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1 Hour Drivetime: Summer Day Trips Near Columbia

Looking for a summer getaway but short on time? Want a weekend excursion but don't want to spend a bundle on travel costs? Here's a list of fun destinations within 1 hour of Columbia, South Carolina. Whether you're into hiking and camping, history, or museum adventures, there is a local destination for you to go explore!

The Great Outdoors: If hiking, camping, or walking in nature is your thing, here are some great escapes to try this summer.

Air Conditioned Entertainment: Okay, so now that we've had our excercise, let's cool off a bit and get out of the blazing sun (or torrential rain, as seems to be the trend this year!) How about some indoor activities?

Think of the Children: If you're in the market for a great day trip just for the kids, look no further!

We hope you find some of these suggestions helpful. And remember, you don't have to travel far or spend a lot of money to have a great adventure this summer!


Laura V. Says: Save money on your next family vacation with this guide
Amazon Says: Taking a fun family vacation doesn't have to break the bank, as proven by veteran travel writer Kelly Merritt. Inside, she offers no shortage of creative ways to plan affordab more...
Amazon Says: Taking a fun family vacation doesn't have to break the bank, as proven by veteran travel writer Kelly Merritt. Inside, she offers no shortage of creative ways to plan affordable trips! Visit popular sites at off-peak times with your children . . . travel off the beaten path for an eye-opening experience . . . and discover historic sites, scenic areas, and fun-filled attractions right in your own backyard! Featuring hundreds of unique, family-friendly trip ideas such as: Camping (from the mountains to our national parks)Adventure travelWater and island vacationsAll-inclusive resorts and cruisesEducational vacations (eco, historical, cooking, and more)European tours-and beyond! The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel helps you make the most affordable decisions about lodging, food, and tourist attractions. This easy-to-use guide is an invaluable tool, you won't want to travel without! less...
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Hiking South Carolina by John F. Clark
Amazon Says: Includes 60 hikes from the mountains to the ocean. more...
Amazon Says: Includes 60 hikes from the mountains to the ocean. less...
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Amazon Says: "More than 530 color images, 140 easy-to-read maps, and 55 hiking tables make this guide to America's most scenic wilderness areas─all 58 national parks─the most appealing more...
Amazon Says: "More than 530 color images, 140 easy-to-read maps, and 55 hiking tables make this guide to America's most scenic wilderness areas─all 58 national parks─the most appealing, comprehensive, and indispensable book of its kind. Your Guide provides step-by-step itineraries, kid-friendly activities, and all of the most popular ranger programs to help plan your family vacation. Thousands of hotels, restaurants, and attractions beyond the parks, as well as 11 suggested road trips make it the ultimate dashboard companion. Exhaustive activity information, including hiking tables, easy-to-find trailhead markers, outfitter details, and backpacking essentials, serves as blueprint for an adventure of a lifetime. With something for everyone this is Your Guide to the National Parks." less...
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Laura V. Says: Always a good idea to bring a map on your adventures
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Amazon Says: Wouldn t it be nice to always have exactly the right kind of map, whatever your needs may be? You will, with the uniquely versatile DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Series. These topographic atlases cover individual states with the most comprehensive detail available, including back roads, backwater lakes and streams, boat ramps, forests, wetlands, trailheads, campgrounds, public lands, prime hunting and fishing spots, and countless landmarks and points of interest. You ll also find a wealth of information on everything from family outings to wilderness adventures. The Atlas & Gazetteer is ideal for outdoor recreation, business travel, home or office reference, and countless other uses. less...
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Laura V. Says: A photo book of beautiful places to see in South Carolina
Amazon Says: Each year, South Carolina's forty-seven state parks draw nearly eight million visitors who come to enjoy the unadulterated beauty of the land and its wildlife. Beautiful Place more...
Amazon Says: Each year, South Carolina's forty-seven state parks draw nearly eight million visitors who come to enjoy the unadulterated beauty of the land and its wildlife. Beautiful Places, released by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, is a vibrant photographic history of these sanctuaries. The product of decades of arduous work on the part of legislators, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and committed citizens, the parks preserve the diverse natural features of South Carolina--from its mountains to its forest canopies to its gentle, sprawling beaches. The striking eye of photographer jon o. holloway lends each image a unique, distinctly American beauty. The book also includes information on the deep history of the parks and the stories of the people who made them what they are today. Beautiful Places is a tribute to those legacies and a joyful celebration of history and nature. Author: Chad Prosser Photography: jon o. holloway Parks history by Cal Harrison less...
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Laura V. Says: Save money on your next family vacation
Amazon Says: Keeping kids entertained while on a long drive can be a challenge, but the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Atlas can help. This book includes easy-to-read, simple more...
Amazon Says: Keeping kids entertained while on a long drive can be a challenge, but the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Atlas can help. This book includes easy-to-read, simple road maps of each state and Washington, D.C., and a map of the United States. State symbols, cool things to do, boredom busters, fun facts, wacky roadside attractions, and games accompany the maps and provide engaging information with stunning photographs that will keep kids engaged for hours. In the back matter, a comprehensive index makes it easy for kids to look up names and places. To top it all off, everything is presented in colorful NG Kids style, allowing kids to learn as they ride and have a blast doing it! less...
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Laura V. Says: A great guide to hiking in the Palmetto State
Amazon Says: Seasoned hiking author Johnny Molloy details 50 hikes of varied lengths and difficulties throughout verdant South Carolina, from the Chattooga River to the varied terrain of t more...
Amazon Says: Seasoned hiking author Johnny Molloy details 50 hikes of varied lengths and difficulties throughout verdant South Carolina, from the Chattooga River to the varied terrain of the Midlands, including Congaree National Park, all the way to the Lowcountry, land of beaches and forgotten swamps and designated wildernesses.Specific emphasis is placed on the most scenic destinations and unique places that make the Palmetto State special. Each hike includes a helpful information section, trail map, trailhead directions, and stunning photographs, with intriguing commentary about the human or natural history along the way. 50 black-and-white photographs, 51 maps less...
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