No visit to the Palmetto State is complete without a trip to “famously hot” Columbia. South Carolina’s charming capital has a lot to offer, brimming with tradition, culture, kindness—and, of course, food. Check out artillery craters in the state house from a long-ago Civil War battle and take a tour to learn more about the city’s rich history. Pack your walking shoes and catch one of the flights to Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) for a hearty dose of southern fun.
All airlines flying into the “Capital of Southern Hospitality” land at CAE, a small airport with big amenities for Columbia flights. Business travelers can work and print in the business center, while golf gurus visiting the region’s world-class courses can pick up supplies right in the terminal. If you’re staying near the airport, you won’t have to go far for delicious bites. Most hotels close to Columbia Metropolitan are located in the Brookwood neighborhood, where you’ll find plenty of down-home Southern cooking—think fluffy waffles and crispy fried chicken and biscuits. Ready to head into the city? There is a bus at the airport, but it departs only twice a day and may not be convenient. Many hotels provide courtesy shuttles to and from the airport, and if you forgot to pre-arrange pickup, you can use the hotel courtesy phone in the terminal. For extra convenience, just call a cab and they’ll be there in minutes. Rental cars are also an easy way to get around the area; you’ll find the agency counters near the baggage claim.
Bring your appetite and brush up on your etiquette (see “The Handbook on Southern Manners”—really!— for help). Travelocity has cheap plane tickets to Columbia and deals on hotels, too. Book accommodations and airfare together with Columbia vacation bundles and save up to $537.