Columbia is both the capital city and largest city in South Carolina. It is in the approximate geographic center of the state, and is one of the first planned cities of the US. It is also home to the main campus of the University of South Carolina, and to the Army's Fort Jackson. Located in close proximity to two seemingly forever-growing metros, Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina, Columbia's recent rapid growth indicates South Carolina's capital city is beginning to blossom as other Southern cities have in the past decade.
Most people use a car to get around Columbia, but more pedestrian-friendly areas of the city include downtown, The Vista, the University Hill/USC area, and Five Points.
Siebels House and Garden One of the best gardens in the city. Is free to walk through and surrounds the oldest house in Columbia.
* Fort Jackson, (Located off of I-77), . Fort Jackson is one of the major draws of visitors to Columbia.
* Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street.
* The South Carolina Statehouse.
* Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway.
* South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street.
* Edventure Children's Museum.
* Columbia Museum of Art.
* Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road.
* Memorial Park is a 4-acre tract of land in the Congaree Vista between Main Street and the river.
* Running beside the historic Columbia Canal, Riverfront Park hosts a two and a half mile trail. Spanning the canal is an old railway bridge that now is a pedestrian walkway. The park is popular for walking, running, bicycling, and fishing. Picnic tables and benches dot the walking trail.
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