BEST WESTERN Executive Inn & Suites
1720 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210-6812
Phone: 803/561-9027 | Fax: 803/561-9887 | 68 Rooms
Check Out Time: 11:00 AM | Check In: 3:00 PM | Online Reservations
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Hotels near USC cater to guests who are in town for campus events from graduation to a semester of teaching, and this property provides comfortable accommodations ideal for extended stays.
Looking for properties that have it all including a great value? There’s no beating a Columbia hotel designed with every type of traveler in mind. As a 100% non-smoking hotel, guests feel at home immediately upon arrival. Centrally located to all Columbia attractions, it’s just a short drive to some of the best dining, shopping and sightseeing in South Carolina.
When booking hotels in Columbia, location and value matter. Fort Jackson hotels are in close proximity to Columbia Metropolitan Airport, making it simple for frequent and business fliers to catch the next leg of the journey. Hotels near USC also specialize in longer stays and group bookings. Whether guests are professors in town to teach a class or there’s a team staying the weekend for a game, blocked rooms and competitive rates make the stay even better.
The Riverbanks Zoo is a must-see attraction near Columbia hotels, and Synergy Park is also a short commute away. Business travelers with Michelin Tires or those with a meeting at the Lexington Medical Center rest easy knowing they can sleep in and quickly get to their appointment. Make sure to add in a little fun to the business trip by getting a recommendation from a friendly staff member, each of whom doubles as a local ambassador and knows all the top attractions in the city.
There are endless things to do here, from enjoying the genuine southern hospitality at mom and pop diners to slipping away to the great outdoors just a few miles outside of town.
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Hotel Amenities & Services
- Exercise facilities
- 100% smoke-free hotel
- Complimentary continental breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, eggs, yogurt, juice, coffee and hot items.
- Complimentary coffee
- Complimentary breakfast
- Outdoor pool seasonal
- Exercise facility Open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Physically challenged facilities, public areas accessible
- Braille coded elevator
- Ice/vending machines
- Access ramps
- Free parking
- Meeting facilities
- Fax services
- Photocopy services
- Interior corridor
- High-speed Internet access available, wireless and wired
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Conveniently located, the best western executive inn & suites in Columbia, South Carolina is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:
Longitude: 34.029805 / Latitude: -81.115205
Driving Directions to Hotel
From: Interstate 20. Take Bush River Road, Exit 63 to the BEST WESTERN Excutive Inn & Suites.
From: Interstate 26. Take Exit 108 to the BEST WESTERN Excutive Inn & Suites.
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We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.
Most Popular Area Attractions
A top outdoor destination in McCormick, Baker Creek State Park is an ideal place to visit in South Carolina. West of Columbia, Baker Creek State Park opens to the public on March 1st; it stays open until September 30th. The main attraction at Baker Creek State Park is Lake Thurmond.
Lake Thurmond is more than 71,000 acres in size, yielding a bounty of exciting aquatic adventures like fishing, boating, and lots of birding. As you explore Baker Creek State Park, be sure to also venture through the more than 10 miles of trails for bikes and hikes.
Constructed in 1927, the Capital City Stadium is located in central South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia. Known locally as the "The Cap," this Columbia ballpark is home to the Columbia Blowfish baseball team of the Coastal Plain League.
Enjoy Your Flight to Columbia Metropolitan Airport
Passenger service airlines include American, Delta, United, and US Airways – while cargo services use UPS Airlines and FedEx Express.
Covering 2,600 acres, CAE is also a UPS Southeastern Regional Hub – and features two runways. Owned by the Richland-Lexington Airport Commission, CAE serves over one million passengers each year.
Enjoy the Exhibits at the Columbia Museum of Art
Featuring more than 8,800 works of art, the Columbia Museum of Art offers a diverse collection spanning centuries of history. These pieces include Claude Monet’s painting, The Seine, the Kress Collection and pieces of Tiffany glass.
Tours are offered from an in depth perspective all the way to self guided, depending on what type of visit you choose to have. Children and school tours are also welcome to immerse themselves in art dating back to ancient times.
Since its establishment in 1950, the museum has relocated from its original location at the intersection of Bull and Senate to Main Street in Columbia, South Carolina. One of the highest ranking art institutions, the museum is worth a stop when traveling through South Carolina’s Upcountry.
Bald Cypress Trees at Congaree National Park
Enjoy an outdoor romp in South Carolina at the Congaree National Park. Located south of Columbia in Hopkins, it's a wonderful haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
Lace up your hiking boots to explore the 20 miles of backwoods hiking trails or enjoy a free ranger guided canoe tour of the park. Fishing and kayaking on Cedar Creek is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Visit the Harry Hampton Visitor Center to pick up trail maps and information on the park presentations, guided walks and talks.
