Our meeting place and first stop was the West Columbia Riverwalk by the Congaree River. Since the park has walking trails and picnic tables along the river, that’s also where we ate dinner. But first, we drove all over town to find a grocery store for lunch (since neither of us eats at restaurants), then spent most of our afternoon taking a self-guided walking tour of the downtown area. We started in the artsy Congaree Vista district, walked around the SC State House grounds, then walked down Main Street to the Columbia Museum of Art.
After dinner at the riverwalk, we were completely pooped and ready to head home. Kristin’s shoes were devouring her feet, mosquitoes were devouring my skin, and the heat and humidity had zapped both of us... but that’s the South, right? I don’t know how the day slipped by so fast, but I’m planning another trip soon to see a few more places in Columbia:
- SC Governor’s Mansion and Gardens, and a quick drive-/walk-by of other historic homes
- Busted Plug Plaza and Tunnelvision (public art installations by Blue Sky)
- Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Churchyard (oldest surviving sanctuary in Columbia)
- USC Horseshoe and McKissick Museum
- Columbia Visitors’ Center at the Metropolitan Convention Center (in case I’ve missed anything)
- Picnic lunch at Finlay Park, and dinner at Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal