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Flights to Columbia in Maryland

image of Columbia MarylandColumbia is situated in the US state of Maryland, in the east of the USA. Built as a planned community, Columbia consists of ten villages which are completely self contained so it’s not a city as such, but with ten unique villages to explore a visit to Columbia is interesting if nothing else!

Columbia does not have its own airport, and the nearest one is the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (airport code: BWI). There are public buses between Columbia and the airport for easy traveller access. Delta Airlines stops once during its flight to Columbia, connecting in Atlanta. Another 1-stop flight is available with British Airways, travelling through London instead. Routes with two connections can be booked with South African Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Both airlines transfer in London and New York.

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The Tourist Attractions in Columbia in Maryland:

Columbia is quite different to most other American cities in that there’s no central downtown or business district here. The ten villages all have their own schools, services, shops, and more so that their residents have everything they need close by. Even so, Columbia is still home to many of the ‘big box’ stores that the US is so famous for. The only two central amenities for residents of any of the villages is the large shopping mall, called The Mall in Columbia, and the man-made Lake Kittamaqundi. These two attractions are also the main draw for visitors to Columbia.

Lake Kittamaqundi
The man-made reservoir for Columbia is called Lake Kittamaqundi. Named after the first Indian settlement in the county, Kittamaqundi means ‘meeting place’, and that’s exactly what this lake serves as – a meeting place for the people of, and visitors to, Columbia to come and enjoy. During the summer you can enjoy boating, swimming and walking, and it’s always used heavily for 4th of July celebrations, such as fireworks and more.

In addition to Kittamaqundi there are two other lakes in Columbia, lake Elkhorn and Wilde Lake, which are both popular attractions too. If you prefer swimming pools for some fun and recreation, Columbia has plenty of these, several of which feature slides.

The Mall in Columbia
If you’re looking to do some shopping when staying in Columbia The Mall is a great place to come for famous name stores. There are five ‘anchor’ stores here including Macy’s, Sears, and JCPenney, plus over 200 other smaller stores. As with many other large malls you’ll also find restaurants here and a 14 screen cinema.

Shopping in Columbia isn’t just about big shopping malls though. Despite the fact that some of the villages’ own shopping centres have changed somewhat since they were first built, you can still find an assortment of smaller, and independent stores, if you want to shop for something a bit different.

When Should You Visit?:

Columbia’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, meaning it will get warm to hot summers with high humidity, and mild to cool winters. July is usually the hottest month with an average high of 33C, and low of 23C. The temperatures remain mild from spring through to autumn then drop a little in the winter. With lower humidity levels during the spring and autumn these are perhaps the best times to visit.

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