Be a Tourist in Your Town

Sure we've got grits, but we've also got grit. And the locals here know it. With a rapidly rising entrepreneurial scene, public art around every corner and restaurants that range from your favorite dive bar to your upscale steak house, there's a reason why our locals are obsessed with this little capital city secret. 

But sometimes living here is so easy-going, you can take what we have to offer for granted. When you can go to Riverbanks Zoo any old time, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal. And who cares about barbecue when it’s never more than a few blocks away? And everywhere has local beer right? Yes, maybe. But our breweries and restaurants have the hospitality (and that grittiness) to come out and talk to any local or visitor about their beer, their barbecue and their passion for their craft. Combine that with world-class attractions (like a Top 10 Zoo in the country), and you've got a destination in your backyard. 

So, today’s the day to rustle up all your membership cards and use them, explore the restaurant scene, take a walk, and see what you may have been missing. Columbia’s the perfect destination for any kind of stay-cation you’re craving, and you’re already here. Use our Blogs or Trip Ideas pages to find the itinerary you need to help you plan, and consider this the nudge you need.