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Visiting Columbia

Sip your sweet tea real slow in this laid-back Southern city, the capital of South Carolina. If you’ve missed the annual State Fair, you’ll still find plenty to do. History and culture burst from every corner of this one-time home to rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Columbia. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Columbia flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo. ... Read More
Sip your sweet tea real slow in this laid-back Southern city, the capital of South Carolina. If you’ve missed the annual State Fair, you’ll still find plenty to do. History and culture burst from every corner of this one-time home to rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Columbia. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Columbia flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Columbia

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Overview

Written by vampirefan on 10 Oct, 2010

John and I made a return trip to this amazing capital city for the weekend. While our first day was one disaster after another, it ended on a terrific note. After a side trip to the muffler shop, we headed to Adventure Carolinas…Read More


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Frank Lloyd Wright the House Beautiful Exhibit

Written by vampirefan on 23 Mar, 2007

For some unknown reason there will always be a debate over Frank Lloyd Wright and his works and life. Granted Frank’s life was sometimes on the scandalous side. But that certainly doesn’t deter thousands upon thousands of devotees who are great admirers of his work.…Read More


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The Rising High Natural Bread Company

Written by vampirefan on 23 Mar, 2007

When making my travel plans I chose the Natural High because I noticed it was located on Main Street and appeared to be close to the art museum. It sits directly across from the museum, giving it a great location. I was done touring my…Read More


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The Mellow Mushroom

Written by vampirefan on 23 Mar, 2007

After touring the state capital I was exhausted and ready to go home. But once I get going I really don’t want to stop until I get home. I knew I had to eat supper before I left so I headed out to the Mellow…Read More


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SC State House Grounds

Written by vampirefan on 17 Mar, 2007

As if Columbia doesn’t have an incredible State Capital on the inside, the grounds of the building deserve their own entry. And in fact, they even have their own guided brochure. The grounds sit on 18 acres of perfectly manicured and maintained landscapes areas. Judging…Read More


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The SC State House

Written by vampirefan on 17 Mar, 2007

Spending most of my formative young years growing up in South Carolina, I have always known South Carolinians are very proud of their state capital building. Looking in and outside of this splendid structure, you quickly realize why they are. The State House sits at…Read More


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Mann-Simmons Cottage

Written by vampirefan on 17 Mar, 2007

The Mann-Simmons simple cottage sits in stark contrast to the nearby Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Yet its historical significant is just as important as the 2 grand homes. Celia Mann was born a slave in Charleston around 1799. She was one of…Read More


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The Robert Mills House

Written by vampirefan on 17 Mar, 2007

If you read my entry on the Hampton-Preston Mansion then you know it was originally owned by Ainsley Hall. When Wade Hampton became so enamored with the Hampton-Preston Mansion, he purchased it from Hall and promptly booted Hall out. Ainsley sold his magnificent house while…Read More


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The Hampton-Preston Mansion.

Written by vampirefan on 17 Mar, 2007

This dramatic example of Greek Revival was built in 1818 and was the home of Ainsley Hall. But in 1823 when Wade Hampton saw the home, he decided he wanted this grand dame as his own house and asked Hall about selling it. At first…Read More


Mandatory Reading

Written by elynbeth on 01 Dec, 2004

Once you get to Columbia, you'll want to know what is going on during your stay. The best way to find out is to pick up a copy of the free weekly paper, The Free Times. This local paper features great arts and entertainment coverage,…Read More


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