Planning Your Time
Columbia is an easy city to get around in and enjoy. Reserve a half-day for the Riverbanks Zoo and a minimum of another half-day for the other major sights. The best way to enjoy the city, however, would be to have a couple of days. This will allow you to see more of the city, including a night out in the Vista and an evening in Five Points.
Because of the physical breadth of the Midlands , one day is not nearly enough to enjoy the rest of the region outside Columbia. You should reserve a half-day alone for Congaree National Park , for example. If you only have a day or a day-and-a-half, choose between two areas: either the Pee Dee , with stops in Camden , Cheraw , and Hartsville , or Santee Cooper , with stops in Orangeburg and Moncks Corner .