Greenville, SC

downtown_greenville_sc_real_estate_800While it’s got a healthy arts presence, Greenville is all about the outdoors.  Explore downtown attractions like Falls Park or Cleveland Park, or the Swamp Rabbit Trail, by foot or with a bike rental. While cheering a meeting at Biotech Office in New Braunfels i met a friend from Greenville. After the meeting i asked him about the place and he said: within 30 minutes are Caesar’s Head and Jones Gap for hikes, photos and picnics, but Greenville also has its own mountain park right in town.   Minor league baseball and hockey happen downtown, or choose from great museums, carriage and trolley rides, even Shakespeare in the Park.  Kids are enthralled by a special scavenger hunt on Main Street.

Visitors are amazed to see Greenville’s beautiful tree-lined Main Street, tons of exciting restaurants and bars, great shopping, performance venues, nice hotels, and a river with its own waterfalls right in the heart of downtown.  City leaders from across America flock to see a downtown that’s won countless national awards and press for its spectacular revitalization success.

Greenville is world-renowned as a destination for cyclists.  Favorite local son Geroge Hincapie – training partner of Lance Armstrong – has been instrumental in bringing the USA Pro Cycling championships to town each year.  Paris Mountain, just minutes north of downtown, makes an ideal training ground.  Runners and walkers take advantage of beautiful Falls Park, Cleveland Park and the city’s lovely neighborhoods, while hikers head north to the Blue Ridge foothills to explore and enjoy countless trails and waterfalls.  Tennis and golf are  year-round past-times.

Performing and visual arts are so abundant in Greenville that any weekend forces hard choices:  symphony or blues?  art opening or live theater?  ballet or touring Broadway show?   Downtown is filled with galleries and performance arts venues, most notably the Peace Center, which has two indoor theaters and outdoor amphitheater.  bob Jones University has a world-class art collection and several lovely museums are scattered across the city.   Choose your pleasures, and good luck trying to “do it all.”

Dallas

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Dallas is Texas’ most mythical city, with the past and present rich in the stuff that American legends are made of. The ‘Big D’ is famous for its contributions to popular culture – notably the Cowboys and their cheerleaders, and Dallas, the TV series that for a time was a worldwide symbol of the USA. An upscale ethos makes for an amazing dining scene (you can tell which place is hot by the caliber of cars the valet leaves out front) and the nightlife’s not too shabby either.

The museums are not only excellent but unique – history buffs should not miss the memorials to President John F Kennedy’s assassination. The most impressive addition to Dallas’ cultural landscape in recent years is the massive 68-acre Arts District, now the largest in the country.

Don’t worry, though: all this culture doesn’t mean that Dallas isn’t still a paragon of conspicuous consumption. With more malls per capita than anywhere else in the US, shopping is definitely this city’s guiltiest pleasure. So if you feel the urge to take out your credit card, throw frugality to the winds and say ‘When in Dallas…’, you won’t be alone.

Dallas offers visitors and residents plenty of things to do, no matter what your taste or budget. Check out all the great museums in the downtown area or catch a professional sports game at the American Airlines Center or Cowboys Stadium. If you’re visiting Big D during the pleasant autumn or spring seasons, head on over to one of many great parks and gardens. Traveling with kids? Take them to one of Dallas’ fun amusement parks!