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Columbia, South Carolina - top ten reasons!

© By Mary Martin
Columbia, South Carolina likes to toot its own tourism horn. Here are the top ten reasons listed to visit Columbia:
1. Southern Hospitality: in Columbia, southern hospitality is a way of life.
2. Affordability: not only is Columbia full of the aforementioned hospitality, it's also full of things to see and do at a price that you can afford.
3. Dining & Nightlife: you require a full month to enjoy all of the dining & nightlife hotspots found in Columbia's thriving specialty districts with over 450 listed and searchable by cuisine type, price range and location. (see website below)
4. Shopping: Columbia's specialty districts carry an inventory of everything from exclusive labels to one of a kind creations.
5. Outdoors: Columbia is home to a National Park! Congaree National Park hosts a wide array of animal and plant life such as the old growth forest for walks among the ancient redwoods. Lake Murray is Columbia's largest body of water providing tourists and residents endless opportunities for boating, fishing, sailing, jet skiing, and more! Columbia has three rivers flowing throughout the region, perfect for canoeing, kayaking or leisurely strolls along the riverside. For a day at the park, you have 35 parks from which to choose!
6. Museum of Art: is South Carolina's premier international art museum with extraordinary collections of European and American fine and decorative art that span centuries housed in 25 galleries.
7. Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden & EdVenture Children's Museum: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals that represent over 350 worldwide species. It's one of the top rated in the country. EdVenture Children's Museum is the largest children's museum in the South.
8. Performing Arts & Culture: on virtually any night in the region, one may take in a musical, ballet or theatrical performance.
9. History: historical buildings and markers are carefully interwoven throughout the city, blending the old with the new.
10. Festivals: year round, Columbia hosts numerous parades and festivals. The Greek Festival, Jubilee Festival of African Americans, and St. Patty's Day parade are just a few.
     Not bad; ten good reasons for you to visit as have many others because of Columbia's favourable geographical location which enabled it to grow into a center for politics, education, commerce, and transportation within the first generation of its existence. Cotton yielded vast sums of wealth, evident in the homes left behind by plantation owners. With the advent of greater technology such as a canal system in the 1820s and then rail service by 1842, Columbia was a modern city boasting a population of about 6,000 by the mid nineteenth century. A decade later, on the eve of the Civil War, Columbia was the largest inland town in the Carolinas. With 8,052 residents it was twice the size of its closest rival of Raleigh, North Carolina! Now, the metropolitan area has 750,000 inhabitants.
     Famous Columbia Locals include Charles Bolden - America's first African-American astronaut, James Dickey - best known for his novel Deliverance and Doolittle's Raiders - Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, 88 pilots and their crew trained for their famous WW II Tokyo bombing mission in Columbia.
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Mary Martin is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is interested in and writes about world travel.

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