Spartanburg was formed in 1785 and was named after a local militia, the Spartan Regiment, which fought in the Battle of Cowpens (near Spartanburg) during the Revolutionary War. Spartanburg offers visitors and locals a wide range of cultural activities, outdoor recreation and downtown fun. Wofford College has its home in Spartanburg and lends a definite student-vibe to the downtown area. Wofford also offers the community and visitors a wide array of arts and cultural events and opportunities, including art museum and gallery, performing arts venues and an annual Chamber Music Series that brings musicians from around the world to Spartanburg. Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium hosts national touring groups, sporting events and more. Spartanburg Art Museum and Spartanburg Regional History Museum are both great places to spend rainy days. Spartanburg’s dedicated nature preserves including the Hatcher Garden and Glendale Shoals preserve are a key part of the city’s appeal as well. Thousands of acres of carefully preserved forestry and local wildlife can be explored all around the city. In all, the most alluring part of Spartanburg is its dedication to beautifying the city with nature, art, and education. Discover The Beacon (America’s 2nd largest drive-in restaurant), BMW’s Performance Driving School and Museum, and Cowpens Battlefield.
Best Restaurants in Spartanburg
The array of options in Spartanburg can seem endless, between historic traditions and youthful college spots, every corner is different. Some restaurants popped up yesterday and some have stayed open for 80 years or more. We’ve sorted the best of them. Find a new favorite or a classic you never knew existed with our recommendations. Feel free to comment on any article that made your date night complete or maybe let us know if you’ve got a different top pick in the city. Comments accepted below each article.