Ready to get away? Start planning the perfect road trip to Rock Hill, South Carolina. Just a half-hour south of Charlotte, this city is bursting with arts, culture, and a burgeoning culinary scene. It will also be home to the Carolina Panthers Headquarters and Training Facility, which will open in 2023. Not sure where to start? Let us plan your weekend for you!
Where to stay:
Looking to stay close to downtown? Check out the brand new CAMBRiA Hotel Rock Hill or our newly renovated bed & breakfast, East Main Guest House. Looking for a specific brand? Check out one of our other preferred hotels.
Just getting into town? Drop off the bags at the hotel and head out for a night inside Old Town Rock Hill.
Start with a cocktail at Sky Bar 354, CAMBRiA Hotel's rooftop bar. Make sure you get there by sunset for the perfect picture of your trip! We know you're hungry, so make your way to dinner at Kounter on Main Street. Be amazed by Chef Rob Masone as he whips up culinary creations right before your eyes! Don't leave without trying the smoking tuna poke appetizer, it's sure to wow your entire table. Reservations on the weekend are encouraged. While you're there, make sure to learn about the history of the Friendship 9 and the 1961 "Jail, No Bail" sit-in. This location is actually a stop on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.
Not ready for the night to end? Just a few doors down and across the street, you'll find Ay Papi! Tacos and Tequila. With a unique and premium bar, this location is perfect for a craft cocktail. We suggest snacking on churros! Now time for some fun, make your way down to Player 1Up, titled a "barcade." For just $5 you can have unlimited play at their vintage arcade games. From pac-man to pinball, there's sure to be a game you'll fall in love with!
Need to fuel up for the morning? Start your day at The Mercantile HQ's Jackass Cafe, Knowledge Perk or Amelie's for the perfect cup of joe and a pastry before you head out for the day! Looking for a full breakfast? Stop in at Sweet Tea Cafe for the perfect fish and grits!
Then, immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Rock Hill! Set up a guided tour of the White Home to learn about the history of Rock Hill and visit the African-American Business District Monument and Freedom Walkway. Get artsy with a stroll through the Center for the Arts and Gettys Center galleries. Or take the self-guided Women's Art Initiative "Drive the Arts" tour.
Time for lunch! Head to Common Market for made-to-order deli sandwiches and an extensive craft beer and wine selection or fuel up at Legal Remedy Brewing with their incredible farm-to-table-inspired menu. You can even rent a Comporium bike to get you there. If you're visiting between April and November you'll find the Old Town Farmer's Market here on Saturday mornings from 8 am to Noon!
Continue on your bike adventure with a trip to Glencairn Garden. This 11-acre city park is a true gem and started as a backyard garden in 1928! Take a stroll through the mid-century-style fountains and blooms. Mid-April is the best time to see the Azaleas!
Ready for a mid-afternoon drink? Pick up your YoCo Brew Trail Passport at any of the participating breweries for a chance to earn a custom YoCo Brew Trail pint glass! You can also take a tour of York County's first legal distillery since prohibition, Sleeping Giant!
With the weekend almost over, you'll want to grab a gift to take back home. Shop till you drop at one of our unique boutiques, including Mercantile, Overhead Station, Hickory Post, Chic Boutique, and Rock Hill Pottery.
Ready for dinner? Make a reservation at The Flipside Restaurant off Caldwell Street. With a charming atmosphere and stellar food, you'll be blown away by these southern classics. Owned by Jon and Amy Fortes, a South Carolina Chef Ambassador, definitely know their way around a kitchen. Our recommendation? Try the braised short ribs or the shrimp and grits that were featured in USA Today's 10 Best!
For your final day in town, take in the sights outdoors. Rock Hill's Mural Mile makes everything a little brighter in Rock Hill. From larger-than-life dreams to road murals with a message, you'll find these public art pieces fascinating.
Make your way out to the Riverwalk development for some of your final activities. Start with brunch at the Pump House! Take in the sprawling views of the Catawba River four stories up while you sip mimosas. You can't go wrong with crab cake benedict or a sweet tea fried chicken sandwich! Looking for a more casual option? Stop in at Legal Remedy Brewing's Riverwalk location for farm-to-table specials or visit Brass Tap.
We know you filled up, so stop in at Azure Sky Boutique and do a little shopping with locally sourced gifts. Stretch those legs before you get back in the car! Take a stroll along the 2.9 miles of paved Piedmont Medical Center Trail in Riverwalk. With scenic views of the Catawba River the entire way, this walk will likely convince you to visit again soon!
Don't forget to document your trip on social media! Tag us in your photos @VisitYorkCountySC and use #YorkCountySC on Instagram for a chance to be featured!