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Columbia, SC, United States

Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, the largest in the state, and offers unique historical and natural attractions 

Typical food

Dishes you can't miss

<p>Shrimp with corn grits</p>,Columbia, SC, United States

Shrimp with corn grits

Boiled and sautéed shrimps seaoned with onion, bell pepper, and ham, bacon, or sausage.

<p>Boiled peanuts</p>,Columbia, SC, United States

Boiled peanuts

Peanuts boiled in salt water and served as a snack.

Typical food of Columbia, SC, United States

Columbia offers a wide range of gastronomic options for all tastes and budgets

The most popular dish in Columbia and all South Carolina is shrimp with corn grits, prepared with local shrimp, boiled, sautéed, and seasoned with onion, bell pepper, and ham, bacon, or sausage. Boiled peanuts are also traditional in any store or market.

Columbia also offers international dishes. You can visit Mr Friendly's New Southern, Solstice Kitchen, Alodia's, or Saluda's Restaurant, among many other restaurants. 


Useful Tips

  • -Stay hydrated, especially in summer

    -Wear warm clothes in winter.

The weather in Columbia, SC, United States

Columbia has a subtropical humid climate with hot and humid summers, mild winters, and warm springs and falls

What to bring by season

January brings the lowest temperatures, with lows of 0 ºC (32 ºF) and highs of 11 ºC (51.8 ºF). July is the hottest month with highs of 32 ºC (89.6 ºF) and lows of 22 ºC (71.6 ºf). April is the driest month, although rains are present throughout the year. January and February can bring snowfalls with ice storms and sleet. 

Bring light clothing, comfortable shoes, a hat or cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen if you travel in summer. Pack warm clothing including long pants, closed shoes, sweaters, warm jackets, a scarf, gloves, and a cotton hat if you travel in winter. You should also bring an umbrella or rain jacket.


About Columbia, SC, United States

Columbia is the capital of South Carolina in the United States. The city is named after Christopher Columbus and lies at the confluence of the Saluda River and the Broad River, which merge to form the Congaree River.

Located 149 kilometers (92 mi) from Charlotte, North Carolina; 183 kilometers (113 mi) from Charleston, and 345 kilometers (214 mi) from Atlanta, Georgia, this city is part of the Midlands area, which comprises several counties and has an important hotel and service infrastructure.

Columbia is the heart of South Carolina, the commercial and industrial center of the state, and home to historic places such as South Carolina State House where President Wilson lived his childhood, and South Carolina Governor’s House built in 1855.

The downtown area includes the Congaree Vista district, home to the Colonial Life Arena also known as Carolina Center, which features concerts and shows; Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and Gervais St lined with historic buildings where you will find art galleries, stores, and restaurants.

Columbia is internationally known for the University of South Carolina, the largest in the state founded in 1801. The USC or Carolina, is an educational research institution with a campus of more than 145 hectares in downtown. Its undergraduate and postgraduate international business degrees have been between the three best programs in the United States for more than a decade.

The five most popular museums in Columbia are the South Carolina State Museum with science, technology, art, and history exhibitions; Columbia Museum of Art offering an exhibition of vintage clothing, conferences, and guided tours; the EdVenture children’s museum; McKissick Museum at the USC about science, history, and art; and the Military Museum.

Other attractions are the Town Theater, Trustus Theater, and The Nickelodeon Theater, all featuring plays for all ages. If you prefer natural areas, you can visit Sesquicentennial State Park or the Finlay, Memorial, and Granby parks with trails and picnic areas. The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is by the Saluda River and is home to more than 2,000 species of animals and plants.

For shopping, you can visit the Columbiana Center, Columbia Place, and The Village at Sandhill. Do not miss the Five Points neighborhood, where you will find stores, art, antiques, and fashion.

***The official currency of the United States is the US Dollar (USD).