Just across the river
At West Columbia, two rivers converge to create something special. Just look across the Congaree River rapids, take in the amazing view of downtown Columbia's skyscrapers suspended above the river, and realize you're right next door to all the action. The Congaree Vista beckons from a few steps away, just across the historic Gervais Street Bridge.
But West Columbia has its own thriving riverside district. Vista West is loaded with cafes, upscale dining and recreation. After a fancy dinner at Terra or Al's Upstairs, you can take in a hot night of live music at New Brookland Tavern or the Riverwalk Amphitheater. The next morning, grab a cup of coffee and the best hash browns in town at Cafe Strudel, then get some fresh air walking along the Three Rivers Greenway. In the afternoon, go bargain-hunting at the antique shops or the flea markets along U.S. Highway 1.
West Columbia is nestled between downtown Columbia to the east and the booming suburb of Lexington to the west. Shops and businesses of all shapes and sizes line Highways 1 and 378 all the way to Lake Murray, past two major interstates that will get you anywhere in Columbia–or anywhere in the state–in no time. When your travels take you farther, Columbia Metropolitan Airport is ten short minutes away. Living in West Columbia makes it all possible.