Columbus is the capital and largest city of Ohio, the midwestern state of the United States of America. It is also the county seat of Franklin County. The city houses many significant buildings, such as the art-deco Ohio Judicial Centre, Rhodes State Office Tower, and the Greek Revival State Capitol.
What to see & do
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Located in the city of Powell, just north of Columbus, is a non-profit zoo called the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It is regarded as one of the best zoos in the United State, housing over 9,000 animals of over 700 species. The animals are grouped together according to which region in the world they came from; there are currently eight animal exhibits or regions in the zoo. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also hosts an 18-hole golf course, the Safari Golf Club. The zoo also operates a conservation program in addition to contributing to outside programs in 30 countries.
Columbus Museum of Art - The Columbus Museum of Art was founded in 1878 as the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. It was initially dedicated to European and American art, and recently branched out into more contemporary art exhibits and a photography collection. The museum features early Cubist paintings by Picasso and Juan Gris, as well as other works by well-known artists like Monet, Matisse, Edward Hopper, and Boucher.
German Village - The German Village is a historic neighborhood located south of downtown Columbus, where a community of German immigrants settled in the early to mid-19th century. The German Village is included in the National Register of Historic Places, and is the largest privately funded preservation district on the list. Though primarily residential, the neighborhood offers restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, bars, and shops. It also offers a park with gardens and a pond, and an outdoor theater. Book-lovers will enjoy the Book Loft, a large bookstore with 32 rooms of bargain books to explore.
How to get around within Columbus
Bus service covers most of the important places in the city. Transfers between bus types are subject to an upcharge, but transfers for a Local/Crosstown bus are free. Downtown Columbus is fairly walkable, and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation conducts walking tours. Most of the tourist attractions are generally a 20-minute walk from each other. Should you still rent a car to get outside of the areas surrounding downtown, there is abundance in inexpensive parking in majority of the major destinations. Note that U-Turns are illegal everywhere in Columbus.
How to get there
Travelers can come into the city by car; major highways include I-70, I-670, I-71, Route 315, and I-270. Getting in by plane means arriving at the Port Columbus International Airport, or Port Columbus for short. The airport is located 9.7km east of downtown Columbus. The airport is served only by a handful of airlines, namely Air Canada Express, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and US Airways Express, linking Columbus to Dallas, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, North Carolina, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Newark.
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