Travel Tips

Getting There

Columbia SC has all the charm of a Southern destination with big city amenities, but none of the hassle. With three major interstates that intersect the city and a regional airport, getting here is straightforward. 

Located eight miles outside of downtown Columbia, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is the commercial airport servicing the Columbia region. Here you’ll enjoy the airport’s natural light and relaxing rocking chairs while you wait for your plane to begin boarding.

Travelers to CAE can enjoy flights from American Airlines, Delta and United. With 35 non-stop flights from 9 airports across 8 destinations, rest assured you can get to Columbia from wherever you are. Non-stop flights are available from Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. (Reagan and Dulles), Atlanta, New York (LaGuardia), Chicago, and Houston.

Airline Discounts

United, Delta and American airlines service (CAE) Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The US Sports Congress is excited to offer a discount on all these Airlines. Discounts vary by class of service.


If booking on  American please enter the code: HAL07 in the promotional code box or call Americans Meeting Services desk at 800-433-1790.

If booking on Delta please enter the code: NMT2K in the Meeting Event Code box or call 800-328- 1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.

If booking on United please enter the code: ZHV4617691 in the offer code box, once you've selected your flights. You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426 – 1122

Rights Holders: We respectfully ask that you use one of the airlines for your travel. If one of those airlines does not serve your destination or another air carrier offers a significant discount you are welcome to use them. To receive our discount call your professional travel agency or book online using the instructions shown above.


Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is just 8 miles from the Hilton Hotel. Unfortunately, no shuttle service is available.

Several taxi companies provide pick up outside of the baggage claim area on the lower level. Cab fare from the airport to downtown will cost approximately $25.

Uber & Lyft

The best way to meet your driver is outside the baggage claim area .

Host Hotel

The host hotel for this years US Sports Congress will be the Hilton Hotel Downtown. 


The specially negotiated rate for the US Sports Congress is: $159.00/night plus tax (based on double occupancy). If you are arriving before Sunday (12/8) you will need to call the hotel as rooms are only available on a limited basis (803) 744-7800. Please note only a few rooms remain as this is the closest hotel to the convention center.

We have added an over-flow hotel which is approximately two blocks from the Convention Center. The Hyatt Place Columbia  is $154.00/night plus tax. You can click on the red button above or call 888-492-8847 and provide the group code of G-USSC.

Please note, if you are a Rights Holder, your reservations will be made for you.

There are tons of things to do in Columbia - including enjoying the host hotel. Our rates are available (subject to availability) pre & post so come early or stay longer. The Hilton® Columbia Center is located in the center of the architectural, historic, and cultural attractions. The Historic Congaree Vista District, the University of South Carolina, and the State Capitol Building is just minutes away from the hotel. In addition, we are conveniently close to downtown businesses, historic points of interest, unique dining,  and shopping. The 142,500 sq. ft. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is located adjacent to the Hilton® Columbia Center.

Nearby Attractions

The Columbia food scene is buzzing with new and exciting restaurants popping up all the time, while seasoned chefs continue to marvel diners with their culinary creations.   

The heart of Columbia is no exception. Lula Drake, a cozy yet vibrant, old-world wine parlour bookends the other side of downtown. Nestled in between, you’ll find coffee shops, bakeries, a vegan café, fast-casual eateries, and a family-friendly Mexican restaurant. Snag an outdoor table year-round and enjoy our lively, tree-lined downtown.


A number of distinct food districts are scattered throughout the region. In Five Points, order a delicious three-course meal (for less than it takes to fill up your tank, mind you) at Cellar on Greene, or stop in for lunch at The Gourmet Shop. Order up their famous chicken salad with a glass of sweet tea. The Vista is a standout option with dozens of bars and restaurants across several blocks, from Motor Supply to Cola’s Restaurant. The tree-lined Devine Street is the perfect setting for outdoor dining (add the quaint courtyard at Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar to your list).



Did someone say Shopping? Columbia’s specialty districts carry everything from exclusive labels to one of a kind creations. Whether you’re on a college budget or ready to go on a shop spree, Columbia’s unique shops and boutiques have what you’re looking for.

Let's begin with the historic Congaree Vista district. The downtown district provides shoppers with a unique collection of shops filled with antiques, oriental rugs, jewelry, original artwork, hand-made furniture, and collectibles. At the Devine Street corridor, you will find a variety of upscale specialty shopping, including art and antiques, eclectic home furnishings, and men's, women's, and children's clothing. Moving on to the Five Points neighborhood, home to many locally-owned businesses, is known as Columbia's eclectic village shopping area.



Ideally located in the center of the financial, entertainment and historic district the Hilton® Columbia Center is the place to stay.

The best restaurants and night clubs you can find in Columbia are within walking distance, and shopping is conveniently located nearby in the Congaree Vista. The Vista District, which has emerged as Downtown Columbia's premier dining and entertainment destinations, offers a variety of galleries, theaters just to name a few, all within a mile or two of our hotel.

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