Anderson (South Carolina)
Anderson is a city in South Carolina.
Anderson boasts a regional airport geared for small passenger planes. Interstate 85 runs through Anderson county with several exits (27 and 19 and more) that place drivers in the center of popular areas of the town. US Routes 29, 76, and 178 also run directly though the city center. Numerous state highways (81, 24, 28) make it easy to access the town as well.
The city of Anderson has a bus transit service that runs in the city. The bus makes several stops at popular locations including the Anderson Mall, both Wal-Marts (Brown Road/Clemson Blvd and Hwy 28) and includes a transfer location (Brown Road Clemson Blvd Wal-Mart) with the Clemson Area Transit that takes passengers to Clemson University and Tri-County Technical College.
The Great Southeast Balloon Festival is held in Anderson on Labor Day Weekend. Among other things, one of the most popular tourist destination spots is Lake Hartwell. The lake is one of the largest in South Carolina and the largest lake on the Savannah River. The lake is fully recreational and residential and has many access points that include Darwin Wright Park, Brown Road, Sadlers Creek State Park, Portman Marina, Big Water Marina, and many others across the Western and Central Parts of the County. Anderson is very proud of its mall. The Anderson Mall is located on Clemson Blvd in what has become the heart of the uptown business district. The mall features several major chain stores such as Dillard's, J.C. Penny, Sears Roebuck, Belk, and Books-a-Million. The mall features many other smaller stores both chain and individually owned stores. The food court is small but offers selections such as Chick-fil-a, Sabarro, and Great American Cookie. Downtown Anderson Has recently undergone massive renovations and revitalization projects. This includes the rebuilding of sidewalks, changing traffic patterns, reconstructing courthouse square, attracting new business, renovating old buildings, and adding a new park in the heart of downtown. The downtown boasts many great restaurants. Most of which are locally owned. The restaurant choices range from pizza to all-american food.
Anderson, although not as large as neighboring Greenville, does have a growing selection of shoppes, restaurants and novelty stores. Several antique stores adorn downtown while consignment and embroidery shoppes adorn the uptown area. The Anderson County Museum features several exciting exhibits about Anderson's past including the cotton era and the first electrical transmission over long distance power lines from Portman Shoals. Lake Hartwell is also popular with both tourists and residents alike.
Many restaurants are in Anderson. Some of which are chain restaurants and others being locally owned restaurants. Popular choices include Longhorns, Chillis, Texas Roadhouse and Logan's (on Clemson Blvd). Locally owned restaurants such as J Peter's and Da Vinci's in Downtown and Greenville Street have received very good reviews. For lunch, longtime family run restaurants like Pete's on Concord, Arnold's, and JC's offer traditional menu selections including hamburgers/cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, hot dogs, and many others.
Anderson has few bars. Most drinking occurs only in restaurants. However, there are some downtown including Club Havana, The Den, and Johnny Angells. Alcohol is not sold on Sunday.
Other hotels include the Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, and Best Western on Interstate Blvd along with the intimate Bleckley Inn looking over downtown Anderson.
Anderson often earns a reputation as being a dangerous city. This, however, is not the case. Most crime activity occurs in poorer neighborhoods that are on the southeastern/western edges of the city. However, most all tourist destinations including Lake Hartwell, the Mall, and downtown are very safe and patrolled regularly by the city police, and sheriff. As with any city, caution should be exercised at night around the southern part of town. People should not go into poorer areas after dark as this is where crime occurs. These areas, however, should not be a concern for tourists.
The most "popular" christian denomination is Southern Baptists. SBA churches include First Baptist (307 Manning Street), Orrville (2620 S Main), Concord (1012 concord Road), and many others. Presbyterian churches include First Presbyterian (302 Whitner Street), and Central Pres (1404 N Blvd). St. Josephs Catholic Church is located on Marchbanks avenue across from McCants Middle School.