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Columbus, OH

Travel Guide
Columbus featuring a garden, skyline and a pond

The capital of Ohio is known for its street food, cultural festivals and art scene. It’s also home to one of the largest state universities in the U.S.

Columbus is a large, culturally diverse city in the U.S. Midwest. Visit Ohio’s capital to experience Irish festivals, Mexican food, unique neighborhoods, such as the historic German Village, and a range of museums and attractions, from small art galleries to big zoos. Columbus is also home to Ohio State University and comes with all of the trappings of a college town. Enjoy a fun nightlife, one-of-a-kind shops and plenty of cultural events held throughout the year.

Plan your visit to coincide with the Jazz and Rib Fest, an annual summer tradition that features musicians and award-winning food. The Dublin Irish Festival is held the first weekend in August and attracts about 100,000 visitors, who come for three days of Celtic song and dance.

Spend an afternoon walking through the Short North Arts District, where dozens of boutique galleries and shops line the sidewalks. Escape typically hot and muggy summer days indoors at the Center of Science and Industry. It has interactive exhibits that will appeal to children and parents. Families will also love the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium north of the city center. Watch as polar bears swim overhead, and touch tropical sea creatures.

Columbus is known for its food trucks that sell anything from hot dogs and Mexican food to roast turkey. The trucks change location almost every day, but you’re always likely to find something in the center of town. Find more food, and other shopping, at the North Market, which hosts more than 30 merchants selling a range of fresh produce as well as arts and crafts.

There are also plenty of restaurants, bars and breweries in Columbus. After catching an Ohio State Buckeyes football game, go to the Arena District for happy hour prices. Take a tour at Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar.

While largely flat, Columbus is a sprawling city. Rent a car to get around with ease. Port Columbus International Airport is less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown, making it easy to access the city from any part of the world. Two interstate highways connect Columbus with nearby cities.

Where to stay in Columbus

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus OSU
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus OSU
2.5 out of 5
3031 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH
The price is $87 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jack Nicklaus Museum, Schottenstein Center, and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (954 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff Convenient location Older hotel but very well kept - clean and comfortable"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus OSU
Courtyard by Marriott Columbus West/Hilliard
Courtyard by Marriott Columbus West/Hilliard
3 out of 5
2350 Westbelt Dr, Columbus, OH
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $101 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated in Columbus, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Anthony Thomas Chocolates and within 9 mi (15 km) of Hollywood Casino and Schottenstein Center. Nationwide ...
4.2/5Excellent! (928 reviews)
"Very clean, staff friendly and helpful. Handicapped rooms were a bit tight, but we managed."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Columbus West/Hilliard
Hilton Columbus at Easton
Hilton Columbus at Easton
4 out of 5
3900 Chagrin Dr, Columbus, OH
The price is $127 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Easton, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Easton Town Center and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Champions of Columbus Golf Course. Gahanna Municipal Golf Course ...
4.3/5Excellent! (962 reviews)
"I’ve stayed at this location multiple times through many years and the last experience wasn’t impressive due to the room being unclean. This current visit has shown improvements and am very satisfied with the entire stay."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Hilton Columbus at Easton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
WoodSpring Suites Akron
WoodSpring Suites Akron
2.5 out of 5
3325 Fortuna Dr, Akron, OH
The price is $70 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Crystal Clinic QuickCare - Green and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Summa Health Green Medical Center. ...
3.2/5 (259 reviews)
"The property is safe. There are many families living here due to Covid. The walls aren't paper thin. Full size refrigerator and microwave provided. Check in lady there is very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2020

WoodSpring Suites Akron
Towneplace Suites By Marriott Streetsboro
Towneplace Suites By Marriott Streetsboro
2.5 out of 5
795 Mondial Pkwy, Streetsboro, OH
The price is $111 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Situated in Streetsboro, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tinker's Creek State Park, ZipCity, and Boulder Creek Golf Club. Hudson Springs Park and Herrick ...
4.4/5Excellent! (153 reviews)
"Love the kitchen and the location friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Towneplace Suites By Marriott Streetsboro
Marriott TownePlace Suites Dayton North
Marriott TownePlace Suites Dayton North
2.5 out of 5
3642 Maxton Road, Dayton, OH
The price is $109 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Murlin Heights, this aparthotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Scene75 Entertainment Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway ...
4.3/5Excellent! (372 reviews)
"Friendly service, nice location and quite."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Marriott TownePlace Suites Dayton North
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Columbus

You will most likely want to rent a car in Columbus, as the local transportation networks aren’t totally comprehensive. If you can’t rent a car, don’t worry, you will still be able to get around, but with less flexibility. Travel around the city on the local COTA buses, and visit the headline attractions downtown on the free CBUS circulator. There are plenty of options for taxis and ride-sharing, too. Visit the Ohio Department of Transportation website.Browse Columbus rental cars.

Best time to visit

Columbus has a clear peak tourist season that runs from June to August. As well as being the busiest time of year, this is by far the hottest, with daytime temperatures in August often exceeding 85 F (29 C). Visit in April or May, or September or October and you are still likely to have good, though slightly cooler, weather. Avoiding the summer will also mean less expensive accommodations.

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