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Travel To Clemson

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We welcome you to Clemson University for the “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work” conference! Clemson is located southwest of the city of Greenville, South Carolina. The nearest airport is Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP), which is 45 miles from campus off Interstate-85. The campus is about a 2.5-hour drive from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). A third-party commercial shuttle service is available: Airport Shuttle of Clemson. For driving directions, consult Google Maps or the Clemson Visitors Center website.


Visitor Parking, Campus Map and CAT bus

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Like most college campuses, parking is at a premium and rules are strictly enforced. Visitors must park their vehicles in accordance with the campus regulations. Metered Parking is available for $2 per hour, with no permit required. Daily Weekday Visitor Permits can be purchased online for $5 per day, and Weekend Visitor Permits are $8 per weekend. For more information about parking, please consult the Clemson University Parking and Transportation website. A campus map is available that shows parking areas and Clemson Area Transit Bus (CAT bus) routes. The CAT bus is free to visitors, students, faculty and staff. Several routes traverse the campus and the city of Clemson, as well as connecting with the nearby cities of Anderson, Pendleton, Seneca and Central. For more information, call 864-656-4789.


Dining and Lodging

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Clemson offers an array of good food and drink options. A few local favorites are The Esso Club (iconic sports bar, Clemson gathering spot, “meat and three” specials), Solé on the Green (lunch, dinner, cocktails, scenic views and plentiful parking), Rick Erwin’s (steak and seafood, cocktails) and Calhoun Corners and Pixie & Bill’s (both with steak, seafood and Southern specialties). Other popular choices in Clemson are The Blue Heron (seafood, sushi), Brioso (Italian), Yolk (Asian, vegetarian and vegan options), Sardi’s Den (ribs, American pub food) and many choices for pizza. On campus, the dining options include The Fresh Food Company, several national sandwich chains and other casual restaurants, multiple P.O.D. (Provisions on Demand) take-out shops, and three Starbucks locations. In nearby Pendleton, standouts include 1826 Bistro (elegant dining housed in the historic Greek Revival Farmers Hall) and The Smokin’ Pig (BBQ). 

Out-of-town guests who have not yet secured lodging are encouraged to do so soon. The James F. Martin Inn at Clemson University is fully booked for some dates during the conference and several other local hotels have limited availability. However, many rooms remain available in Clemson and nearby towns. For details, please consult an online booking site such as or Trip Advisor.


Nearby Attractions

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At the end of November, temperatures in the Upstate often reach the 50s to high 60s during the day and usually fall below 40 degrees at night. Even in the final weeks of autumn, the South Carolina Botanical Garden offers scenic trails. Outside of Clemson, the surrounding country is known for its spectacular waterfalls, which are described in an online guide. And indoors, The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts is known for the variety of entertainment it brings to the Clemson campus. Conference participants arriving early could attend the Nov. 27 performance by Third Coast Percussion, a professional, classically trained quartet. Tickets can be purchased online.