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Downtown Columbia, SC

Columbia
Columbia

A magnet for visitors to the southeast, this compact city is a favorite for its charm, cuisine, historic neighborhoods, world-class museums and pretty green spaces.

Create a customized visit to Downtown Columbia, centered on Main Street in South Carolina’s enticing capital city. Watch an indie film at the Nickelodeon Theatre or view art by Monet. Eat local fare at the weekly Soda City Market or tour nearly 40 properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy shopping, an art walk showcasing the murals of Downtown or a free tour of the historic South Carolina State House.

For art, start with the Columbia Museum of Art, a renovated space showcasing its collection thematically. Browse pieces by topic, time period or culture. Numerous galleries offer stunning collections related to spirituality, identity, heroism and more. The highly regarded museum features impressive Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as an excellent American art collection. Continue your art education outside with a street art tour. Favorites pieces include Middle of Nowhere, Tunnelvision and World’s Largest Fire Hydrant.

Walk to the South Carolina State House, a work of art in its own right. This copper-topped architectural gem, which took more than 50 years to build and features native blue granite, is one of the state’s top attractions. See the Revolutionary Generals Monument, the Palmetto Regiment Monument to the Mexican-American-Mexican War and the African-American History Monument. Stroll through the exterior gardens and tour the inner corridors. Outside, look for six stars along the exterior marking spots where Union artillery hit the building during the Civil War.

The Downtown/Main Street District encompasses 36 blocks, surrounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion streets. Use the complimentary shuttle and COMET public transit system servicing the district. Pay for parking in a public garage or on the street. Look for a City Center Ambassador, wearing a yellow shirt and stationed throughout Downtown, to direct you to wherever you’re trying to go. See how art, music, cuisine and heritage define the Downtown Columbia experience.


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Graduate Columbia
Graduate Columbia
4 out of 5
1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC
The price is $101 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in University Hill, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of South Carolina, South Carolina State House, and Township Auditorium. Colonial ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"The Assistant Manager was amazing. I forgot her name but she was extremely helpful."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Graduate Columbia
Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC
Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC
3 out of 5
630 Assembly St, Columbia, SC
The price is $125 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 21
Located in Downtown Columbia, this hotel is steps from University of South Carolina and Carolina Coliseum. Colonial Life Arena and Columbia Metropolitan Convention ...
4.4/5Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Proximity to UofSC"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista
3 out of 5
511 Lady Street, Columbia, SC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Located in Downtown Columbia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Trustus Theatre, University of South Carolina, and Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (862 reviews)
"It’s a great location, parking (if you have a car) is super easy and free. Layout of room, and if you get the one with a separate area for the commode is a big plus."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Downtown - The Vista, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Downtown - The Vista, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
901 WASHINGTON STREET, Columbia, SC
The price is $120 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in Downtown Columbia, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of North Carolina Mutual Building, University of South Carolina, and Columbia Metropolitan ...
4.3/5Excellent! (45 reviews)
"The area was nice"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Downtown - The Vista, an IHG Hotel
Hilton Columbia Center
Hilton Columbia Center
3.5 out of 5
924 Senate St, Columbia, SC
The price is $140 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 21
Located in Downtown Columbia, this hotel is steps from Columbia Regional Visitors Center and Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. University of South Carolina ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (887 reviews)
"Location is awesome. Staff is welcoming and it is super clean."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Hilton Columbia Center
Aloft Columbia Downtown
Aloft Columbia Downtown
3 out of 5
823 Lady St, Columbia, SC
The price is $130 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Downtown Columbia, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Colonial Life Arena, and South Carolina State ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (451 reviews)
"Clean and convenient."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Aloft Columbia Downtown
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