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Columbia, SC
Travel Guide

South Carolina State House

Wander the wide boulevards of this graceful city to discover stately homes, galleries, museums, entertainment venues, recreational parks and a zoo with a botanical garden.

Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, sits at the confluence of three rivers. An orderly city made up of tree-lined streets and broad boulevards, the city’s attractions include antebellum homes, art galleries and museums with exhibits to suit all ages. Relax at riverside parks and explore one of the nation’s most renowned zoos as you make your way around the city. Founded in 1786 and all but flattened during the Civil War, today Columbia combines the elegance of a state capital with the youthfulness of a university town.

Start your visit with a tour of the South Carolina State House, which marks the heart of the city. Outside is the African-American History Monument, a commemoration of African-American contributions to South Carolina. From this point in the center of Columbia, streets lead in all directions to major attractions and historic landmarks. Peek inside the rooms of the Governor’s Mansion, one of the few buildings to survivor Civil War destruction.

Browse a comprehensive display of art, natural history, science and technology exhibits at South Carolina State Museum. See work by American and European artists at the Columbia Museum of Art and take the family to enjoy the hands-on and educational exhibits at the EdVenture Children’s Museum. Learn about South Carolina’s military history at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

Take advantage of the city’s extensive collection of green spaces. Spot colorful wildlife and plant species at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. Stroll along the banks of three rivers at the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. Find picnic sites, sports fields and walking trails at Earlewood Park. Mingle with students on the lawns of Gibbes Green, at the University of South Carolina.

Columbia is a city that loves its sports. Experience some of this passion while watching basketball at the Colonial Life Arena, baseball at Founders Park or football at Williams-Brice Stadium. For a change of pace, take in some of the city’s cultural offerings at venues such as the Columbia Marionette Theatre or the Workshop Theatre. Spend an evening bar hopping in the neighborhoods of Congaree Vista and Five Points.

Reach the Columbia from other major U.S. cities via the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Amtrak train arrive from all corners of the state. With mild winters, hot summers and downtown attractions confined to a small area, Columbia is an ideal city to traverse on foot.

Where to stay in 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 $119 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Downtown Columbia, this hotel is steps from University of South Carolina and Carolina Coliseum. Colonial Life Arena and Columbia Metropolitan Convention ...
4.3/5Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Loved the customer service and cleanliness of the whole facility. Thank you!!"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC
Embassy Suites Columbia - Greystone
Embassy Suites Columbia - Greystone
3.5 out of 5
200 Stoneridge Dr, Columbia, SC
The price is $125 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Three Rivers Greenway and Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Riverbanks Botanical Garden is 1.3 mi (2.1 ...
3.7/5Good! (960 reviews)
"Super family friendly! Staff was super nice and my son loved the reception in the evening and free breakfast. Would highly recommend for families to come here!"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Embassy Suites Columbia - Greystone
Graduate Columbia
Graduate Columbia
4 out of 5
1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC
The price is $139 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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! (954 reviews)
"We loved staying at the Graduate! The staff was wonderful and the hotel is lovely! It was my own fault for assuming but there was no coffee maker in the room or breakfast options downstairs like I had thought, but we still enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Graduate Columbia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Historic Selwood Cottage
The Historic Selwood Cottage
Columbia, SC
The price is $120 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 13
Situated on a river, this cottage is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Saluda Shoals Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Murray and Dreher Shoals Dam. Irmo Community Park ...
5/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Excellent
"Excellent"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

The Historic Selwood Cottage
Rustic Waterfront Cabin Lake Wateree
Rustic Waterfront Cabin Lake Wateree
Ridgeway, SC
Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Wateree Lake and 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from Lake Wateree State Park. Woodward Park and Bethesda ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)
Another taste of Heaven..
"This is our second time staying here and it gets better every time we stay. Beautiful house, great landscape and beautiful waters. Fishing was excellent, if you want a place with peace and quiet and a beautiful atmosphere, stay here..D.Granger is the best!.."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Rustic Waterfront Cabin Lake Wateree
Jim & Mary's
Jim & Mary's
Columbia, SC
The price is $145 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in Columbia, this historic vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, University of South Carolina, and Township Auditorium. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Nice clean little house
"Great experience! Convenient to downtown Columbia."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Jim & Mary's
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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