains of an early 20th century dam that used to power a sawmill, a textile mill, and a cotton gin. Watch your step and enjoy.
Symmes Chapel AKA The Pretty Place
Address: 100 YMCA Camp Rd, Cleveland, SC 29635
Camp Greenville dates back to 1912 and the chapel was constructed in 1941. It can be difficult to get a clear shot due to the popularity of the location. The view is so breathtaking though, that it is worth the drive. The best plan would be to arrive for a sunrise or sunset, a quick google search will show you some amazing photos captured during those times.
Check out places to eat in nearby Asheville.
Some nearby stops that would be equally as interesting:
- Jones Gap State Park (2 scenic waterfalls, 60+ miles of trails for all difficulties, low admission fee)
- Falls Creek Waterfall Trail (2 miles, considered Difficult due to climbing uphill with 600+ ft elevation gain)
- Raven Cliff Falls Trailhead (2+miles, waterfall, dog-friendly, kid friendly)