Top Things to Do in Charming Aiken, SC
Known for its history, art and Thoroughbred racing heritage, the town of Aiken offers plenty to do and experience all year long. The Country Inn & Suites is located just a few miles from the hub of downtown, where you’ll find pedestrian-friendly streets lined with shops, art galleries and unique restaurants
. Cheer on the Pacers at the University of South Carolina Aiken, an award-winning regional university just nine miles from the hotel. In the area for golf? Aiken offers beautiful courses and is within an easy drive of Augusta National Golf Club, home of the famous Masters Tournament.Don't miss these nearby attractions:
- Aiken Center for the Arts (5.7 miles)
This downtown artists’ hub features juried art shows, dance performances and educational programs. Visit the gallery store to purchase one-of-a-kind pottery, jewelry and other artwork.
Phone: +1 (803) 641-9094
- Downtown Augusta, GA (17 miles)
The beautiful downtown of neighboring Augusta is situated along the banks of the Savannah River, which separates Georgia from South Carolina. Explore the city’s thriving restaurant scene, nightlife hot spots and several art and history museums.
Phone: +1 (706) 724-4067
- Historic Downtown Aiken (5.5 miles)
Wander through the streets of this happening little downtown that offers great restaurants, boutiques, beautiful shade oaks and plenty of festivals throughout the year.
Phone: +1 (803) 649-2221
- Hitchcock Woods (5.3 miles)
Escape for some nature therapy at this mature pine forest that covers 2,100 acres. The wide sandy trails are easy to walk and are ideal for horseback riding as well.
Phone: +1 (803) 642-0528
- The Masters Tournament (26.4 miles)
One of the premier golf tournaments in the U.S. happens each April at the Augusta National Golf Club, just over the South Carolina-Georgia border. Many spectators choose to stay in Aiken and make the short drive to Augusta to watch the pros play.
- Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Hopelands Gardens (4.8 miles)
Aiken’s love for horses runs deep. Celebrate the history of Thoroughbred racing at this unique museum and visit the Hall of Fame to learn about famous horses that have trained in Aiken.
Phone: +1 (803) 642-7631
- USC Aiken (8.9 miles)
Consistently recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the South, USC Aiken is home to 3,500 students and boasts a 15-to-one student-faculty ratio.
Phone: +1 (803) 648-6851
From Columbia, take I-20 West for 55 miles to either exit 22 (Hwy 1) or exit 18 (Hwy 19). Both routes lead into downtown Aiken. From Augusta (Georgia), take I-20 East to either exit 18 or 22.
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