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Traveling tips for transportation near Columbia attractions
There are few capitals that feel like small towns, but Columbia South Carolina is definitely one of them. Named after the famous Christopher Columbus, the city sits nestled in the heart of one of the South’s most decadent states filled with delicious food, fun entertainment, and some of the most gorgeous wildlife anyone’s ever seen. Located near the CAE Airport travelers can find all types of vehicles from limousines to shuttle rides.


The city of Columbia is closely surrounded by other small towns and villages making it one of the biggest, busiest, and most populous ones in the state. It is famous for multiple theme parks, art museums, and football arenas. One place which we would like to mention here is Saluda Dam where you can walk and enjoy thrilling views which will last a lifetime.


The city is present in the midst of the state, thus acting as a bridge between other cities present on both of its sides. It is also important because it acts as a link between cities on its west and active seaport of Charleston on the east.


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Columbia Metropolitan Airport Shuttles
The exceptionally well maintained CAE Airport is present on the outer side of the city. It provides services not only to the locals of the city but to the people from surrounding areas as well. The airport management offers both commercial and charter flights, allowing you swift access to almost all states of the US. The airport is a major cargo hub as well due to its proximity to the sea route.


CAE airport is at a very short distance from the city center. It takes only a few minute drive for you to get here. At present, more than forty different companies are active here with thousands of employees working a full-time job. The airport has been playing a huge role in the economic development of the city and state.


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CAE Shared Ride Vans
Columbia is a beautiful city located in the heart of South Carolina, and with so many things to see one should have a reliable ride. Don’t wait for a taxi when you step off board at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Instead, hop aboard a shared ride van, getting dropped off at your hotel, whether it’s the Hyatt or Motel 6. With baggage holsters and comfortable seating, not to mention the refreshing air conditioning, you’ll not only get to your destination with simplicity, but relaxation as well.


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CAE Private Vans
If privacy is something you’re not willing to fork over to save a few bucks, then enjoy the luxury of private vans by reserving your very own set of wheels from local service. With several seats, take group trips to fun places like Sesquicentennial State Park, a massive recreation area with vast forests, trails, and a beautiful lake.


CAE airport sedans
CAE Private Sedans
Spend the day traversing through Columbia’s vast arts district by reserving a private sedan, a great way to get around town with comfort and class at the same time. Call us and take your new ride out to The Columbia Museum of Art, an enormous facility that has an eclectic contemporary art collection. Another place worth visiting is the South Carolina State Museum, an incredible source of history, antiques and surprisingly, science exhibits.


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CAE Private SUVs
Whether you’ve got children, relatives, or simply a good-sized group of friends, private SUVs can come in hand in a city like Columbia, especially when you rent them out through our many transportation services. Take an outing to the Congaree National Park, a renowned park ground that is home to Hardwood forests, lush trails, and beautiful bodies of water made perfect for peaceful kayaking. If you’re more in the mood for man made recreation, visit Finlay Park, a free and child-friendly park that sits in the heart of downtown.


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CAE Stretched Limousines
Eat well and plentifully at Saluda’s Restaurant, an eatery with a huge drink menu and selection of dishes that redefine southern comfort. You can get there in ultimate luxury by getting dropped off by one of shuttle services’ many stretched limousines. While you’re out, be sure to stay at one of Columbia’s few luxury hotels, Staybridge Suites, a beautiful facility just down the street from Finlay Park, offering guests free Wi-Fi and free breakfast.


CAE airport chartered buses
CAE Chartered Buses
Columbia is a huge town for sports, so whether you’re here traveling as a team or simply wanting to experience the thrill of Williams-Brice Stadium, home of the Gamecocks, be sure to share the experience collectively in one of our chartered buses, a great way for people that love each other to see something they each love. For a break from the city, take the bus to the Dreher Island State Recreation Area, a densely forested area filled with fun trails and camping.



Visiting the Riverbanks Zoo

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden
To see a glimpse at some of Columbia’s amazing culture, see the exotic exhibitions at the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. Covering over 170 acres, the facility has its own aquarium, botanical garden, and a variety of different gardens, whether they be Asian gardens or Woodland creations.


→ The zoo also manages some historical structures such as the Covered Bridge Abutments, the Saluda River Factory Ruins and the Saluda Factory Interpretive Center


→ The zoo offers day camps, overnight stays and scouting events.




Activities at Saluda Shoals Park

Saluda Shoals Park
Saluda Shoals Park is one of the most scenic destinations in Colombia, making it an incredible place for families or bikers to explore the many hiking trails, splash pads, and launch spots for fun kayak rides. Day passes as well as seasonal passes can be purchased through the Saluda Shoals website.



Visit Harbison State Forest

Harbison State Forest
Harbison State Forest is one of the biggest forests in the country, making it a pivotal location to visit in the state as a whole. Located in the silent, but eerily beautiful Midlands region of Central South Carolina, the area is comprised of sprawling woodlands, meadowlands, as well as gorgeous gardens that bloom in the spring.


Flying into Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Columbia Metropolitan is located about four miles west of Columbia, making for a relatively easy trek into downtown or any other surrounding city for that matter. If you’re in need of travel, you can contact a variety of shuttle services including Shuttle Pros as well as Columbia CAE Airport Shuttle Service, not to mention modern day conveniences like Uber.


Columbia Airport Transportation
There are several hotel shuttles around the Columbia airport area that offer rides and because of this, you’ll most likely able to get a ride from outside of the gate. There is also a variety of taxis and Lyft sources that can easily give you access to all of the city’s major highways.


Nearby hotels in Columbia
Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbia Greystone is an all-suite hotel that offers free hot breakfast, despite its high price. With a 3-star rating and a great location right outside of the Riverbanks Zoo, the Hilton Columbia is a great place for an affordable and comfy night. For an equally extravagant night that’s even closer to downtown, stay at the Courtyard Columbia Downtown, a resort that is close to USC and also includes free Wi-Fi.


Columbia Restaurants
Stanford Grill offers a relaxed setting and cheap American fare that tastes high-class. Whether you’re a family or an individual trying to get a burger, Stanford is the place for you. Another great American restaurant is The Iron Bridge Wine Company, which doubles as a café and wine bar.


Things to do in Columbia
There are several museums in Columbia that offer a variety of educational experiences including the South Carolina Museum, the EdVenture Children’s Museum, and finally the astoundingly massive Columbia Museum of Art.