Columbus is the capital and the largest city in the state of Ohio, United States. It is the 15th largest city in the country, and is the core city and financial centre of the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is also the county seat of Franklin County, with portions expanded and annexed to the Delaware and Fairfield counties. Named after Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816.
Moreover, the city is full of beautiful neighbourhoods, a critically acclaimed food scene, and top-of-the-line attractions. Creatively crafted destinations offer something for everyone, and families will surely enjoy the museums and theme parks.
What to see & do
Columbus Coffee Trail – Columbus has arguably the best coffee scene in Midwest United States. This was caused by an abundance of cafes – alfresco and indoor shops serving freshly brewed coffee and treats on the side. Explore stand-out shops and taste what happens when quality and collaboration come first. Plus, travellers may partake in an activity where they need to pick-up a card at any participating coffee shop and do a crawl on four to five coffee shops to get a Columbus Coffee shirt.
American Whistle Corporation – Take a tour inside the factory of the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States and see some fascinating and state-of-the-art machinery which puts the ball inside the whistle. Some machines even date back as far as the foundation of the company, so travellers are in for an educational trip. Best of all, everyone gets to leave with a shiny new whistle.
Nightlife and Shopping in Columbus – Columbus' nightlife can range from a low-key evening at watering hole to rocking out with local bands, or even watching an encore performance of a ballet company. Columbus has a pulsing night scene, so to speak – and it proves even more interesting because there is so much to see and discover. Popular bars and night scene destinations include the A&R Music Bar, Arena District, Charlie Bear Land of Dance, Char-Bar, and many others. Performances can be viewed in Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Cloak and Dagger Dinner Theatre, CityMusic, BalletMet Columbus, CATCO, and others. Meanwhile, shopping in Columbus cannot be equated much with big malls, but can be defined with muted and simple streets filled with retail shops both local and designer. Pick up avant-garde pieces, or simply take some unique items found only in Columbus.
Art Scene in Columbus – Columbus artsy-folk and art scene is bursting with creativity from independent artists, artists-in-residence, and professional performing troupes which offer some serious and strong talent that is worth seeing. Have a pick on some of the best theatre companies, check out the exhibitions in galleries, and have a glimpse of local culture in the museums.
How to get around within Columbus
Travellers may go around the central business district by bus, cars, taxi cabs, or foot. Buses can take travellers to the important places in the city, which should be five blocks away from any conceivable location a traveller is in. Walking is also suggested, especially in Downtown Columbus where most attractions are located some 20 minutes from each other. Cars are, of course, the best way to travel around, due to the fact that roads are well maintained and that there are an essential number of parking spaces in the city centres. Taxi cabs can be hailed from the street, if not entirely comfortable driving.
How to get there
The Port Columbus International Airport is the main air hub if travelling to the city of Columbus and the other districts nearby Ohio. The airport is served by all major airlines including Air Canada Express, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta, Delta Connection, United Airlines, and many others. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online source of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide, including the above-mentioned.