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Road trip: Columbia, SC for the solo traveler

Looking to see more of SC this year? Columbia offers all you need for a solo vacation.

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From open air, artisan markets to elevated, Southern fare and cozy cocktail lounges, there are more things to do in Columbia, SC than there are hours to do them.

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A new year calls for new experiences. Maybe you’ve resolved to travel more, exert more independence/confidence, or you’re just feeling ready for an adventure. Here’s an idea: Take yourself on a trip to Columbia, SC, a ~1.5-hour drive from GVL.

From outdoor adventure to a buzzing culinary scene and vibrant public art, there’s plenty for the solo traveler to explore and enjoy.

Here are four itineraries we’ve bookmarked to treat ourselves to this year:

For the outdoor adventurer

Explore outdoor attractions from high-energy activities to parks and gardens.

Looking for a few self-care options to wind down? Get ready to relax at your pick of nail salons + spas.

For the craft beer connoisseur

From lagers and IPAs to sours and seasonal pours, Columbia is a hub for all things hoppy and delicious (thanks to its breweries + brewpubs aplenty). There’s no shortage of restaurants and bars, either. Pro tip: Bookmark these new + noteworthy spots for your next visit.

Need a cool spot to crash after your adventures? Take your pick of local hotels or bed and breakfasts or pack your bags for one of these unique places to stay.

For the arts + music lover

From diverse public art and local galleries to nationally renowned exhibitions, the capital city has something for the art enthusiast and novice alike. Be sure to catch a show at Trustus Theatre and the Koger Center, the SC Philharmonic + more, make time to stroll through the Columbia Museum of Art, and bookmark these live music venues to see who’s playing during your stay.

For the history buff

As the center of state government, Columbia is central to South Carolina’s history, and you’ll find evidence of that everywhere you turn. Take a free, self-guided tour of the South Carolina State House or a full tour via Historic Columbia — however you stack your itinerary, you won’t be disappointed.

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