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Best time to take a vacation to Columbia

  • Best Time to Go

    The best time to schedule flights to Columbia is during the spring, when the South Carolina orchards and gardens flourish. Temperatures usually sit between 50°F at the coolest and 80°F at the warmest. The climate is considered humid and subtropical, which means that anyone getting off their flights to Columbia during the summer will be greeted with a heat wave of an average 86°F. Winter temperatures can fall below freezing. December and January may see short snowfalls and freezing rain. August and September frequently see hurricanes, making flights to Columbia during this time less desirable.

  • Best Time to Go

    The best time to schedule flights to Columbia is during the spring, when the South Carolina orchards and gardens flourish. Temperatures usually sit between 50°F at the coolest and 80°F at the warmest. The climate is considered humid and subtropical, which means that anyone getting off their flights to Columbia during the summer will be greeted with a heat wave of an average 86°F. Winter temperatures can fall below freezing. December and January may see short snowfalls and freezing rain. August and September frequently see hurricanes, making flights to Columbia during this time less desirable.

Insider tips for Columbia travel

  • Pasta Fresco

    A local favorite, Pasta Fresco is a charming restaurant that serves famously generous plates of authentic Italian food.

  • Nickelodeon Theater

    Catch the best independent and fringe films at Columbia’s non-profit Nickelodeon Theater.

  • Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center

    Take a day off at the Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center, which offers workshops on meditation, special events, and retreats.

  • Columbia’s Art Bar

    As its name implies, Columbia’s Art Bar is the hot place to go for eclectic and artsy music and nightlife.

  • Terra Restaurant

    Experience award-winning fine dining with the best local farmer’s ingredients and sustainable foods at Terra Restaurant.

  • Pasta Fresco

    A local favorite, Pasta Fresco is a charming restaurant that serves famously generous plates of authentic Italian food.

  • Nickelodeon Theater

    Catch the best independent and fringe films at Columbia’s non-profit Nickelodeon Theater.

  • Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center

    Take a day off at the Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center, which offers workshops on meditation, special events, and retreats.

  • Columbia’s Art Bar

    As its name implies, Columbia’s Art Bar is the hot place to go for eclectic and artsy music and nightlife.

  • Terra Restaurant

    Experience award-winning fine dining with the best local farmer’s ingredients and sustainable foods at Terra Restaurant.

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Columbia Vacation Packages

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1 BEST WESTERN Fort Jackson

3 stars
3.7 / 5 60 reviews

240 E Exchange Boulevard Map

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Discover this great Columbia hotel-close to Fort Jackson, University of South Carolina and the State Fairgrounds, newly-renovated! The BEST WESTERN Fort Jackson is an inviting hotel, perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Guests at this South Carolina hotel... More

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2 Days Inn Columbia

2 stars
2.7 / 5 33 reviews

1144 Bush River Road Map

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Welcome to the newly renovated Days Inn Columbia SC We are located right at the intersection of I-26 and I-20 next to Super Walmart. We are minutes away from The Columbia Metropolitan Airport and the Great State Capital of South Carolina. The Days Inn Columbia South... More

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3 BEST WESTERN Executive Inn & Suites

3 stars
3.6 / 5 39 reviews

1720 Bush River Road Map

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Choose this Columbia, South Carolina hotel located close to the University of South Carolina, the Riverbank Zoo and Dutch Square. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Executive Inn & Suites located near Interstate 20 and Interstate 26 in Columbia, South Carolina. This Columbia... More

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4 Wingate by Wyndham Columbia/Harbison

3 stars
4.0 / 5 87 reviews

217 Lanneau Court Map

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Harbison area hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool Wingate by Wyndham Columbia is located in the Harbison area of Columbia, South Carolina, and is easily accessible from I-20 and I-26. Guests staying here enjoy a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment... More

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5 Wingate by Wyndham Columbia / Ft. Jackson

3 stars
3.8 / 5 70 reviews

8300 Two Notch Road Map

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Budget-friendly Fort Jackson, Columbia hotel with free Wi-Fi, breakfastWingate by Wyndham Columbia/Ft. Jackson is located near the intersection of I-77 and I-20 in Columbia, South Carolina. Guests in town visiting the University of South Carolina and Fort Jackson -- the... More

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Budget hotel near Fort Jackson with free breakfast, pool La Quinta Inn MainGateFort Jackson is located just off I-77 on route 76 in Columbia, South Carolina. Guests here enjoy budget-friendly perks like free Bright Side Breakfast and high-speed Internet access. Guests... More

Hotel only $54

At Extended Stay America, guests find a friendly home away from home, whether for a day, a week or a month. Each of our 120 spacious suites offers a fully equipped kitchen, free WiFi, and a flat screen TV with premium channels, with free grab and go breakfast and laundry... More

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Hotel in downtown Columbia near USC with free Wi-Fi, breakfast, pool The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Columbia – Downtown is located just off I-126 and Huger Street in Columbia, South Carolina. Guests mingle at a free daily manager's reception with beer, wine... More

