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1. The sports

There are sporting events happening during every season of the year. The most popular time of the year for tourism and sports is, of course, football season in the fall. During the fall is also a great time to enjoy a Clemson soccer game at the historic Riggs field. After football season, comes basketball and baseball season in the spring. It doesn’t stop there! In the summer, there are various camps offered to the public that are in relevance to the sports played during the school year. Whether you’re at Memorial Stadium, Doug Kingsmore Stadium, or Littlejohn Coliseum, you are bound to have an exciting experience!

2. The hospitality

Due to the massive amount of people visiting the Clemson area, it is necessary to have various hotel options to accommodate visitors. It is important to the hospitality industry in Clemson to help those visiting have the best possible experience that they can. There are many hotels in the area that help add to Clemson’s reputation of being one of the most hospitable places. Some of our most popular hotels are: The Inn at Patrick Square , Courtyard by Marriott , Inn @ Clemson, The Abernathy, and many more!

3. The food

We may be a bit biased, but all of the restaurants in the Clemson are worth giving a try! There are restaurants for every type of cuisine. The most popular in each category are: Esso for classic American food, Mellow Mushroom for pizza , El Jimador for Mexican, BGR for burgers, and many more. The possibilities are endless!

4. The waterfalls

Many beautiful scenic waterfalls can be found in the Clemson area. Some require hard work to get to while others require little work at all. Of the more easily attained waterfalls in the area are: Brasstown Falls, Chauga Narrows, Riley Moore Falls, and Rock Cliff Falls. Each of these waterfalls requires a hike to get to them, but it takes less than 20 minutes for each one. Some of the harder attractions to get to include: Big Bend Falls, Bee Cove Falls, and Laurel Fork Falls. Hikes to these waterfalls can range from 2-8 hours and is recommend to be done with extreme caution.

5. The nature

Nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful parks that the area has to offer. Some of most popular being the Botanical Gardens, Table Rock State Park, and Devils Fork State Park. Each park has their own unique features. The Botanical Gardens is a park that has miles of beautiful flowers to view at any time of the year. It is perfect for a Sunday afternoon exploring session! Table Rock State Park has several trails for adventurers to try out and provides a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Devils Fork State Park provides a great view of Lake Jocassee and can only be accessible by boat. If you do not own one, you can rent one at various locations in the Clemson area. It is worth the adventure to first-hand witness these gorgeous views!

6. The lakes

Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell are two of Clemson’s most well-known lakes that locals and visitors enjoy spending a day in the sun on! There are multiple services that provide boats and paddleboards available for rent. Those are: Hartwell Boat Rentals, Lake Hartwell Paddleboard and Kayak Co., and Lake Keowee Marina.

7. The recreational opportunities

We love promoting health and wellness. That includes activities relating to trails, parks, and sports. If you are wanting to break a sweat and exercise you can do so by hiking Table Rock State Park, play a game pick-up game of soccer in Abernathy Park, or golf a few holes at Walker Course.

8. The history

Clemson is more of a historic area than people would think! The university itself holds so much historic value and each building and space on campus has its own unique backstory. Bowman hill is an iconic place that is in front of yet another well-known location, Tillman Hall. Almost anywhere you go, there will be a historically significant building.

9. The agriculture

The promotion of agritourism in the Clemson area is important to local business! They like to promote their locally grown produce at the Clemson Farmers Market, the Azalea Festival, and at Hagood Mill-every third Sunday of the month.  Attending these events will help support our local businesses and provide a fun and “unique to the area” experience.

10. The locals

Last, and definitely not least, one of the greatest aspects about Clemson is the southern hospitality that is shown to anyone visiting. You could be from out of the state or out of the country and there will always be a local to welcome you to this special town.

The area of Clemson is a beautiful community year round and it will make you feel like it can be your home away from home. If you would like to know more about the topics spoken about in this column, there are separate tabs on the website that can give you more information!

posted 9/27/2017