A picturesque German Village. A gorgeous winding trail along a calm river. A market full of delicious and unique eats. You could argue that Ohio’s scenic capital is the ideal American city, blending Midwestern grace with a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Here you can check out the boutique shops and trendy restaurants in the Short North neighborhood and in the same day stroll around an authentic 19th-century German Village. Columbus feels at once big but homey, and there are plenty of amazing things to do in Columbus, Ohio!
Germans and Italians settled much of the city in the early 20th century, and in recent decades, Ohio State University and a thriving white-collar economy have attracted transplants from every corner of the globe. Indigenous history also runs deep in Columbus, with the Shrum Mound, a series of earthen hillocks built by pre-Columbian civilizations over 2,000 years ago, just a short car ride away. The Ohio History Center, near downtown Columbus, offers thoughtful and educational exhibits on the Adena, the people responsible for the Shrum Mounds, as well as other Indigenous groups of the Eastern Plains.
Foodies can look forward to Midwestern mainstays like smashburgers and chili dogs, but also creative fine dining, swank speakeasies, and the delightful smorgasbord that is North Market. For hop heads, Columbus punches well above its weight for fantastic breweries, including nationally recognized standouts like Land Grant. Finally, the city buzzes with intellectual energy: not only is there Ohio State University, a world-renowned research university, but also a bevy of destination-worthy museums like the COSI and Columbus Museum of Art.
Below, find everything you need to know about exploring the Buckeye State’s capital!
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