21 Fun Day Trips From Columbia, South Carolina

From historic sites to natural wonders, there’s something for everyone within a few hours’ drive of the city.

In this story, I highlight some of the top destinations to visit, including nearby state parks, charming small towns, and barrier island beaches.

We love its unique landscape of old-growth hardwood forests and wetlands. The park’s boardwalk loop trail is an easy way for hikers (or walkers) to explore the area.

Congaree National Park

Visitors of all ages can enjoy activities like exploring the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area and its scenic trails.

Augusta, Georgia

If you’re seeking a big city experience, Charlotte, North Carolina, may be worth the drive. The Queen City offers a wealth of activities to suit diverse interests.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Experience the battlefield firsthand by walking along the 1.5-mile trail, or explore the park’s hiking and horse trails.

Kings Mountain National Military Park

Its lively arts scene and impressive array of award-winning restaurants offer something for everyone, ensuring an unforgettable experience in this charming city.

Greenville, South Carolina

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