Welcome to the new, modern South where tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly. When you cross a capital city with the largest university in the state, you get a vibrant city that's bursting with big ideas, forward thinkers and modern attitudes - all this amidst surrounding natural beauty. The region is flush with regional parks and opportunities for outdoor adventures. It doesn't take long to get from the middle of town to what seems like the middle of nowhere.

With a never-ending roster of live music events, festivals and sporting events, there are more things to do than there are hours to do them. Definitely fit for foodies, Southern staples like shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles are off the charts. Columbia SC has become an epicenter for chefs, artists and craftspeople (and craft beer!) of all stripes with a creative culture that's palpable.