Aiken, SC, USA

Aiken, SC, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 162 vacation rentals near Aiken. From 106 houses to 17 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Aiken for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Warm welcomes and serious Southern charm

About 30 minutes from the border with Georgia sits the charming little town of Aiken, SC. Its downtown area epitomizes everything about the deep south, complete with quaint, tree-lined streets, live music, and plenty of restaurants, cafes, and nightlife. Aiken also boasts a historic equestian culture, a rich arts scene, and one of the largest urban forests in the US. Look for an Aiken vacation rental in the heart of downtown, or opt for something a bit more picturesque, perhaps set under a lush green canopy of oak trees and Spanish moss.

Thoroughbreds, thorough culture, thoroughly adorable

Aiken's bustling downtown area features a variety of museums, restaurants and bars, as well as a center for the arts, which showcases regular performances, shows, and concerts. Aiken also boasts plenty of local parks, including one of the nation's largest urban forests, and a nature preserve. A variety of festivals are held annually, with its most notable being an Oktoberfest each fall. A regular farmers market offers local produce, meats, cheeses, and baked goods -- perfect for preparing a homecooked meal in your Aiken vacation rental.

Pretty sure we found the most photographed street in the US

While much of Aiken is beautiful, South Boundary's Avenue of Oaks is arguably its most photographed. Located around the corner is Hopelands Gardens, a 14-acre estate turned public garden. In town, a historic museum, train museum, and planetarium are especially perfect for families. The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum highlights one of the area's favorite pastimes, and there's a track nearby for anyone interested in seeing the horses in action. Hitchcock Woods, one of the nation's largest urban forests, offers 65 miles of sandy trails, perfect for dogwalking, birdwatching, and horseback riding.

Visit in the summer if you like it hot, hot, hot

Aiken's weather is relatively moderate and mild for much of the year, except for when the mercury climbs high in the peak summer months. If visiting from May through mid-September, expect plenty of heat and humidity. Think light and airy clothing, and assume you'll make good use of your Aiken vacation rental's AC in July and August. Winters are cool and dry, but precipitation is mostly spread evenly throughout the year. It rarely snows, but it's not unheard of in January and February, so layers are always a good idea.

An urban forest full of flora, fauna, and fun

For being a relatively small town, Aiken has dedicated plenty of land to parks. The 2,100 acres of Hitchcock Woods are available to explore on horseback or on foot, and are worth visiting by anyone interested in learning more about the local flora and fauna. A huge variety of mammals, birds, and reptiles can be spotted throughout the woods, and in spring, the wildflowers bloom throughout. For more floral stimulation, head to Hopelands Gardens for a true break from any hustle and bustle you may experience in town. (Although let's be honest, in the south, everyone does move just a little bit slower).