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Columbia Vacations

Columbia, South Carolina's centrally located capital city, is cleverly referred to as Famously Hot. The cheeky nickname refers to its Southern locale and deep roots. You can explore antebellum mansions, enjoy one of the numerous theaters, or soak up the great outdoors during Columbia vacations. This fine city, located near three rivers, lets you try your hand at kayaking or strolling along the river walk. Dating back to the 17th century, Columbia also displays its role in American history with outstanding museums and historical sites. Booking Columbia hotel packages gives you the chance to experience this storied Southern city up close.

Major Attractions

The South Carolina State Museum offers more than historical information, since it intertwines arts, science, and technology into the largest museum in the Southeast. Continue learning about the area at the Woodrow Wilson Family home, or explore Adluh Flour Mills to learn about local agribusiness. The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a great outdoor activity, as is a walk around the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. Book a car rental in Columbia to make it easy to tour the city, taking in everything from the Columbia Museum of Art to the Columbia Marionette Theater.

Festivals and Events

When booking hotels in Columbia , consider planning your trip to coincide with some of the area's festivals. Summer wraps up with an annual Labor Day parade and festival, while another late summer celebration, the Festival of Heritage, is a celebration of arts and music held at the historic Mann-Simons Site. Enjoy brews and music with ColaTown Oktoberfest, at the end of September, with a visit to the River Rat Brewery. The busy late-summer season makes this an optimal time to visit.

Start to plan your trip by searching Columbia vacation packages on Travelocity, where you can save up to $537 when you book a hotel and flight at the same time.

Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Columbia?
You’ll find a fantastic hotel + flight bundle for as little as . With one of our Travelocity vacation packages, a getaway in Columbia has never looked so tempting! Save some time and money and get an early start with packing your suitcases.
How long should my Columbia vacation be?
Your Columbia break can be as short or as long as you would like it to be, but the majority of travelers stay about 2 nights. In the mood to venture off the beaten path and uncover some lesser-known spots? Book an extra night or two and see a different side of this place.
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Columbia?
It’s hard to look past Travelocity when it comes to putting together your Columbia package deal. There are at least 400 airlines and 665,000 properties worldwide to choose from. Lock in your trip now and get ready to tick another exciting destination off your must-see list.
Why should I purchase my Columbia vacation bundle with Travelocity?
Whether you’re planning a weeks-long vacation or a last-minute trip, we have lots of amazing destinations to choose from at a good price. On top of that, we provide 24/7 assistance, quality service and a Price Match Guarantee. Save yourself time and money and secure your dream vacation today.
Will I save money on my Columbia car rental if I bundle it with hotels and flights?
Bundling your hotel, car and flight into a Columbia vacation package is a surefire way to score the best deal. Plus, having your own set of wheels gives you absolute freedom to make your way to all the landmarks you’re eager to see. Sitting 87 mi away from Columbia, Spectrum Center is one place that should feature on your itinerary. Load up the car and make a day trip of it.
What is the best time of year to go to Columbia?
If funds are a bit tight, is a great month to go to Columbia, whereas is the dearest time of the year. is high season. If you’re hoping to dodge the crowds, are usually quieter.
Which airport is best for Columbia?
Columbia, SC (CAE-Columbia Metropolitan) sits 7 mi southwest of the heart of Columbia.
What is there to do in Columbia?
Columbia is full of sights to check out, including University of South Carolina and South Carolina State House. These two popular attractions are on most people’s must-see lists.
Where should I stay when visiting Columbia?
You’ll hear travelers recommending Harbison. If you plan to begin your Columbia adventures here, check out the services and amenities at the Extended Stay America - Columbia - Northwest Harbison (2.5 stars) and the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Columbia at Harbison, SC (2.5 stars). Another great area to stay in is Dentsville. Highly rated hotels here include the Red Roof Inn Columbia East - Ft Jackson (2.0 stars) and the Best Western Plus Columbia North East (2.5 stars).

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