South Carolina’s capital city, Columbia, has emerged from the coast’s shadow as an awesome getaway in its own right. Now, while Cola’s charms are still relatively undiscovered, may be the best time to go.
It’s South Carolina’s most populous city and the home of its largest university, but as a tourist town, Columbia doesn’t register. Foodies head to Charleston. Families flock to Myrtle Beach. Greenville, poster child for downtown revitalization, gets the nice press. Meanwhile, Columbia only grabbed the spotlight in 2015 when the state legislature removed the Confederate flag from its longtime perch on state house grounds.