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Ohio’s friendly and welcoming state capital, sprawling Columbus boasts all the trappings of a top notch city break. From first-rate family attractions like the zoo and science center, to world-class cultural establishments offering an exciting line up of music, ballet, and theater. Outdoorsy types can take time out in the city’s lush green parcels, whilst history buffs will find no shortage of historic monuments and museums. Each summer, Columbus hosts the buzzing Ohio State Fair – one of the biggest and best in the United States.

Things to see

Housing the state’s government, Ohio Statehouse is a masterpiece of Greek Revival architecture, with its imposing pillared design. Set within 10-acre grounds, visitors are free to tour the building, which features a richly adorned interior and a trove of large scale artworks. If shopping governs your itinerary, then make a beeline for Easton Town Center. A village-like complex with pedestrian-friendly streets, the quaint retail utopia is home to restaurants, a cinema, and well over 200 stores – offering both big brands and luxury designer labels. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium takes visitors on a round the world wildlife safari. Home to 10,000 animals housed within themed regions, you can see everything from leopards and tigers in the ‘Asia Quest’ area, to lions and giraffes in the ‘Heart of Africa’. Located on campus at the Ohio State University, Ohio Stadium is the home turf of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Along with rowdy football games, the 100,000-seater venue also plays host to major musical concerts.

Hotels in Columbus

Whether you’re here on a break or business, the hotels in Columbus come suitably equipped for both. You can take your pick from luxury multi-story establishments boasting sleek and stylish amenities, historical digs offering a more elegant stay, or one of many chain name hotels the city has to offer. Columbus’ more modestly priced lodgings usually come as the latter, and count swimming pools, fitness facilities, and business centers among their amenities. For a cheap no frills stay, you’ll find a huge choice of brand name motels and hotels in Columbus, many of which sit a few miles north of downtown.

Where to stay

A hotel in Columbus’ flourishing downtown district puts you right in amongst the action, with eclectic shopping, multicultural dining, and a vibrant nightlife. It’s also home to some of the city’s best highbrow haunts, including the BalletMet Columbus and the Columbus Museum of Art, and near to green spaces like the Franklin Park Conservatory – which boasts 88 acres of botanical idyll. Centered on the nation’s largest university, the University District offers an array of places to eat, shop, and party, and features numerous on-campus attractions. Among them there’s the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, and the Jack Nicklaus Museum – which focuses on the city’s golfing hero.

How to get to Columbus

Columbus is served by Port Columbus International Airport, situated just 6 miles east of the city’s downtown center. It’s a well-connected gateway, with links to major US cities including Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. There are also year-round flights to Toronto, and seasonal services to Cancun. When you’ve landed the Route 92 bus provides a cost effective link from the city, with taxis being a pricier alternative. Columbus is also served by the Greyhound bus, whilst those driving in can access the city via Interstates 70 and 71, both of which pass right through it.

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