As National Travel and Tourism Week continues today, we encourage you to celebrate the tourism industry, its dedicated workers and the impact travel has on our community. The travel effect proves the travel industry has a measurable and purposeful impact on our lives, businesses and the nation's economy as a whole. For the Columbia region, the tourism industry brings in 4 million visitors for a $1 billion impact on the local economy.

As a part of National Travel & Tourism Week, we'd like you to be a "tourist in your own town" and explore all of Columbia, SC's hot spots this week! We'll be highlighting things to do and places to go, so stay tuned to our blog, Facebook or Twitter pages for more details.

Today, spoil your sweetie in Columbia, SC - The New Romantic Hot Spot!




sweets for the sweet
Before you begin your romantic excursion, swing by Chocolate Nirvana Bakery for some delectable treats or Something Special Florist for a fragrant bouquet to surprise your date. Be sure to call ahead, as Sunday is Mother's Day and visit our website for more dessert shops and florists.





Columbia, SC's thriving culinary scene offers an abundance of skillfully crafted, savory dinner selections from Southern favorites to exquisite masterpieces. Grab a table by the window at Terra for a grand view of the Columbia skyline or dine dockside at Liberty on the Lake at Marina Bay. Visit our website for more restaurants in Columbia, SC




a show
While the night is young and sparks are flying, pick up tickets for The Grand Budapest Hotel at Nickelodeon Theatre, or the hilarious Young Frankenstein at Workshop Theatre. Visit our calendar of events for more performances.




Keep the conversation flowing and enjoy a nightcap at the Sheraton's Roof Top Lounge or Nonnah's.

Be sure to check back in tomorrow for ideas on things to do in The New Game Day Hot Spot!

Share your hometown tourist moments by posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #nttw14, #famouslyhot and #traveleffect. We might just show off your pictures on our social media!