Columbia, SC (WLTX) - There's promising economic news for the Palmetto state, tourism spending has risen to $16.5 billion in 2011, according to the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
And the Midlands brought in $300 million more in 2012 than the year before.
"All of our numbers are up now," Ric Luber with the Midlands Authority said. "We're approaching $4 million visitors coming into the community."
Visitors are flocking to South Carolina, including the Midlands.
"Tourism is on the rise here," Luber said. "We probably did in this past year about $1.3 billion."
So where are the main tourist attractions in the Midlands? The Midlands authority said there are many things that attract people to visit the area.
Allison Horner with the Columbia Museum of Art said people visit from everywhere.
"We have visitors from Columbia, but out of state visitors that come to our art museum to see are permanent collection in addition to our traveling exhibition," Horner said.
Here's the list of some of the most popular attractions:
- Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
- SC State House
- SC State Museum
- Columbia Museum of Art
- Congaree National Park
- Lake Murray
The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is at the top of the list. Last year, they saw record attendance with more than a million visitors.