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5 Places to Celebrate National Doughnut Day in Columbia SC
Posted on June 2, 2017 at 6:16AM by Columbia, South Carolina
Today is National Doughnut Day (yes, it's a thing). We've rounded up five local spots with unforgettable sweet-and-stickies, so you can celebrate the #RealColumbiaSC way. Oh, and you should ...
What's Hot This June
Posted on May 19, 2017 at 8:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer is on its way and that means there's more time to experience Columbia, SC through a line-up of seasonal events, concerts, exhibits and more! Keep reading for a roundup of things to ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Lee Snelgrove with One Columbia for Arts and History
Posted on May 11, 2017 at 7:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Abby Naas with the Columbia Fireflies
Posted on May 9, 2017 at 10:32AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Chef Mike Davis with Terra
Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:42AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Rita Patel with Hotel Trundle
Posted on May 8, 2017 at 1:20PM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, welcoming ...
Columbia SC's Faces of Travel: Trae Judy with Music Farm
Posted on May 8, 2017 at 7:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week is upon us once more! This year's theme, the Faces of Travel, focuses on the people who make the tourism industry warm, ...
What's Hot This May
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Between the weather, sports, concerts and festivals, there's no reason not to be out and about in the streets of Columbia, SC this May. Read on for a roundup of things to do below, then ...

Columbia Accolades

accolades21.jpgOne of America's Top-Rated Cities

Columbia was ranked 60 out of 354 metro areas in Places Rated Almanac. Criteria: cost of living, climate, crime, transportation, job outlook, education, the arts, health care and recreation. 
Places Rated Almanac, Millennium Edition

Zero Population Growth ranked 239 cities in terms of children's health, safety, and economic well being. Columbia was ranked 93 out of 140 independent cities.

Columbia was selected as one of America's best places to retire. Criteria: Safety, climate, housing, culture and recreation, social compatibility, affordability, medical care, transportation and jobs and/or volunteer opportunities. Where to Retire: America's Best and Most Affordable Places

The Sporting News ranked over 300 U.S. and Canadian metro areas in terms of their sports climate. Columbia ranked 63 out of 322. Criteria included: Stadium quality, accessibility and ambiance, ticker availability, and marquee appeal of athletes.

The Columbia metro area appeared on Forbes/Milken Institute's list of "Best Places for Business and Careers." Ranked 96 out of 200 metro areas. Criteria: salary growth, job growth, number of technology clusters, overall concentration of technology activity relative to national average, and technology output growth. http://www.forbes.com/Forbes/Milken Institute Best Places

Columbia was named as #8 on Entrepreneur.com's list of Hot Mid-Size Cities for Entrepreneurs.

Ladies Home Journal ranked America's 200 largest cities based on the qualities women surveyed care about most. Columbia ranked 41 out of 200. Criteria: crime, lifestyle, education, jobs, health, child care, politics, and the economy. Ladies Home Journal Online, "The Best Cities for Women "

The Columbia Metro area was selected as one of America's "Best Places to Live and Work" by Expansion Management and rated as a "Five-Star Community." The annual "Quality of Life Quotient" measures nearly 50 indicators and compares them among the 329 metropolitan statistical areas in the United States. Expansion Management

Columbia recently scored a victory over its Southeastern rivals by being named the best mid-sized college town in the country. New Jersey-based ePodunk.com's College Town Index, a community information site, evaluated about 160 college towns based on 14 sets of criteria.

The non-profit group selected Columbia as one of "America's 30 Most Livable Communities", Partners for Livable Communities. Criteria: environmental quality; parkland; ability to train new workers; job market; education; and use of the arts for economic development. Partners for Livable Communities.

The Columbia Metro area was selected as one of "America's 50 Hottest Cities" for business relocations and expansions. The area ranked #21. Criteria 80 of the industry's prominent site selection consultants were asked which cities their clients found the most attractive when it came to selecting an expansion or relocation site in 2004. Expansion Management

Columbia was cited as a top metro area for European expansion. The area ranked #7 out of 50, based on European-based company expansions or relocations within the past two years that created at

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Top 10 Visitor Favorites
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Want to feed a giraffe or get cozy with a flamingo? The 170-acre Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 creatures, with even more fun in a three-story ropes course, four zip-lines, nature trails, pony rides and more.
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Art, history, science and discovery collide in Columbia, SC at our many museums. Step back in time at the region’s historic museums, reflect on the finer things in life at an art museum, or find the inner child at the Southeast’s largest children’s museum.
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South Carolina’s only national park is the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the Southeast and contains some of the nation’s tallest trees. Experience the park through many opportunities, including an elevated boardwalk, guided canoe trips and even nighttime hikes.
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The South Carolina State House overlooks downtown Columbia, SC’s Main Street and is a must-see on any trip. The copper Greek Revival dome and Corinthian columns adorn the structure, while six stars mark where Union cannonballs struck the building during the Civil War.
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Located between downtown Columbia and Lake Murray, Saluda Shoals Park offers paved and unpaved hiking trails, kayaking and canoeing on the Saluda River, trout fishing, horseback riding and a splash pad for the little ones.
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This 18,000-seat arena is your ticket to popular music and entertainment, hosting names like Taylor Swift, Red Hot Chili Peppers or Billy Joel, performances by Cirque du Soleil, Gamecocks basketball games, the circus and even more.
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Learn how to sail, kayak or canoe, scuba dive, water ski or just cruise this watery playground. In late summer, thousands of purple martins converge on Bomb Island, the largest roosting sanctuary in North America.
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Whether you’re a Gamecock or an opponent, you’ll enjoy game day in Columbia, SC. Baseball and football fans tailgate in style before heading to the stadium for a frenzied afternoon or evening of jumping to “Sandstorm.”
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Locals agree that Columbia's barbecue, smoky pulled pork smothered in our unique mustard-based sauce, is a must-try on any trip to the region. Most “joints” will offer a wide variety of Southern food, including fried chicken, hash and rice, hush puppies and macaroni and cheese.
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Boutiques, antique stores, and large malls and shopping villages give visitors the opportunity to snag something Southern as a wearable or local product. Try Devine Street, Five Points, the Congaree Vista, Main Street, Village at Sandhill or other hot spots throughout the region.
 

EVENTS

June 26, 2017

South Carolina State House Tours... more

June 27, 2017 - August 27, 2017

ReTooled... more

June 27, 2017 - August 27, 2017

Light Beings... more

June 29, 2017 - July 01, 2017

Trustus Theatre Presents "Rock of Ages"... more

June 30, 2017 - September 17, 2017

That '70s Show: Cool Art from the Collection... more

July 01, 2017

Soda City Market... more

July 08, 2017

The J Henry Jazz Experience... more

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