Springtime, from March to May, is the ideal time to visit Florence, with pleasant temperatures and flowers in bloom. The festival and event season also begins, such as the Pecan Farmers Festival, the Florence AfterFive street music festival, as well as the Artfields music and food festival.
Flight and hotel prices in Florence are at their lowest during the off season between December and February. Most of the locals will be enjoying the festive season, and plenty of empty hotel rooms will allow visitors to try their hand at bartering for a lower price. Flight costs will also remain at a yearly low throughout these months.
Florence is a city in Florence County and it was founded as a railway hub, connecting the area to the surrounding cities of Effingham, Lake City, and Marion. Florence is both populous and highly modern, with plenty of attractions and shopping destinations. The city has received several internationally recognised awards over the years, including the “All-American City” presented by the National Civic League. Much of the Florence city centre has the American colonial architecture style which is rife throughout South Carolina, and many historical attractions can still be seen throughout the area. The city is located close to North Carolina, with plenty of transport links to cities throughout the east coast of the US. As a cultural and commerce centre of South Carolina, Florence is littered with museums, historic sites, and plenty of modern attractions and activities, including shopping streets and restaurants. Florence city centre is concentrated with plenty of restaurants offering both local and international cuisine, as well as many family-owned shops for an authentic taste of South Carolina that will surely satisfy shoppers and cultural tourists. Visitors coming to Florence with an appreciation for history and culture will have a wealth of attractions to choose from, including the War Between the States Museum, Columns Plantation, and Florence Veterans Park. Plenty of everyday tourist activities are on offer which will appeal to all, such as the Palmetto Peddlers Antiques Mall, Florence Stockade hiking trail, and Young Plantation, which sells everything from souvenirs, nostalgic items, and food.
Florence includes plenty of highways and interstates for easy access to the surrounding towns and cities. An intercity bus service travels to dozens of locations throughout the city, and the adventurous tourists can take an intercity train to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Jacksonville, Tampa or Miami.
Airport arrivals will land at Myrtle Beach International Airport, and there are plenty of public and private transport options available for direct travel to Florence. Taxi and shuttle prices are fixed, however there are many competing car rental kiosks available where bartering is an option. If travelling by car, the I-7 leads directly to Florence from the airport.