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36 Hours in Columbia, South Carolina

I didn’t know how much I wanted to visit Columbia until the first time I visited. South Carolina’s capital city features block after block of fine dining and dive bars, museums and entertainment venues, outdoor recreation and unique shopping. The city has a little bit for everybody and a lot for anybody, and it certainly left an impression on me with a three-day visit. But what could you do with just thirty-six hours?

The Unexpected Riverside Park in Columbia, South Carolina

I had spent three days exploring the state capitol of South Carolina from the Riverside Zoo to the University of South Carolina and everything in between. But on the last morning before I left town along my road trip I made a stop at Riverside Park. I found a completely unexpected, beautiful park teeming with blue herons and great egrets. I ended up spending hours sitting by the roaring water snapping photos with a big grin on my face.

My 10 Favorite Travel Photos of Columbia, South Carolina

I only had three days to spend in Columbia so I didn’t waste any time getting to the good stuff. The South Carolina capital had always remained an intersection of interstates for me but this time I took the scenic route in, and out, as I explore the city. I found an exciting zoo, chased lightning across rooftops of parking garages, visited a state park, toured the State House Building, and explored an amazing museum. I need to go back again soon.

Touring the South Carolina State House in Columbia

At the heart of downtown Columbia the South Carolina State House is the seat of government in the state. The beautiful building houses the governor’s office, House and Senate chambers, and dozens of other rooms. It is also recognized as a South Carolina state park and visitors can take free guided tours of the building to see the gorgeous interior, learn about the history of the building, and visit different rooms.

Exploring the Original Waterworks Building in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia has a lot to offer: the only national park in the state is just thirty minutes away, the downtown area has lots of shopping, restaurants, and a vibrant night life, and the rivers provide a few ways to get out on the water. But one of the more interesting things to explore in Columbia is the original waterworks building at Riverfront Park. This historic building is freely open for exploration and offers some beautiful views of the Congaree River and Columbia Canal right in the heart of downtown.

Christmas Destinations

Christmas is my favorite holiday! That’s why each year I work on creating a travel guide on shopping and exploring a new Christmas destination.