Columbia, South Carolina

48 hours in Cola: Where to eat, drink, stay, and play in South Carolina’s capital

South Carolina's capital city, Columbia, has emerged from the coast's shadow as an awesome getaway in its own right. Like Louisville or Asheville or other mid-sized cities, "Cola" (as it's nicknamed) has experienced a renaissance over the last couple decades. Now, while Cola's charms are still relatively undiscovered, may be the best time to go.

College Towns of the South: Columbia, South Carolina

The state capital and home to the University of South Carolina, Columbia encapsulates classic Southern charm and the vigor of USC students. And the city’s evolving landscape still manages to cling to its historical roots.

What’s Classic and What’s Coming in Charleston: Arts and antiques

George Read is co-founder of Read & Mullin LLC, an appraiser of fine arts, antiques, coins, maps, and more. He has published more than seventy-five articles on the arts and antiques market. "The very best...

College Towns of the South: Clemson, South Carolina

Nestled in the backwoods of Upstate South Carolina, Clemson is home to a vibrant college community and storied football program; it’s also an outstanding example of a small town done right.

Casino Wars in the Carolinas: Two tribes that have battled for centuries are at odds once again

In North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians found a way to take care of their people: In 1997, they opened a casino on their lands. Now South Carolina’s Catawba tribe wants to do the same. But there is a problem.

What’s Classic and What’s Coming in Charleston: Hotels

Kinsey Gidick is a writer and editor at Charleston City Paper, where she handles the Cuisine and Arts sections. “You can’t overlook the landmark of Charleston Place. After twenty-eight years, it still manages to be...

Our Favorite Things: 99 of our top spots in the South

Since Southbound debuted in 2013, our staff and contributors have logged thousands of miles, consumed millions of calories, and taken countless notes and photos to showcase the very best destinations around the region. Although every place we’ve covered is special, some left a particularly powerful impression. Here, we give you the best of the very best, our favorite spots in the South.

Conroy Country

If you want to know a man, visit a place he loved. For the late novelist Pat Conroy, that place was Beaufort, South Carolina.

What’s Classic and What’s Coming in Charleston: History

Kitty Robinson is the executive director of the Historic Charleston Foundation. “I like to think of Charleston as America’s most historic city. The most prominent house museum is the grand, Federal-style Nathaniel Russell House, which...

Today’s Craig Melvin looks back at his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina

As a co-host for Today’s third hour and news anchor for Today and MSNBC Live, Craig Melvin has reported live from the Summer Olympics in Rio, the Notre-Dame cathedral fire in Paris, and three presidential inaugurations. The assignment closest to his heart? A trip back to Columbia, South Carolina, for a “Hometown Glory” segment in 2019.

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