Research is continually being conducted in this International Biosphere Reserve and designated Wilderness area. After a day of exploring this wonderful park, drive 15 minutes to Columbia have fun in the upcountry region of South Carolina.
Created in 1990, Dreher State Park is just west of downtown Columbia in the capital city region of South Carolina. With nearly 350 acres of land to explore at Dreher Island State Park, you'll find a wealth of fun outdoor activities in which to partake. Fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, and bird watching are just a selection of what you can do at Dreher Island State Park.
Because Dreher Island State Park is situated, basically, on Lake Murray, you'll have miles of shoreline to explore – anglers, from the novice to the veteran, often land large hauls of striped and large-mouth bass. Dreher Island State Park is pet-friendly, and it's open year round, with a small entrance fee.
Covering over 67,000 square feet, EdVenture is a massive children's museum found in central South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia. The largest of its kind in the southeastern United States, EdVenture features over 350 interactive exhibits across eight galleries.
Exhibits include World of Work, Critter Garden, the Cooking Lab, and EDDIE® – the World’s Largest Child. Established in 2003 and neighboring the South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
See the Finlay Park Fountain
Enjoy time outdoors while visiting South Carolina's capital city of Columbia. This vibrant city is home to several wonderful parks, including Memorial Park, Granby Park, and Martin Luther King Jr. Make the most of your time in the capital city region of SC.
Make your way to downtown Columbia for a day of fun in the 18-acre Finlay Park, named after former city mayor Kirkman Finlay.
The park was established as Sidney Park in 1859 and renovated in 1990. One of the more prominent features of the park, is the beautiful, spiral waterfall Finlay Park Fountain.
Throughout the years, Finlay Park has become a popular location for many city special events, festivals, concerts and gatherings. Stroll through the park grounds for a relaxing day outside, while listening to the water cascade off the fountain, into the lake.
Bring your baseball for a family baseball game on the playing field, watch the kids play on one of the park's playgrounds and enjoy a picnic lunch on a park picnic table. While in the area, schedule time to visit Congaree National Park, a 22,200-acre park located south of the city.
Explore the 763 acres at Goodale State Park on your next visit to central South Carolina. Not far outside of Columbia, Goodale State Park can be found in Camden, and is open year round from mid-March through the end of November; Friday through Sunday from December 1 through March 14.
A pet-friendly park in South Carolina, Goodale State Park was created in 1973 – it's named for N. R. Goodale, a local man who helped in the initial creation of the park. Be sure to enjoy your time at Goodale State Park with a wilderness canoe trip, a pleasant hike, or some bird watching.
Entrenched along the Savannah River in western South Carolina, the Hamilton Branch State Park offers a variety of outdoor and aquatic recreation to visitors years round. Sitting on a peninsula, the 731-acre park joined the State Park Service in 1972, and has been a delight to outdoor enthusiasts ever since.
Just west of Columbia, you'll find no shortage of pristine, beautiful waters, ideal for on-the-lake family adventures. Take the boat out on the 70,000-acre Strom Thurmond Lake for seemingly endless bass, crappie, catfish, striper, and bream fishing.
Onshore, be sure to pack a lunch and utilize one of many picnic shelters or explore the wooded regions via the short biking trail. Let the kids burn off some extra steam on the playground equipment and visit the gift shop to take a piece of Hamilton Branch State Park home with you.
Tucked away inside of western South Carolina's pine woods, Hickory Knob State Resort Park offers an ideal get away for golfers and vacationers looking for an outdoor retreat. The park's primary attraction is the 18-hole, championship layout golf course along the Strom Thurmond Reservoir – located due west of Columbia. The course is open to the public and accommodates all levels of play – complete with driving range, clubhouse, practice green, and lounge.
Aside from world-class golf, the park offers so much more to its visitors. Other sporting activities include an archery range and skeet shooting, as well as boating and fishing on Lake Thurmond. Better yet, stay on land and explore the lush biking/hiking trails. You're sure to find something for everyone at Hickory Knob State Resort Park.
Constructed in 1988, the Koger Center for the Arts seats over 2,200 arts fans in the capital city of Columbia in central South Carolina. Found on campus at the University of South Carolina, Gonzales Hall houses major performances for Cola.
The Koger Center for the Arts hosts many events like the South Carolina Body Building Championships and the South Carolina Science Fair and acts as a continuous venue for USC arts departments. Tenants also include the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Columbia City Ballet, the Columbia Classical Ballet, and Broadway In Columbia.
