In the heart of South Carolina, tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly in Columbia. It’s a modern city where stately buildings buzz with new businesses, and centuries-old sites give rise to fresh perspectives. It’s got all the gracious charm you’d expect from a Southern destination – nothing saccharine, just good old-fashioned kindness. As home to both the state’s capital and its largest university, it’s a vibrant city and creative hub that’s bursting with big ideas, forward thinkers and modern attitudes. With dynamite shopping, food and tons to see and do year round, it’s the real Southern hot spot. It doesn’t take long to get from the middle of town to what seems like the middle of nowhere with the Saluda, Broad and Congaree Rivers running right through town. Yet it’s manageable without the headaches and hassles common to many other larger cities. With evidence of renewal everywhere, Columbia SC will leave you looking forward to what’s next.
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1010 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Type of Destination Experience:
Capital City, College Town, Historic, Urban
GSF Exhibit Space (South Carolina State Fairgrounds): 128,186
Meeting Space, Square Feet (Colonial Life Arena): 60,000
Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (Colonial Life Arena): 22,389
Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Columbia Marriott Downtown): 300
Hotel adjacent to convention facility: Yes
Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 1,552
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Miles to downtown 6
Cities with non-stop flights9
International cities with direct flights0
Geographic Areas Served:
City of Columbia, Richland County, Lexington County, Town of West Columbia, Town of Lexington, Town of Cayce, Town of Springdale
Why Meet in Columbia
Columbia is one of the more accessible cities in the Southeast. With three major highways, and an international airport, attendees have the luxury of getting to Columbia with ease.
Columbia is home to nationally recognized attractions, scenic rivers, historic homes, and a 48,000 acre lake. With so much to choose from, attendees will find the Columbia experience fulfilling.
In the heart of Columbia’s convention district, the Vista offers attendees more than 100 hot spots – restaurants, specialty shops, bars and more – within walking distance of meeting spaces and hotels.