Columbia is South Carolina's state capital and a popular destination with an incredible history to be discovered; with an antebellum mansion, a former slave girl's abode and plenty of museums to visit. Columbia is great for families too; featuring a large zoo and botanical park, and EdVenture, the biggest children's museum in the Southern states, as well as a national park and a number of city parks.
The University of South Carolina campus is also worth a visit, and if you are there in the Fall, it is highly recommended to go see some college ball, though tickets can be like gold dust.
When you fly into Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) there are extremely limited public transportation options, so renting a car or taking a taxi or limousine service is recommended. The airport is only five miles southwest of downtown Columbia, so it is a short journey into town.
Check out downtown's Five Points for a lively area popular with students for decently priced eats and drinks, plus local boutiques and quirky stores. Alternatively head to the chic Vista area for a more upmarket vibe, favored by local professionals, for some great restaurants, bars and atmosphere.
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