Known locally as the host of the South Carolina Festival of Flowers Triathlon, Lake Greenwood State Park also offers a variety of marine and outdoor recreational activities to its visitors year round. Given its namesake, vacationers travel to the park to enjoy Lake Greenwood – over 11,000 acres of beautiful, central South Carolina waters.
Just outside of Columbia, experience the adventurous fishing and boating, but don't forget that the park boasts outstanding recreation onshore as well. Complete with fishing from the pier, nature trails, picnic areas, and nearly 1,000 acres of parkland, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to feel right at home.
Ideally entrenched along the shores of Lake Wateree, this state park is a dream-like retreat for vacationers looking to experience the great outdoors of central South Carolina. Take in the great deal of fishing and boating opportunities along Lake Wateree – complete with boating ramp, tackle shop, and refuel center.
Lake Wateree State Park is great for the entire family as well. Enjoy an adventurous day using the designated swimming areas, picnic shelters, and numerous hiking and mountain biking trails that wind through the parks beautiful wooded scenery.
You'll find a wide range of top sites to see and visit on your next trek through South Carolina. Head towards the central region of the state and check out the Ninety Six National Historic Site. Northwest of downtown Columbia, the Ninety Six National Historic Site was a key site in the Revolutionary War.
Named for the distance between it and town of Keowee, the Ninety Six National Historic Site commemorates the first battle fought south of New England. Covering 1,022 acres of pristine South Carolina land, the Ninety Six National Historic Site features an excellent Visitors Center, open Wednesday through Sunday.
Dubbed as the "mountains of the midlands," Poinsett State Park covers over 1,000 acres of the South Carolina coastal region. Located just outside of Columbia and northwest of North Charleston, the park is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts year round.
Poinsett State Park was established in 1934, and has since become a prime location for hiking, biking, fishing, and boating along the coast. The park is surrounded by the Manchester State Forest, lending to the natural beauty and wildlife. The park also houses amenities like wireless internet, a gift shop, and picnic shelters.
Enjoy a Tour of the Redcliffe Plantation House
Built in 1859, the Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The plantation was owned and constructed by James Henry Hammond, South Carolina senator, congressman, governor, and cotton planter. The plantation, donated by a descendant of Hammond, now serves as a popular tourist attraction just outside of Columbia.
The plantation delights visitors with its original decor, artifacts, and structure, all representative of 19th century central South Carolina. Guests are encouraged to visit the on-site gift shop located in the mansions basement as well.
Set on the Saluda River, the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden covers 170 acres of central South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia. Welcoming over one million annual animal lovers, the Riverbanks Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals.
Permanent exhibits include the Kangaroo Walkabout, the Birdhouse at Riverbanks, the two-acre African Plains, and the 20,000-square-foot Aquarium Reptile Complex.
The zoo grounds also includes the 70-acre Riverbanks Botanical Garden – housing over 4,000 species of plants both native and from around the world.
Tour the Rose Hill Plantation House
Originally built in 1832 by South Carolina governor, William H. Gist, the Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site now is dedicated to showcasing the rich history of Civil War era upcountry South Carolina.
The plantation was named a US National Register of Historic Places in 1960 and has been delighting tourists ever since.
Located just outside of Greenville, the plantation stretches over 44 acres of land, featuring many different attractions to behold.
Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the picnic shelter, or explore the one-and-one-quarter mile nature trail that runs throughout the park as well.
Enjoy a Hike Through Sesquicentennial State Park
Due to its convenient location to Columbia, "Sesqui," as it's affectionately known as, offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of big city life.
Explore the luscious hiking and mountain biking trails or rent a kayak/canoe and take it out on the pristine waters. This park is nearly 100 percent pet friendly, making it an ideal destination for traveling families.
The park frequently hosts events as well – National Trails Day Hike, Family Fishing Clinic, Movie Night, and much more.
Held in mid October, the South Carolina State Fair is an annual event in central South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia. Held appropriately at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, the SCSF has been around since 1839 and today draws over 500,000 attendees.
The 10-day South Carolina State Fair features everything from grandstand concerts with major headliners to free events like the Swifty Swine, the Prince & Princess Pageant, and the Greatest Grandparent Ceremony. Then of course there’s a carnival, great food, rides, and much more at SCSF.
A U.S. National Historic Landmark found on the National Register of Historic Places, the South Carolina State House serves as the state capitol in Columbia in central South Carolina. Constructed in Greek Revival style in 1855, the SC State House houses the state government and many a visitor.
Travelers can head to Gervais and Main streets for tours of the South Carolina State House. Tours start with a 15-minute film on the history and architectural background of the structure, followed by a guided stroll.
Opened in 1988, the South Carolina State Museum encompasses the rich history of all regions throughout the state of South Carolina into one site in the capital city of Columbia. The museum was built within the building of the old Columbia Mill, which was the first electric textile mill in the world. Featuring art, history, natural history and technology exhibits the grounds hold over 70,000 pieces for visitors to see.
