When we take a road trip, we don’t just plan for the destination, we also like to look for things to do and see as well as great places to eat along the route. A few weekends ago, we headed over to Charleston, SC for a 24 hour adventure. But we weren’t about to drive straight through without experiencing something along the way. Right at the place we needed a stretch break and lunch, we discovered Columbia, South Carolina! Here are the top things to see and a great place to eat in Columbia!
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Things to See & Where to Eat in Columbia SC
When we are on a road trip, we love looking for the unique oddities and local murals. So we did some checking and found that Columbia is home to the what could be the world’s largest fire hydrant. The “Busted Plug Plaza” by Blue Sky stands at almost 40 feet tall, weighing 675,000 pounds So of course we stopped there first for some pictures.
Right across the parking lot you can walk over and put yourself into the art of TunnelVision by Blue Sky! This art piece has been captivating and puzzling tourists and local since 1975.
Where to find: Taylor at Marion Streets, Columbia, SC 29201
Woodrow Wilson’s Teenage Home
We also love finding historic places with presidential connections. This historic site in Columbia was home to 14 year old Tommy Woodrow Wilson and is now operated as a museum by Historic Columbia that explores the racial, social and political landscape of Columbia and Richland County from 1865 through 1877.
Where to find:
Woodrow Wilson Family Home
1705 Hampton Street, Columbia SC, 29201
Za’s Brick Oven Pizza
When you are on the road with the family for very long at all, you know that meal times should be considered a chance to relax instead of just grabbing a sandwich at the closest chain restaurant. We took the time to eat lunch at Za’s Brick Oven Pizza.
Known to locals as Za’s on Devine, Za’s is a full-service, locally owned neighborhood restaurant and bar in the Devine Street shopping and dining district in Columbia, S.C., specializing in wood-fired pizza, Italian-inspired classics and fresh, substantial salads featuring free-range organic chicken and house-made sausage, sauces, dressings and more.
One of the things we loved about Za’s was the laid back atmosphere that helped us slow down and enjoy the time together. The brick oven pizza was delicious but we also loved the Charred Okra! The grilled okra with chili flakes and sea salt were a huge hit with the family! Definitely recommend them when you go!
Travel Tip: When you are planning a road trip, one of the things to look for is distance between stretch breaks. If you are en route to Myrtle Beach or Charleston, coming from Asheville, NC, then Columbia is the perfect place to stop for lunch and a stretch!
Where to Find: 2930 Devine St, Columbia, SC 29205
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