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Columbia, the state's capital, has many things to see and do to keep tourists entertained during their stay. Many historic homes and gardens, such as the 1818 Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, can be visited by those with an interest in South Carolina's past.

Families can spend a day learning and having fun at the South Carolina State Museum, which features an observatory, planetarium, and 4D interactive theater. They can also visit the EdVenture Children's Museum or the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanic Garden.

Visitors to the MAMM (the Museum of Modern Art in New York) should not miss it, while foodies should consider taking a tour of Columbia's culinary offerings.