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Aiken is a city in South Carolina.

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Aiken is located off Interstate 20, only 20 minutes east of Augusta, GA and an hour west of Columbia, SC. Conveniently located only 2 ½ hours from many major southern cities, including Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, Charleston, Hilton Head Island and [Savannah]].

Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field is located seven miles from downtown Augusta. Over 200,000 airline passengers per year take non-stop flights via Delta and American Airlines from the Augusta Regional Airport to three major airline hubs, Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Charlotte. Non-stop flights to Washington-Reagan will commence in early 2020. In addition, rental cars are available from most major companies. Approximately 30 minutes from Aiken. 1501 Aviation Way Augusta GA,

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Drive about 20 minutes to Redcliffe State Historic Site, beautiful plantation home and grounds. Tours on the hour. Incredible Tree Collection.

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  • Hopeland Gardens. This 14-acre garden features camellias, azaleas, live oaks, wisteria, dogwood, crepe myrtle and other Southern favorites for year-round beauty. Two wetlands ponds have boardwalks for close-up views of Chinese elms, cypress and other native plants. The Arboretum Trail encourages plant enthusiasts and spectators to discover all of the plants and trees the gardens have to offer. Hopelands Gardens is a designated SC National Heritage Corridor Discovery Site. The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum is on the property. Concerts are held on Monday evenings April - June, times vary. In December, the gardens host Christmas in Hopelands, over 2 miles of lighted pathways, 30 holiday light displays, live entertainment, refreshments, all with free admission.
  • Hitchcock Woods. Located in the heart of Aiken, South Carolina, the Hitchcock Woods is one of the largest urban forests in the nation. With 2,100 acres of forestland and 70 miles of sandy trails, the Woods are a haven for hikers, equestrians, dog walkers, runners, bird watchers and nature lovers and history buffs. The extraordinary beauty of the Hitchcock Woods with its stunning variety of ecosystems is protected forever by a conservation easement held by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the Hitchcock Woods has been designated as a South Carolina Heritage Trust site.

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Aiken is one of South Carolina’s most popular cities, and with its many things to do, it’s easy to see why. The city is full of rich historical attractions and outdoor recreational activities. This is combined with several restaurants that offer delicious dishes and many unique shops. Aiken has a thriving downtown area in which visitors can find a variety of activities, and the city is also host to a number of events throughout the year that showcase some of the best concerts, food, and dance.

  • Aiken's Fall and Spring Steeplechase events are a wonderful way to spend a day seeing the horses fly, spending time with friends, and enjoying the beautiful Aiken weather while tailgating!
  • Aiken Bluegrass Festival. Held annually in May. All proceeds from the Aiken Bluegrass Festival benefit local charities. Consider spending a Friday and Saturday in Aiken this May for bluegrass music, good food, good friends and good times!

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Great Plant Nurseries in the area: look for: specialty woody shrubs at Nurseries Caroliniana, outside of North Augusta. Native plants at Woodlanders in Downtown Aiken. Crinum lilies near Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island [3]

Aiken County Farmers Market operates as the oldest (in continuous operation at the same location) county farmers market in the State of South Carolina. Live oaks now shade the newly restored market while descendants from the early farmers’ families continue to sell their goods on the same tables. The Farmers Market, now as then, is a place where goods are offered for sale and recipes (and stories) are swapped with friends, old and new.

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Funny Fried Fish Place, great fried bream, in the back parking lot of the Baptist Church on Hwy 278 in Beech Island, SC (

The Restaurant At The Willcox. Enjoy a casual, comfortable dining experience at Aiken, South Carolina’s most loved landmark. The Willcox's unpretentious, innovative and addictively delicious menu ranges from burgers and salads to fresh fish and certified Angus beef steaks. Light meals and healthier options also are served, each prepared with care using farm-fresh or organically grown foods bought from regional suppliers. Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m, until 10 p.m. Visit The Willcox for evening entertainment. Every Tuesday, experience the Piano Bar from 6 - 8 p.m. On Thursdays, experience the smooth sounds of Jazz Night from 7 - 9 p.m. (summer months) and 6 - 8 p.m. (winter months). And, live piano is featured every Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m.

Rose Hill. The restaurant features a menu of regional American cuisine, freshly prepared with premium ingredients featuring seafood, steaks, and pork dishes. A separate grill menu and a German menu is available for casual dining in the bar. Also, enjoy our beautiful screened porch and outdoor open pavilion.

Red Pepper Cafe. Locally owned restaurant that features daily specials and assorted desserts for everyone.

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The Alley Downtown Taproom is the number one place for craft beer! They have 48 taps with a variety of beer, ciders, wine, kombuchas, sodas and coffee. Pay by the ounce, or by the pint.

The Aiken Brewing Company You’ll enjoy Aiken's finest in locally brewed ale. A great local gathering spot, you can choose from dining indoors or outdoor. On select evenings,you can enjoy live music and daily specials. You'll always have a good time and lots of fun at the Aiken Brewing Company.

Grumpy’s Sports Pub. An American sports pub.

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  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Aiken, 185 Colony Parkway, +1 803 648-7808, Toll-free: +1 800 228-2800, Fax: +1 803 649-6515, [4].
  • Holiday Inn Express, 155 Colony Parkway, +1 803 648-0999, [5].
  • Carriage House Inn, 139 Laurens Street, NW, Aiken, SC 29801 (Historic downtown), 803-644-5888, [1]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. $103-$135.  edit
  • Hotel Aiken, (235 Richland Avenue West 29801, Aiken), +1-803-648-4265, [2]. Located in the heart of historic downtown Aiken, SC. Is perfect place for both leisure and business travelers alike.  edit
  • Sleep Inn, 1002 Monterey Dr, 803 644 9900. checkin: 2.00PM; checkout: 11.00AM.  edit


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Routes through Aiken
AtlantaAugusta  W noframe E  LexingtonColumbia
ColumbiaLexington  N noframe S  AugustaJacksonville
AthensAugusta  W noframe E  St. GeorgeCharleston

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