Spartanburg, SC & the Surrounding Area
There’s no doubt about it: Spartanburg is a great place to live and learn. With unique restaurants and shops and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, this city is the ideal place to spend a few years — or a lifetime. It’s also conveniently located less than an hour from the Blue Ridge Mountains and only a few hours from the coast. Road-trip anyone?
Spartanburg is literally a college town and your presence in our city is not only accepted, its expected! Whatever you choose to see and do, we guarantee you’ll have the time of your life at SMC.
Our campus is just minutes from downtown Spartanburg, a beautiful city with a population of 40,000. Whether you have a taste for Chinese food or a serious craving for pepperoni pizza, you’ll have plenty of restaurants to satisfy your appetite. Spartanburg is home to the world famous Beacon Drive-In. The Beacon is in a league of its own, and soon you’ll be wondering how you ever survived without it. In addition to fine dining options, you have plenty of options to catch the latest movie or get together at a local coffee house.
If shopping is your bag, you’ll find everything you need at Westgate Mall, just minutes away from campus. Westgate is just one of a variety of shopping destinations found nearby.
For concerts and musical entertainment, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium hosts big name acts and Broadway shows and the new Barnett Park Amphitheater is a great place to sit under the stars and listen to all forms of music. The recently opened Chapman Cultural Center also boasts several outlets to satiate your cultural appetite. Numerous festivals are held throughout the year in downtown Spartanburg so you’ll never be at a loss for entertainment.
Get your tickets and go enjoy the Great American Pasttime at Fluor Field at West End, home of the Greenville Drive, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Additional good times are just ahead when your destination is downtown Greenville, just a half-hour away. There you will see the best of the past blended with the future when you walk down a vibrant Main Street or through the revitalized West End. Both are filled with unique dining, shopping and entertainment options. Be sure to check out the BI-LO Center, one of the top-rated entertainment venues in the United States and host to a wide-range of today’s most popular musical artists. The Bi-Lo Center is also home to the Greenville Force arena football team — and in Fall 2010, ECHL hockey returns to the ice in Greenville with a brand new team the Greenville Road Warriors.
If you’re into the outdoors, SMC is the perfect choice. We’re located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains so it’s easy to fill up free time with hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing or mountain biking. Recreational snow skiing is a big student activity within the winter months and the college even offers a snow skiing course during the month of January.
On the other end of the spectrum, South Carolina’s finest beaches are just a few hours away by car.Imagine having all of nature’s grandeur all within close proximity to your college campus. Of course, with many commuting students attending classes at SMC, you’ll have plenty of tour guides at your disposal. Our climate is beautiful year round and outdoor activities are always in-season.