Destination Spotlight #89: Columbia

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Listen to our Destination Spotlight on Columbia

Bill Ellen, CEO
Experience Columbia

What city in America will you find Cocky, Yellow Barbecue, Koala Bears, 3 Rivers that converge to provide numerous fun water activities, the tallest trees east of the Mississippi, Puppet theaters and a top Hospitality/Tourism school?  The answer is “Soda City” or the capital of South Carolina!  Located in our 8th State in the nation, that was admitted to the union back in 1788 — named for Christopher Columbus — Columbia is a vibrant city that’s worthy of your travel dollars.  From the University of South Carolina and their various Gamecock sports teams cheered on by mascot Cocky, you’ll also find the mustard based barbecue of Piggy Park and an array of outdoor activities to keep travelers of all types engaged.  We encourage you to check-out the historic Vista Neighborhood as it’s walkable and filled with restaurants, theaters, hotels, nightlife and other enticing attractions.  Columbia is an easy drive from Atlanta or Charlotte — and it’s airport is less than a 15 minutes drive from downtown.  Whether you’re visiting the permanent Koala Bears exhibit at Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens, strolling the Soda City Market on a Saturday morning — or attending a business expo at its convention center — don’t overlook Columbia the next time you’re planning your travels.  During our live broadcast of America’s #1 Travel Radio Show on 12 February 2022, for Destination Spotlight #89 in our ongoing series, we invited Experience Columbia’s CEO Bill Ellen to discuss his city with the nation, and you can hear the full interview transmitted across the 480+ weekly affiliates airing RMWorldTravel with Robert & Mary Carey and Rudy Maxa again now, by simply clicking-on the play arrow below this text to access the archived audio …