A place where angel oaks intermingle with giant arching plantation trees and sabal palmettos isn’t just a picture in a coffee table book. The place you’re looking at is Florence, South Carolina, and yes, friend, it’s real enough. It’s a town whose revitalized downtown district, especially the historic area, will have you wandering the streets looking for newly grown tobacco leaves—you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. But fear not, wise wanderer—we won’t make you stay in a tent or beneath the stars, unless that’s what you want. When staying in one of our lovely Florence hotels, you’ll revel in modern amenities against the backdrop of small-town charm.
As you consider where to stay in Florence, remember, there’s something about beginning a new day surrounded by nature. Gentle birdsong, the sight of clouds sailing across the sky, long grass bending in the breeze—it clears your mind and resets a tired spirit. Wake up on the southwest side of the city and take a stroll through Jeffries Creek Park, where moss-covered trees arch overhead like a natural green awning, watching you meander along trails that follow a slow-flowing creek. Have a seat in the covered picnic area and don’t be surprised if you’re joined by ducks gliding in and out of the water in search of their next meal. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let the rising sun warm you for the rest of day.
Do you have a need for speed and the gleam of vintage chrome? Take an easy drive over to Darlington Raceway (commonly referred to by racing fans and drivers as “The Lady in Black”), and wander through their stock car museum. Few places in the country allow you to walk through the history of one of America’s most beloved pastimes. You can almost hear the rumbling engines of some of the rigs on display. An oddly satisfying sound, perhaps because it conveys the kind of gritty hard work you appreciate when the powers of both human and machine unite.
The rumors are true: South Carolina barbecue is scrumptious and tangy, and the Pee Dee region—of which Florence is a hub—is famous for this smoked delight. When you get a bite of slowly smoked pork smothered in sauce, you’ll notice a little kick. Yes, traveler, that’s the marriage of mustard and red pepper, and it gives the region’s barbecue its signature spice and earthiness. Complement these flavors with creamy shrimp and grits or go full surf-and-turf by starting your meal with frogmore stew. You’ll find plenty of dining options near downtown along East Palmetto Street.
Are you ready to experience what down-home southern comfort is truly all about? Book yourself a stay at one of Travelocity’s cheap hotels in Florence and become one with the natural beauty of “The Palmetto State.” With our price-matching guarantee, we promise that you’ll find the best price here or we’ll match it and make up the difference.