Destination guide

Throw yourself into the great outdoors

It's the outdoorsy goings on around this bite-sized town that entice vacationers to this part of South Carolina, and your Salem vacation rental will put you in a prime position to enjoy them all. Nearby Nantahala National Forest and Gorges State Park, just over state lines in North Carolina, will help you get your hiking fix, while on the other side of town are holiday-friendly Lake Keowee and Lake Joocasee. Don't let the fact that they're man-made reservoirs put you off—they have pristine waters, dramatic mountain backdrops, and adrenalin-raising activities aplenty.

Things to do

Combine countryside thrills with big town chills

Hitting the trails and frolicking in the waters near your Salem vacation rental will keep you plenty busy, but should you find yourself craving some big town excitement, then the nearby town of Greenville is at your service. Tucked into the Appalachian foothills, with the Reddy River twisting through the city center, it's home to just 70,000 people, but punches way above its weight when it comes to boutiques, bars, and fancy dining. Culture fans should hightail it to the County Museum of Art, which has works by Southern artists spanning hundreds of years.


Adrenalin rush on land and in the water

Brush off your hiking boots and polish your kayaks! When you bed down in a Salem vacation rental, you won't be able to resist the call of the wild. Nantahala National Forest has 600 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as areas for off-road vehicle fun and horseback riding. Neighboring Gorges State Park is home to waterfalls, trout streams, and rainforest. At both Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee, you can sail, kayak, and water ski, and with waters so clear, you can even try your hand at scuba diving.


Fun in the South Carolina Sun

Like the rest of South Carolina, Salem has a humid subtropical climate, which means that summers are hot and muggy with regular rainstorms, while winters are short, mild, and pretty dry. Summer highs hover around 90 degrees in July and August, while average winter temperatures tend to peak in the upper 50s between December and February. As a major summer vacation destination, you'll be more likely to score yourself a bargain on your Salem vacation rental between the fall and the spring, as soon as school is back in session.

Natural features

Discover the green heart of South Carolina

Salem itself is a tiny town of around 150 people, with a quiet main drag and a few long residential streets. It's surrounded by lush countryside, hills and greenery, thanks to its position in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. To the north are the thick forests, hills, and streams of both Nahantla State Forest and Gorges National Park, while below are clear lakes of Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee. Head further south and its gets hotter, drier, and flatter as you head towards the beaches of the Atlantic.

How to get there

How to get to and around Salem

The nearest airport is in Greenville, SC (GSP-Greenville-Spartanburg Intl.), located 42 mi (67.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Salem?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 364 vacation rentals near Salem. From 213 Houses to 55 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Salem for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Salem?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Salem:

  • Bear Lake Reserve: 33 vacation rentals
  • Mirror Lake: 189 vacation rentals
  • Lake Sequoyah: 61 vacation rentals
  • Lonesome Valley: 33 vacation rentals
  • Highlands Falls: 43 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Salem?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Salem. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Devils Fork State Park: 1,130 vacation rentals
  • Clemson University: 512 vacation rentals
  • Sliding Rock: 1,208 vacation rentals
  • Table Rock State Park: 456 vacation rentals
  • Western Carolina University: 1,947 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Salem listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Salem?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 213 Houses in Salem. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Salem include:

  • Cabins: 55 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 55 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 56 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Salem?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 93 vacation rentals with pool available in Salem. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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