Columbia is known for being `famously hot,` with summer temperatures matching the enormous number of fun things to do in South Carolina`s capital city. The city is home to the South Carolina State House, a Greek Revival building set in gardens dotted with monuments. Columbia is the first city in the US named for Christopher Columbus. A diverse collection spanning centuries is on display at the Columbia Museum of Art. From whitewater rafting on the rapids of the Saluda River to admiring local artwork at the world-class Columbia Museum of Art, the Palmetto State`s capital city caters to sightseers and thrill-seekers alike.