Columbia, SC, USA

Columbia, SC, USA

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Where to stay around Columbia, SC?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 91 vacation rentals near Columbia. From 56 houses to 0 , find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Columbia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

A capital escape in South Carolina

Charleston may hog most of the limelight in South Carolina, but you’ll see another side of the state when you visit Columbia. This just happens to be the capital of South Carolina, and is a mix of historic grandeur and hip, contemporary appeal. Reclaimed buildings have been given a modern makeover, making the core of the city fascinating to explore on foot. Then there’s the natural beauty all around, not to mention the 3 rivers which course right through the urban center. Columbia vacation rentals will let you settle in, whether you’re after a quaint and cozy bungalow or a modern pad with cool, artsy decor.

Urban adventures in Columbia

Pull on those comfy shoes and get ready to hit the streets, because there’s a host of urban attractions to be found a stone’s throw from Columbia vacation rentals. One of the buzziest areas is Congaree Vista – or just the Vista, if you’re a local. This former warehouse district has been transformed into a lively shopping and arts area, with the old industrial buildings now housing hip bars and restaurants, as well as independent shops and dozens of galleries. After spending hours exploring its nooks, you can chill out at Finlay Park. Sprawling over almost 20 acres, it plays host to various festivals and concerts, and is a fine place to chill out on a sunny day.

Family-friendly fun in Columbia

Columbia is a great place to bring the whole family, thanks to attractions including Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Here, you and the kids can feed giraffes, watch lions roaming the African-style savanna, and come face to face with Komodo dragons. The botanical garden section is just as impressive, boasting 70 acres of ravishing, vividly colorful flowers and plants. Next up, you can take the kids to EdVenture Children’s Museum, where they can land a plane with the flight simulator, present a TV news bulletin, and learn about caring for pets in the vet clinic play area. More grown-up pleasures can be had at the Columbia Museum of Art, which boasts the only Botticelli fresco in the United States.

Fall frolics in Columbia

Temperatures do soar in the summer months, so anyone sensitive to the heat might prefer to make their South Carolina getaway in the early spring or late fall. During these months, you can take advantage of fine, warm, sunny weather, without any discomfort – making these the ideal seasons for exploring the energetic streets and areas of tranquil, natural beauty close to the city,

Hitting the water in Columbia

Columbia is spread across the confluence of the Broad River and Saluda River, which merge to make the Congaree River. The wealth of waterways mean that kayaking is a prime pursuit around these parts. You can also head out of the city center to visit Congaree National Park, a wonderland of pines and hardwoods, complete with miles of hiking trails, and the opportunity to canoe in Cedar Creek. Another natural attraction nearby is Sesquicentennial State Park, where birders can watch the wildlife flying over the wetlands, while also admiring the aromatic flowers and rippling lake.