Columbia

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

Baymont by Wyndham Columbia Northwest
Baymont by Wyndham Columbia Northwest
2.5 out of 5
347 Zimalcrest Drive, Columbia, SC
This family-friendly Columbia hotel is located near the airport, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Three Rivers Greenway, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden ...
3/5 (1,161 reviews)
"didn't like the area. My room was clean"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Columbia Northwest
Aloft Columbia Harbison
Aloft Columbia Harbison
3 out of 5
217 Lanneau Court, Columbia, SC
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Columbiana Centre, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Harbison Theatre and Saluda Shoals Park. Riverbanks ...
4/5 Very Good! (420 reviews)
"Aloft hasn’t disappointed me yet."

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2021

Aloft Columbia Harbison
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia, SC
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia, SC
2.5 out of 5
220 E Exchange Blvd, Columbia, SC
Situated in Columbia, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Columbia VA Health System and William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Millwood ...
3.5/5 Good! (975 reviews)
"The lady who checked me in was excellent!"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia, SC
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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Southeast Fort Jackson
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Southeast Fort Jackson
3 out of 5
7340 GARNERS FERRY ROAD, Columbia, SC
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Columbia VA Health System and William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (102 reviews)
"The breakfast was wonderful and very convenient. Made waking up in the mornings less stressful. The staff at all times from the front desk, breakfast staff, and housekeepers were exceptional! Thank you for a wonderful stay."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Southeast Fort Jackson
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown
3 out of 5
1203 Pickens St, Columbia, SC
Located in Downtown Columbia, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of South Carolina and Township Auditorium. Columbia Metropolitan Convention ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (96 reviews)
"Nice property, larger than I thought. Great amenities and open space."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown
Kasa Columbia Soda City Market
Kasa Columbia Soda City Market
3.5 out of 5
Taylor Street 1217, Columbia, SC
Located in Downtown Columbia, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Intermedical Hospital and Township Auditorium. University of South Carolina and Columbia ...
3/5 (5 reviews)
Meh…not that great.
"The room needed some maintenance badly. Pets stay in this apartment a lot as we could tell because we found pet hair EVERYWHERE. It was not swept well at all. We found a dogs chew toy left behind that had rolled under the bed. There was damage to the wall in shower, plus it was not cleaned. 2 of ..."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Kasa Columbia Soda City Market
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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