Even though it’s the fifteenth largest city in the United States, a bustling place like Columbus can still be overlooked as a great destination city in the Midwest. Yet Columbus has something to offer each of its visitors. A trip to Columbus will easily have you hooked on the Biggest Small Town in America.
Locals will tell you that the highways of Columbus are completely empty when there’s a football game in town. That’s right: All of you sports aficionados can count on Columbus as one of the college football meccas of the U.S. Gather with friends and make new ones while you play bags or corn hole (the name varies depending on your neck of the woods—you might call it bean bags, or just bags) in a tailgating environment that’ll feel more like a street festival with all of its hoopla. Enjoy delicious barbecued and smoked meat, craft beers and spirits, and cheer on your favorite team.
If sports are not your jam, there are plenty of other ways to engage with the sights and sounds of Columbus. Spend an afternoon walking through Short North Arts District, a hip and vibrant neighborhood full of coffee shops, art galleries, murals, and small vintage boutiques. This mile-and-a-half-long strip runs along High Street from Nationwide Boulevard to King Avenue, and is easily accessible via bus or car. Here, 20th-century architecture meets street murals. Visit some of the most well-known landmarks of Columbus by walking through iconic arches and getting a sideways view of the Mona Lisa. With so much exploring done on foot, you’ll likely work up an appetite! Just east of High Street, you’ll find Italian Village and Victorian Village, two epicenters for some of the best restaurants in the city. From delicious pizza to live musical acts on patios, Columbus has a vibrant dining and nightlife scene.
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Things to do in Columbus.
- German Village
- Brewery District
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
- Columbus Park of Roses
- Olentangy Trail
- North Market
- Wexner Center for the Arts
- Center of Science and Industry (COSI)