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Anderson, South Carolina Travel Guide

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Anderson, South Carolina was named for Robert Anderson, a Revolutionary War leader. Anderson, the county seat of Anderson County, is located in the northwestern part of South Carolina, in an area known as The Upstate region.

Anderson has committed a great deal of time to the re-development, and careful preservation of its downtown. In fact, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it was the first city in South Carolina to be named a Preserve America City. Visitors can expect to find tree-lined streets, immaculate sidewalks, carefully maintained open garden spaces, and a variety of specialty stores that must be browsed. Anderson has a vast selection of eateries waiting to be explored. Delis, bakeries, and a few outfits that specialize in "home-cooked" meals beg for a tasting. There's even an outstanding Irish Pub. The Farmer's Market is a sure bet.

Cultural opportunities include theater productions, the well-stocked Anderson County Museum, and the Anderson County Arts Center (located in a Carnegie Library.)

At the center of Anderson's recreational opportunities is Lake Hartwell. The Lake's 960 miles of shoreline offer a range possibilities. A few favorites are camping under tall pines, boating and fishing on 56,000 acres of water, and hiking through a variety of trails.

Anderson is located along Interstate 85.


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