Expirience Columbia Like a True Southerner

How To Get To Columbia, SC

Travelling to Colombia will surely be an exciting experience no matter where you are coming from. Columbia is located just off of I20 so it is very accessible if you are driving into the city. If travelling by train, the city has a great station which is located about three miles from downtown Columbia and is served by Amtraks Silver Star train. If you decide that flying into Columbia is  a better option for you then you will want to fly into Columbia Metropolitan Airport. This airport sits about five miles from columbia and is the closest major airport to the city. While the airport does see some commercial traffic there are only a handful of airlines that fly into this Metropolitan Airport. American Eagle, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection and United Express are the only passenger airlines that fly into the airport. Uber and taxi services are available in Columbia for those looking to use ride services while visiting.


Where To Stay in Columbia

So now that you’ve made it to town, where in the world should you stay? Well don’t worry because Columbia SC is home to over 95 hotels and 5 bed and breakfast. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular places to stay in Columbia SC.

  • Hilton Garden Inn
    8910 Farrow Rd, Columbia, SC 29203Holding the highest spot on the Tripadvisor website, Hilton Garden Inn offers many amenities including: Free Parking, Room Service, Business Center with Internet Access, Dry Cleaning, Meeting Rooms, Banquet Room, Self-Serve Laundry, Conference Facilities, Laundry Service and friendly Multilingual Staff.
  • Hampton Inn
    101 Woodcross Dr, Columbia, SC 29212

    Sitting at a close second to the Hilton, Hampton Inn has an average review of four and one half stars with over 700 reviews. The amenities offered by the hotel are: Free Parking, Business Center with Internet Access, Free Breakfast, Meeting Rooms, Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly), Dry Cleaning, Laundry Service, Banquet Room, Multilingual Staff, Self-Serve Laundry

  • The 1425 Inn
    1425 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201

    The first bed and breakfast on this list, The 1425 Inn has an average review of 5 stars with over 63 reviews. Guest have mentioned how clean the facility is and its great location. Amenities included at this location: Free Breakfast, Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly), Free Parking, Business Center with Internet Access

  • The Chestnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast
    1718 Hampton St, Columbia, SC 29201

    Another Bed and Breakfast making this list is this gem, The Chestnut Cottage. Offering an average review of four and one half stars with over twenty five reviews this centrally located Inn has garnered great reviews by its guest for its great location and super friendly staff. Amenities included at this location are: air conditioned rooms, home cooked meals, friendly staff.

Enjoy Columbia Like a True Southerner

Now that you have arrived and have settled in to your temporary residence, it is now time to start enjoying the city like a true local. Most people in columbia are southern natives and are very friendly, warm hearted people that are known for their “southern hospitality”. The lifestyle in the south is in most cases very relaxed and you will often find people wearing a very common type of outfit. Shorts are a very common and often everyday staple for those living in Colombia. With a climate that often is warm, shorts are a go to for the locals. Another common sighting is the presence of confederate flag shirts that you will see a plenty. The people wearing these shirts are often rooted in area for many generations and have great pride in being from the south.

While out exploring the city of Colombia you will want to explore the many great eateries in the area. Below are some of the areas top stops when it comes to local cuisine.

  • Little Pigs Barbecue
    4927 Alpine Rd, Columbia, SC 29223

    little pigs scAs many people will argue, the best barbecue comes from the Carolinas. Little Pigs does its best job providing superior barbeque to the Columbia area by having an average rating of four and one half stars with over 415 ratings! Their menu boast the staples of barbeque including: pork plates, pork ribs and chicken plates. With all you can eat buffet style dining you can guarantee you won’t leave hungry. Be sure to visit this southern staple while you’re in town.


  • Alodia’s
    2736 N Lake Dr, Columbia, SC 29212

    alodias columbia scWhen you think of Southern food, many words may come to mind but one that seems out of place is italian. When we think italian, most often we think of the Chicago and New York areas to have some of the best italian restaurants. Well before you go travelling to those crowded cities, be sure to stop in for a great meal at Alodia’s in Columbia SC. Alodia’s boast some of the best italian food you can find in the south with classics like eggplant parmesan and baked ziti you will definitely leave with a happy belly. Reviewers have mentioned the great staff, nice atmosphere and amazing location. Don’t miss your chance to dine at this unique find in the heart of the south.


Things To Do In Columbia SC

Finding activities to occupy your time while enjoying the city of Columbia is not hard because the city is loaded with great places. From visiting the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden to exploring the campus of University of South Carolina you will be sure to find activities to keep you busy during your stay in this great city. Looking for something off the wall to check out, then don’;t miss stopping by the the worlds biggest fire hydrant which is located in columbia.worlds largest fire hydrant columbia