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Hotels in Columbia near Fort Jackson

Fort Jackson Introduction

Fort Jackson is a U.S. Army base used by the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command for Basic Combat Training. Named for President Andrew Jackson, the facility was opened in 1917. Today it's used to train nearly half of all soldiers and 60 percent of all women entering the Army each year, making it the Army's most active and largest initial entry training center. Approximately 42,000 soldiers train at Fort Jackson each year. The base is in a primarily commercial area just east of downtown Columbia, which offers a wealth of dining, nightlife, and entertainment options.

Hotels near Fort Jackson

There's a broad range of lodging options near Fort Jackson. The hotels nearest to the base are at the lower end of the price scale, including several budget-friendly hotels and simple motels offering basic amenities. The mid-range and higher-end hotels of downtown Columbia typically offer additional comforts such as pools, restaurants, or roof terraces. If you want to avoid the crowds, try not to come during graduation or family days at Fort Jackson, or major events at the University of South Carolina in downtown. Bargains may be easier to find during summer when temperatures soar and the university is less busy.

Where to stay near Fort Jackson

There's a pair of budget hotels across from Fort Jackson, as well as clusters of lodging options about 6 miles both north and south of the base along I-77. Most of these properties offer budget-friendly rooms, and the areas feature a selection of casual eateries and fast-food restaurants. Downtown Columbia, set along the Congaree River and known for its historic architecture, has a wealth of popular restaurants and bars. The Five Points neighborhood, one of the oldest in the city, offers a hip dining and nightlife scene, and draws a lively student crowd from the nearby University of South Carolina.

Things to see near Fort Jackson

Fort Jackson is in a prime spot for exploring the Columbia area. Downtown Columbia is about 9 miles away, and offers a wide range of popular restaurants and bars, as well as the Greek Revival-style South Carolina Statehouse and the campus of the University of South Carolina. The 167-acre Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, along the Congaree River, offers picnic areas, a popular running and biking trail, and an amphitheater that hosts annual concerts and festivals. Just across the river from Downtown is the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, featuring a zoo, an aquarium, and a botanical garden.

How to get to Fort Jackson

Fort Jackson is easy to reach from central areas of Columbia, as well as from other parts of the country. Columbia Metropolitan Airport is about 20 miles away. Amtrak offers train service to Columbia Station in Downtown, while Greyhound runs buses to the Columbia Bus Station north of Fort Jackson. There's an extensive public transportation system, known as the COMET, that offers service throughout the greater Columbia area, and features a line running directly to Fort Jackson. A number of major highways connect Columbia to surrounding cities and states. Downtown Columbia is easy to explore on foot.