Whether you're a Columbia native or newbie, National Tourism Week gives both locals and travelers the chance to experience Columbia at its finest. Through May 13, you can "Be A Tourist in Your Own Town" and explore Columbia with special offers, discounts, and free things to do and events.

Throughout the week, stop by the Visitors Center for ideas and ways to explore Columbia as we theme each day to spotlight the various things to do throughout the region.

Tuesday, May 8: #TravelTuesday

For at least two decades, wearing red during NTW and on Travel Tuesday has been a signature that signaled unity among travel and tourism workers and supporters. Since we're home to the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Gamecocks, we understand if you choose garnet instead of red.

Spotlight: History
Explore Columbia's rich history by visiting historic attractions, homes and monuments, and take self-guided walking tours of historic neighborhoods and districts.

Wednesday, May 9
Spotlight: Visual Arts
Visit some of the public art throughout the region or visit art museums and galleries.

Thursday, May 10
Spotlight: Military History
Visit one of our many military museums in the area to celebrate Columbia's rich military history. Make your way to Fort Jackson where some of our Visitors Center staff will be representing Columbia at the Fort Jackson Graduation.

Friday, May 11
Spotlight: Performing Arts and Theatre
Browse a list of performing arts events throughout the week.

If you aren't sure where to start in exploring Columbia, get more information at the Columbia Regional Visitors Center and pick up a "Top Free Things to Do" flier and see what free things you can do with the upcoming weekend. Plus, check in at the Visitors Center on Foursquare to get $5 off a Famously Hot t-shirt! What better way to show your support for Columbia? Don't forget to shop around a little, as well. You never know what Columbia-made treasure you'll find! 

Keep up with more Columbia happenings with Twitter and Facebook, or contact the Columbia Regional Visitors Center with any questions