As National Travel & Tourism Week comes to a close today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves the travel industry has a measurable and purposeful impact on our lives, businesses and the nation's economy as a whole. For the Columbia region, the tourism industry brings in 4 million visitors for a $1 billion impact on the local economy.

As a part of National Travel & Tourism Week, we'd like you to be a "tourist in your own town" and explore all of Columbia, SC's hot spots this week! We'll be highlighting things to do and places to go, so stay tuned to our blog, Facebook or Twitter pages for more details.

Today, create your adventure in Columbia, SC, The New Artistic Hot Spot!

columbia museum of art
Stroll through the incredible collection at Columbia Museum of Art, including a Monet and the only Botticelli in the United States. And because admission is free on Sundays, it's a perfect way to spend time with your mom on Mother's Day.

public art
Walk in any direction in the Columbia region and you'll find influences of its talented art community. Snap a selfie in front of one of the many murals around town, like Generations by Eric Lake. Be sure to stop by a Columbia landmark, Tunnel Vision by Blue Sky, or one of his other murals around town.

art galleries
In a city that attracted Jasper Johns to study and Georgia O'Keefe to teach, it's easy to understand why plenty of our local artists are celebrated nationally and internationally. Experience the Columbia region's vibrant art scene at one of many superb art galleries. You can visit our main website for a complete list of art galleries in Columbia, SC.

theater & dance
Get your tickets for the matinee performances today for "Shrek the Musical" at the historic Town Theatre"Young Frankenstein" at Workshop Theatre or "The House of Blue Leaves" at Trustus Theatre.

live music
Head over to Conundrum Music Hall and check out the incredible vocals and finger-style guitar of Frederick Ingram and friends. Also, Keith Sweat and Joe will be at Township Auditorium for their All About Love Mother's Day concert. Find a complete list of concert venues in Columbia, SC on our website.

For more artistic things to do in the New Artistic Hot Spot visit our main website at

Share your hometown tourist moments by posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #nttw14, #famouslyhot and #traveleffect. We might just show off your pictures on our social media!