Have a “famously hot” time in South Carolina’s happening Capital City, ranked one of the Top 50 places to live in the nation by News and World Reports; then, cool off in the lush blue waters of neighboring Lake Murray. The beautiful Midlands region of South Carolina offers something for everyone and is conveniently located off Interstates I-20 and I-26 in the central part of this quintessential Southern state.

cclm3Start off the adventure in the Capital City’s Vista, once a bustling cotton warehouse district and commercial railroad terminal, this part of downtown maintains its historic charm while bursting with every modern necessity. Visitors can peruse art galleries, collect timeless wares and fun threads at specialty shops and taste their way through the more than 60 restaurants and bars spanning a virtual globe with flavorful offerings—all without leaving the region. Burn off all of those good eats with a walking tour through the South Carolina State House or one of the many museums that call Columbia home. Make sure the little ones get in on the adventure by taking them for a walk on the wild side at the nationally acclaimed Riverbanks Zoo.

After exploring the capital city, recharge in nature with the pristine outdoor opportunities this region offers, cclm2including Lake Murray, the region’s largest recreational asset. Guests will see why Boating Magazine named Lake Murray one of the top 10 places to boat. Cruise through the nationally recognized fresh waters by climbing aboard The Spirit of Lake Murray and listen to live music as the captain sets sail into the beautiful Carolina sunset.

Take a tour of the State’s only national park, Congaree National Park, or Saluda Shoals Park, located below the Lake Murray Dam. Canoe, kayak or hike through these preserved and serene marshlands. Whether water lovers feel the need for speed or prefer to float on the area’s sparkling waters, local rental shops can accommodate everyone. At the end of the day, recharge in accommodations spanning charming cabins to waterfront rentals. Whether attracted to big city lights or the soft moonlight bouncing off quiet waters, Capital City/Lake Murray leaves nothing to be desired. www.LakeMurrayCountry.com.