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Columbus Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Columbus

A lively student city, Ohio's cultural center, and full of surprises, Columbus is a tourist gem in America's heartland.

It's the kind of town that caters to everyone. If you want to watch College Sports, catch gigs from cutting-edge bands, or party all night, Columbus delivers. But with the Ohio Theater downtown, the art galleries of Short North and the sedate restaurants and boutiques in the German Village, Ohio's capital is ideal for all visitors.

Columbus is also a great host, staging events all year-round, like the ebullient Festival Latino, the RPG-themed Origins Game Fair, and Red, White and BOOM, one of the biggest 4th of July celebrations around.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Columbus

What to do in Columbus

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Scioto Mile

When to Visit Columbus

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Summer is the best season to walk around the city center and neighborhoods like Short North or German Village (and the 4th of July celebrations are not to be missed if you are in town). However, there events all year round, so there's hardly a bad time to visit.

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How to Get to Columbus

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Where to Stay in Columbus

Downtown Columbus is full of excellent hotels, including the Sheraton Columbus Hotel and the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, but it might be more fun to stay in more atmospheric neighborhoods. The German Village Inn is a no-frills option, while Le Meridien's The Joseph is near Short North and would suit art fans. Good choices near OSU include the Blackwell and the reliable Fairfield Inn.

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How to Get Around Columbus

The Cost of Living in Columbus

Shopping Streets

If you want to shop at small independent boutiques, Short North is the place to go, where stores like Tigertree, Happy Go Lucky Her, Il Moda, and Ladybird rub shoulders with major brands like American Apparel. You can also pick up beautiful artworks at galleries like Pizzuti and Hammond Harkins. For a more conventional mall-style shopping experience, try Easton Town Center or Polaris Fashion Place in the northern suburbs.

Groceries and Other

There are plenty of great places to buy food and other groceries in Columbus, including supermarkets like Kroger and Giant Eagle. However, try to find time to visit North Market as well, where you'll find fresh produce, cheese, fine wines, and artisan foods from all over the world. In general, groceries should be fairly affordable. Expect to pay about $2.70 for a gallon of milk and $2 for a pound of apples.

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$40.75
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$2.00
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$3.37

Where to Eat in Columbus

Columbus is a fantastic place to eat, with a huge array of different culinary options. If you love sauerkraut and bratwurst, head to German eateries like Schmidt's or Hofbräuhaus Columbus. Portia's Cafe and Dosa Corner are superb vegetarian restaurants, Kihachi is a gourmet Japanese option, and Lindey's serves up traditional, perfectly cooked American fare. Prices vary, but a sit down meal will usually cost around $15-25.

Most popular restaurants in Columbus

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Columbus
Contemporary American
Excellent (1,403 reviews)
The Pearl
The Pearl
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Gastro Pub
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Lindey's
Lindey's
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Contemporary American
Excellent (957 reviews)
Cap City Fine Diner & Bar - Grandview
American
Excellent (934 reviews)
Mitchell's Ocean Club - Easton Town Center
Seafood
Excellent (912 reviews)
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Columbus
Steakhouse
Excellent (875 reviews)
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