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9 Columbia Marriott

3 stars
3.1 / 5 8 reviews

1200 Hampton Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

Located near the University of South Carolina and in the vibrant downtown area, the Columbia Marriott welcomes guests to experience the finest accommodations in Columbia, SC. Columbia Marriott has remodeled its guest rooms, lobby and public spaces, meeting and banquet... More

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10 BEST WESTERN PLUS Columbia North East

3 stars
3.8 / 5 8 reviews

7525 Two Notch Road Map

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Welcome to the brand new BEST WESTERN PLUS Columbia North East, your home away from home. Our hotel is very convenient for our business and leisure travelers. There are several restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. We are just minutes from the Northeast and... More

Columbia highlights

  • Riverbanks Botanical Garden

    Riverbanks Botanical Garden has a variety of native and exotic plants, from the dry garden, to the rose garden and foliage covered wall-garden.

  • Columbia State Farmers Market

    Columbia State Farmers Market has the freshest of South Carolina fruits and vegetables, like peaches, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes, all sold here in the Farmer’s Shed.

  • Kensington Mansion

    Kensington Mansion is an Italianite Revival style antebellum plantation house featured in Jacob Stroyer’s ‘My Life in the South’.

  • Robert Mills House and Park

    Robert Mills House and Park from the nineteenth century designed was by Robert Mills, who was also responsible for the Washington Monument.

  • Congaree National Park

    Congaree National Park is a spectacular Park protecting the oldest old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the U.S.

  • South Carolina Statehouse

    The South Carolina Statehouse was constructed in the Greek Revival style housing the government of South Carolina.

  • Carolina State Museum

    Carolina State Museum was constructed in the historical Columbia Mill, hosting art, history, natural history, and science exhibitions.

  • Saluda Shoals Park

    Saluda Shoals Park is popular near Lake Murray for hiking, cycling, camping, and canoe trips.

  • Columbia Museum of Art

    Columbia Museum of Art has Exceptional collections of contemporary paintings, classical Impressionist work, furniture design, sculpture, and glass.

  • Hampton

    1. Hampton-Preston House and Gardens is a 1818 heritage home ornamented with handsome gardens.

  • Introduction

    Columbia’s history dates back to the early days of the United States. Once a strictly colonial city, Columbia still remains a historic hallmark of the days of antebellum plantations. Several remaining heritage homes have been transformed into museums, exhibiting the history of the political changes and movements affecting the state of South Carolina. Today, Columbia has a burgeoning community of arts and Southern cuisine. Surrounded by lush subtropical forest, Columbia is as naturally beautiful as it is modern. From the oak-lined campus grounds of the University of South Carolina, to the incredibly painted Tunnel Vision outdoor mural on Hampton Street, flights to Columbia have much to offer its guests.

  • Riverbanks Botanical Garden

    Riverbanks Botanical Garden has a variety of native and exotic plants, from the dry garden, to the rose garden and foliage covered wall-garden.

  • Columbia State Farmers Market

    Columbia State Farmers Market has the freshest of South Carolina fruits and vegetables, like peaches, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes, all sold here in the Farmer’s Shed.

  • Kensington Mansion

    Kensington Mansion is an Italianite Revival style antebellum plantation house featured in Jacob Stroyer’s ‘My Life in the South’.

  • Robert Mills House and Park

    Robert Mills House and Park from the nineteenth century designed was by Robert Mills, who was also responsible for the Washington Monument.

  • Congaree National Park

    Congaree National Park is a spectacular Park protecting the oldest old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the U.S.

  • South Carolina Statehouse

    The South Carolina Statehouse was constructed in the Greek Revival style housing the government of South Carolina.

  • Carolina State Museum

    Carolina State Museum was constructed in the historical Columbia Mill, hosting art, history, natural history, and science exhibitions.

  • Saluda Shoals Park

    Saluda Shoals Park is popular near Lake Murray for hiking, cycling, camping, and canoe trips.

  • Columbia Museum of Art

    Columbia Museum of Art has Exceptional collections of contemporary paintings, classical Impressionist work, furniture design, sculpture, and glass.

  • Hampton

    1. Hampton-Preston House and Gardens is a 1818 heritage home ornamented with handsome gardens.

  • Introduction

    Columbia’s history dates back to the early days of the United States. Once a strictly colonial city, Columbia still remains a historic hallmark of the days of antebellum plantations. Several remaining heritage homes have been transformed into museums, exhibiting the history of the political changes and movements affecting the state of South Carolina. Today, Columbia has a burgeoning community of arts and Southern cuisine. Surrounded by lush subtropical forest, Columbia is as naturally beautiful as it is modern. From the oak-lined campus grounds of the University of South Carolina, to the incredibly painted Tunnel Vision outdoor mural on Hampton Street, flights to Columbia have much to offer its guests.