Car Rental at Columbia Airport
Columbia is the geographical center of all things in South Carolina. The capital and largest city of the state, Columbia is within striking distance to fast-growing metropolises of Atlanta, GA, to the west and Charlotte, NC, to the north. Served by Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Columbia has the bulk of its visitors making a beeline to the Congaree National Park, a 26,000-acre refuge for primeval bottomland hardwoods that has since been designated an international biosphere reserve. Your car rental at Columbia Airport will conveniently get you there and, given Columbia’s strategic location, deeper South.
The drive south of the Fall Line is marked not only by rivers becoming unnavigable upstream, but also by a palpable change in accent, traditions, cuisine, and atmosphere. Low Country attracts droves of visitors who travel the Charleston-Savannah route by the millions every year. If you rent a car in Columbia Airport, you will just be two hours away from Charleston, South Carolina’s oldest city and the epitome of Southern hospitality. Follow Interstate 26 as it cuts straight from Columbia directly southeast.
After you have taken in the languid colonial charm of Italianate and Art Deco buildings, indulge your taste buds with local staples shrimp and grits. Before you make a dash to Savannah’s historic district where some 2,300 buildings, most of which were restored, were spared by General Sherman during the Civil War, meander through the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge where during high tide, you may spot alligators and dolphins in the same tidal marsh. Sleep the night in Savannah for a bit of ghost tour, and leave your one way car hire from Columbia Airport at the Savannah- Hilton Head International Airport the next day.
Driving your rental car in Columbia Airport the opposite direction will bring you to Piedmont Triad, North Carolina’s trio of cities made up of High Point, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro. The area in and around the region is rich in history and culture, particularly of German-speaking Protestants who settled in 1753 in what is now the 183-acre Bethabara National Historic Site and Wildlife Preserve. On the way to the Piedmont Triad, get off your Columbia Airport car hire and stop at Charlotte for lunch or after-hour drinks.
North Carolina’s largest city is buzzing with bankers and college students – it’s a university town and the largest banking center in the United States outside of New York – so there are plenty of craft breweries and restaurants that cater to the locals. You may choose to spend the night in one of the Piedmont Triad cities an hour or two to the north, or you may leave your one way car rental from Columbia Airport at the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Civil Rights Trail
Just three hours to the west by car hire at Columbia Airport lies Atlanta, Georgia, the birthplace and the resting place of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. This bustling city, whose Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is ranked as the busiest in the world, is a staging point for travel back in recent times: In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American seamstress from Montgomery, Alabama, didn’t yield her bus seat to a white passenger, an incident that helped spark the Selma-Montgomery marches a decade later.
Civil Rights enthusiasts can retrace the evolution of the Civil Rights movement at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Freedom Rides Museum, and the Civil Rights Memorial. While Montgomery has a regional airport to connect passengers to international hubs, the closest international airport for one way Columbia Airport car rental rental drop offs is in Atlanta, about three hours to the north.