Plan Your Trip

SelinaThe Greening of Religions will be held in the Gambrell Building of the University of South Carolina in downtown Columbia. On this area map, Gambrell is the unmarked building between the National Advocacy Center and Greene Street.

Transportation. Columbia Airport code is CAE. It is 7.7 miles from campus/downtown, and most downtown hotels have shuttles.  There is no train from the airport, nor any kind of metro train, but you won’t need it for just the conference.  If you arrive in town by bus, the station is several blocks from the campus; you’ll probably want to take a cab from there.  We have very limited Amtrak passenger service which only arrives and departs around 3AM each morning. The station is downtown, about a mile from campus.

These nearby hotels are within walking distance (1-3 blocks). We see that prices vary widely from one travel site to another so we recommend that you shop places like Expedia, Travelocity, TripAdvisor, etc., before making your reservation. Of course, there are many hotels throughout the Columbia area if you have transportation.

Inn at USC – Wyndham Garden (marked “a” on this map, near corner of Pickens and Pendleton)

Inn at Claussen’s (see map, at corner of Green and Laurens)

Clarion Hotel Downtown (many of you stayed here in 2013, on Gervais Street between Pickens and Henderson)

Columbia, South Carolina is “Famously Hot” for our often overly warm weather. But April 1-3 promises to be a treat for those coming in from cooler climes.  Dogwoods, azaleas and fruit trees will all be in bloom. It’s always possible that we will have a cool snap at that time, but it’s also possible we will enjoy sandal and short sleeve weather. Be sure to check weather reports before coming – you will not have to pack parkas and snow boots!

Restaurants – visit the Columbia Visitor’s Bureau for a full listing of Columbia’s hundreds of restaurants. Again, many of them will be walking distance from the above hotels and conference site. Greening will provide simple box lunches on Friday and Saturday.

Tourism – Columbia is a destination location for thousands of visitors each year. Among the things which may interest you are:

  • The historic University of South Carolina campus
  • The State Capitol (proudly NOT flying the Confederate flag as of 2015)
  • The Confederate Relic Room (on USC campus)
  • Five Points restaurant, bar and shopping district (3 blocks from our conference building)
  • Riverbanks Zoo – a world class zoo and botanical garden
  • Gibbes Museum – on campus near our meeting location
  • Columbia Museum of Art – on Main Street
  • S.C. State Museum – on Gervais Street about 1.5 miles from our meeting location
  • U.S. Armed Forces Chaplains’ School and Center, including the chaplains museum, at Fort Jackson. (If there is interest in this, we will attempt to set up a Thursday afternoon tour of the museum.)

If you have additional questions, contact us at CHS @