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A Boomer’s Guide to the Carolinas: From Glorious Greenville to Amazing Asheville

The Carolinas. Two of the most scenic states in the country! Recently, my wife and I took a mini road trip through the Carolinas. From glorious Greenville in South Carolina to amazing Asheville in North Carolina, there’s so much to see and do in these two Southern states. So, if you’re on the hunt for 5 or 6-day getaway, this could be a wonderful trip for you.


Greenville, South Carolina

In Greenville, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Downtown at River Place. Nestled along the Reedy River and flanked by Main Street, the location is as convenient as it is beautiful! We parked our car and didn’t touch it until our departure. If you visit Greenville, make sure you bring your best walking shoes! Main Street boasts fine historical buildings, restaurants, shops, and more right downtown.

Peace Center Greenville
Peace Center in Greenville; Courtesy of Robert Fowler

TripAdvisor has 753 restaurants listed for Greenville. Personally, I recommend that you take the At the Chef’s Table Culinary Tour. Not only is this one of the top-rated activities for Greenville, but you also get to tour several restaurants for food tastings!


Of course, no trip to Greenville would be complete without a walk around Falls Park. Make sure you take your camera; the city is full of wonderful photo ops. Below is a picture of the Liberty Bridge. Built across Reedy River, it provides a lovely view of the waterfalls.

Liberty Bridge at Falls Park
Liberty Bridge at Falls Park; Courtesy of Robert Fowler

Though we may have only stayed three days in Greenville, we already can’t wait to go back. We enjoyed everything: the great restaurants, charming Main Street, the scenic park, the beautiful views. As a matter of fact, we’re already planning yet another trip to Greenville.

Asheville, North Carolina

Next, my wife and I moseyed our way to Asheville, North Carolina, only an hour away from glorious Greenville. Halfway there, we stopped for lunch at the quaint, charming town of Saluda. If you’re a fan of The Andy Griffith Show, then you need to visit Saluda. The entire town looks like a slightly modernized Mayberry. I halfway expected to bump into Barney Fife himself!

Asheville is a great town to visit with plenty of interesting tourist attractions. Of course, I’d remiss if I didn’t mention the famous Biltmore Estate! In fact, you may want to stay in a hotel or bed-and-breakfast near the Biltmore. Still not convinced? Click HERE to take a gander at what you’ll be seeing at the Biltmore Estate.


While the Biltmore Estate is amazing, Asheville has a lot more to offer. Here are some things to do that have the Robert Fowler stamp of approval:

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Originally published April 24, 2023

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