Columbia, South Carolina, was established in 1786. Its location on three rivers was important to the region and to the state’s economic growth and development. The city became home to the state capital and it is the largest city in South Carolina.
Visitors can walk through the beautifully landscaped Capitol grounds, stroll along Riverfront Park or the historic Horseshoe at USC, enjoy an outdoor concert at Finlay Park or paddle in a canoe down the Broad River.
The Three Rivers Greenway offers a nature getaway in the city. Just paces away from everything urban — hotels, upscale restaurants and shopping centers — you have access to a lush getaway in the form of the Three Rivers Greenway.
The Congaree National Park is located about 20 miles from Downtown Columbia and houses a museum quality exhibit area within the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, a 2.4 mile boardwalk loop trail, over 20 miles of backwoods hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and more.
You may choose to add a few days to your trip to relax at one of South Carolina’s fabulous beaches or to visit Charleston, SC, one of America’s oldest cities and recently named the top destination in the world by the Conde Nast Traveler 2012. You may decide to explore the state’s Jocasee Gorges on beautiful Lake Jocassee or go whitewater rafting on the wild and scenic Chattooga River. From the mountains to the sea, South Carolina is home to many stunning natural beauty and important historic landmarks.