Planning Your Perfect Trip To Columbia

From where to stay, which neighborhoods to visit and the best way to spend a weekend in Columbia.

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This guide is the perfect place to start when planning a trip to Columbia, SC. Whether you are visiting the capital city for a USC event (like a campus tour, graduation or football game!), a ceremony at Fort Jackson, for government business or maybe you can’t get enough of the capital city. We share everything from where to stay to which restaurants are worth a visit!

Brick entrance to Graduate Hotel Inn at UofSC hotel on University of South Carolina's campus

Where To Stay in Columbia

This guide shares our favorite picks for hotels and various neighborhoods to stay in Columbia.
A Guide To Hotels
Exterior of the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia's Main Street District.

Get To Know Columbia

Our visitor’s guide to Columbia, SC is full of information about this great capital city.
City Guide

Things To Do In Columbia

Zebra at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC

Riverbanks Zoo

Don't miss Columbia's world-class zoo! It's close to downtown and is filled with amazing animals and impressive habitats.
More About Riverbanks
Soda City market shoppers with the State House in the background

Soda City Market

Rain or shine, Main Street is transformed into the charming, family-friendly Soda City Market complete with local artists, bakers, food trucks, coffee, music and more.
Guide To Soda City
The South Carolina State Museum Entrance in Columbia, SC

SC State Museum

From a Megalodon replica and a dinosaur gallery to a full-size train replica, you'll love exploring and learning about the history of our state.
More On The State Museum

Explore Our Neighborhoods


Visiting Columbia With Kids

Adventures for the whole family await in Columbia.

Don't miss our guide to the kid-friendly side of Columbia. From family-friendly restaurants, the best playgrounds and attractions fit for the wildest around.

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Things To Do With Kids Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Columbia's Weather

Exterior of Groucho's in Columbia, SC's Five Points

Guide To Weather In Columbia

Want to know what to expect during your visit? Our guide shares the best (and worst) of the four seasons.