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Florence is a medium-sized city set in the rich green state of South Carolina. The historic Downtown area sings with a welcoming vibe and small-town charm, and overflows with old-fashioned eateries and independent boutiques. Florence also has a booming arts culture - thanks to its University of Performing Arts - and fascinating local heritage museums. Shoppers will also find plenty to like in Florence - as well as its own, rustic shopping scene, there are many flashy malls and centers to explore.

Things to see

For such a small town, Florence really packs in a lot of inspiring history and heritage. Begin your balmy South Carolina morning by taking a trip to the Florence County Museum. Behind the sleek white facade of this huge building you’ll discover a truly remarkable array of artifacts and artworks, ranging from delicately designed Pueblo pottery to rare Civil War uniforms. If the Civil War holds your interest, head over to the War Between the States Museum, where you’ll find even more memorabilia, including perfectly preserved armor and swords. Bargain-hunting shoppers should spend the afternoon exploring the Palmetto Peddlers Antiques Mall, a sprawling maze of rare and collectible paraphernalia, or the mighty modern Magnolia Mall. As the evening rolls around, culture-fiends can catch a show at the university’s Performing Arts Center, which hosts evenings of live music, dance, and theatre.

Hotels in Florence

Florence has a generous spread of mid-range hotels that offer fine, comfortable accommodation at reasonable prices. Those looking for low prices should check out the budget hotels in Florence. These 2-star inns and lodges provide a homey, stress-free atmosphere, and offer free WiFi, parking, and breakfasts. Some even have glistening outdoor pools - a great way to unwind after a hot day in Florence. The city’s 3-star hotels are a little more fancy, where roomy restaurants and stylishly lit bar lounges provide a sophisticated setting, matched by the highly attentive staff and huge guestrooms.

Where to stay

Staying in the historic city center is the best way to experience Florence’s hassle-free Americana appeal. Ideal for couples and families alike, the center offers immediate doorstep access to the old-fashioned diners, cafes, and bars. After a stroll around town and a plate of peppered pulled pork - a Florence favorite - you’re sure to feel like one of the locals. If you want to experience a true taste of southern Carolina’s countryside, stay in a nearby rural village, like Latta or Marion. From any of these places, you’re only a 1 hour 30 minute drive from Myrtle Beach, if you fancy a resort-town day-trip.

How to get to Florence

Surrounded by lush, unblemished countryside, it seems like Florence should be difficult to get to - but it’s actually a breeze. There’s a very small airport just 3 miles from the city center, and it provides a daily flight to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport - a huge transportation hub that serves flights from around the world. If you want to connect at Charlotte to Florence, check the Florence flight times so you connection goes as smoothly as possible. There’s also an Amtrak train station in Florence, which connects to surrounding cities. Once there, the center is best experienced on foot, but it’s handy to have your own car for exploring the nearby countryside.