I have lived in Columbia, South Carolina.
Columbia is hot. (mostly in the weather sense). 😉
The marketing folks in Columbia know this. The well-known slogan is, “Famously Hot”.
I will go ahead and give a plug to Columbia because it does have many fantastic features including great restaurants and music venues.
However, the reason I mention Columbia is because the steam rises off of the concrete in the summertime. To escape, you need to find a beach. Folly Beach is the perfect spot to escape for some summer fun. The great news is that it’s only about 2 1/2 hours away from “Cola”. Yea!!! Just wipe your sweaty brow, drive straight to the Tides Hotel (http://www.tidesfollybeach.com/), get yourself a pina colada at the hotel bar, and sink your toes in the sand!
Enjoy the peace of the evening when the sun falls into the ocean and the pier twinkles in the dusk.
Wake up early so you can get some magnificent shots of the sun rising from the ocean.