The museum can be toured privately or in groups and guided tours are available as well. Four stories of history rest within the mill in addition to the Cotton Mill Exchange museum shop located on the premises. Visitors should allow ample time to browse this top museum when visiting the Upcountry region of South Carolina.
Lieber College at the University of South Carolina
As you explore downtown Columbia in South Carolina's capital region, be sure to visit the University of South Carolina.
Established in 1801, SC, as it is commonly known amongst locals, is a public university and is the flagship school of the University of South Carolina System. SC students choose from over 350 degree programs, and they enjoy a sprawling downtown Columbia campus.
The University of South Carolina is noted as housing the largest Ernest Hemingway literature collection in the world. Be sure to visit SC's historic Horseshoe where the first campus building was erected in 1805.
You'll also have access to the McKissick Museum, Maxcy Monument, and the Longstreet Theatre. Enjoy your visit to Columbia in central South Carolina.
Williams-Brice Stadium, Home of the SC Gamecocks
College football fans in South Carolina know it as "The Cock Pit," as Williams-Brice Stadium plays host to all home games of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team.
Visit Columbia on your next trek through SC and check out an exciting Gamecocks football game at Williams-Brice Stadium, neatly located just minutes from the SC campus in downtown Columbia.
Opened in 1934, Williams-Brice Stadium originally sat 17,600 fans, but after a hand full of renovations and upgrades, the latest coming in 1996, "The Cock Pit," as it's also known, now seats 80,250 – not including standing room only areas.
Williams-Brice Stadium originally featured a grass playing field up until 1969, when the field was swapped for for AstroTurf. It remained AstroTurf until 1984, when it was changed back to natural grass and remains as such today.
The family home of the 28th President of The United States, Woodrow Wilson, sits as one of Columbia’s most notable historic sites. Constructed in 1872, the home features just under two acres of gardens including both vegetable and flowerbeds. The Historic Columbia Foundation has completed the first phase of its restoration of this Italian style villa and is conducting tours of the home in its current state.
The Wilson Family Home is one of only six historic sites in Columbia, South Carolina. The Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, another house in the Upcountry region, has a strong tie to the state’s civil war history as it belonged to what some refer to as the matriarch of civil rights in South Carolina. Each of these sites hold significance to the rich history of both the state and the capital city of Columbia, most notably the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.
More Area Attractions & Services
- 1.00 mile(s) from Kroger® Center
- 1.00 mile(s) from Dutch Square
- 2.00 mile(s) from Riverbank Zoo
- 5.00 mile(s) from downtown Columbia
- 5.00 mile(s) from Town Theater
- 5.00 mile(s) from Frankies Fun Park
- 7.00 mile(s) from State Museum
- 8.00 mile(s) from Lexington County Arts Association
Local Area Recreation Opportunities
- 3.00 mile(s) from golf course
- 0.01 mile(s) from El Chico, Mexican
- 0.01 mile(s) from Villa, Italian
- 0.01 mile(s) from Fuddruckers
- 0.01 mile(s) from Waffle House®
- 0.50 mile(s) from Key West Bar & Grill
- 0.50 mile(s) from Cracker Barrel®
- 0.50 mile(s) from Shoney's®
- 0.50 mile(s) from Lizard's Thicket
- 0.50 mile(s) from Burger King®
- 0.50 mile(s) from Hardee's®
- 1.00 mile(s) from Chinatown
- 1.00 mile(s) from Wendy's®
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Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Columbia. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.
Local Events Worth Considering:
Shaw Air Expo
Make your way to the Shaw Air Force Base on May 21st and 22nd for the annual "Thunder Over the Midlands" Shaw Air Expo. Free and open to the public, this air event features an array of coordinated jet stunts by the 20th Fighter Wing.
Disney on Ice: Frozen
Make your way to Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. Ideal for families visiting the Columbia area, Disney on Ice: Frozen is sure to entertain all members of the clan. Multiple shows each day, April 13th through 17th. Tickets range between $16 and $58.
Miss Naturally Crowned Carolina
Check out SC's premier natural hair beauty pageant. Head for the Midlands Technical College Airport Campus Auditorium on April 16th at 6 p.m. for Miss Naturally Crowned Carolina. Admission is $25, and the winner is awarded $1,000.
Governor's Cup Road Race
Tighten up those running shoes and stretch your quads – it's the 44th Governor's Cup Road Race. Starting at the South Carolina State House in Columbia on May 14, this run features a half-marathon, 5K run, Kid's Fun Run, and the Main Street Mile. Races start at 7 a.m.
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