Columbus, IN

Travel Guide
Brown County State Park which includes autumn leaves and forest scenes

Sometimes called the Athens of the Prairie, this Midwest city is a treasure trove of modern, post-modern and contemporary buildings.

Columbus is a city filled with architectural innovation and splendor as well as imaginative pieces of public art. See the work of some of the most influential architects of the 20th century and discover the attractive countryside within and around the city.

The imaginative cityscape results from the late industrialist Joseph Irwin Miller’s desire to improve Columbus to lure businesses and employees to the area.

For a good introduction to the city’s architecture, stroll along Fifth Street which is nicknamed the Avenue of the Architects for the prominent architects who built there. Among its collection of impressive buildings are Historic City Hall, St. Peter's Lutheran Church and the First Christian Church, which was the first contemporary building in Columbus, constructed in 1942. Study the street’s public artworks such as The Large Arch by English artist Henry Moore.

Get around to other fascinating buildings and artworks in Columbus. Appreciate the unusual forms of Ancestral Way, a series of abstract sculptures along Third Street. Tour the Miller House and Garden, a mid-20th-century modernist masterpiece that was commissioned by J. Irwin Miller. An enjoyable way to discover the buildings is on the architecture bus tour organized by the Columbus Area Visitors Center.

While the architecture is often the magnet that pulls in visitors, Columbus also has beautiful southern Indiana scenery. Rent bikes from kiosks located throughout the city and ride along more than 27 miles (44 kilometers) of trails. You’ll pass through woods and along and over a river.

Kayak or canoe along the Driftwood River and relax in Mill Race Park, a riverfront park with lakes, playgrounds, basketball courts and an amphitheater for concerts.

To get to Columbus, fly into Indianapolis International Airport and pick up a rental car for the 190-mile (310-kilometer) drive to this vacation destination of imaginative art, architecture and Midwest scenery.

Sleep Inn & Suites
Sleep Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
2335 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, IN
The price is $101 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 5
Situated in Columbus, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kidscommons Children's Museum, The Commons, and Mill Race Park. Bartholomew County Fairgrounds and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (515 reviews)
"Room was very quite. Check in quick. Oddly, the bathroom sink was running full force when I arrived."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Sleep Inn & Suites
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus, IN
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus, IN
2.5 out of 5
2820 Merchants Mile, Columbus, IN
The price is $112 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Situated in Columbus, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kidscommons Children's Museum, The Commons, and Mill Race Park. Bartholomew County Fairgrounds and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (298 reviews)
"Hotel was very new and clean, friendly staff and great breakfast."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Columbus, IN
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus
3 out of 5
131 Carrie Lane, Columbus, IN
The price is $158 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kidscommons Children's Museum, The Commons, and Mill Race Park. Bartholomew County ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (81 reviews)
"Nice room, nice beds and good breakfast. Only complaint was the male Karen front desk worker. Who wouldn't let me kids sit in chairs in the workout room while i did my workout."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus
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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus
3 out of 5
131 Carrie Lane, Columbus, IN
The price is $158 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kidscommons Children's Museum, The Commons, and Mill Race Park. Bartholomew County ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (81 reviews)
"Nice room, nice beds and good breakfast. Only complaint was the male Karen front desk worker. Who wouldn't let me kids sit in chairs in the workout room while i did my workout."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus
YOUR OWN PRIVATE 12 ACRE LAKE AND ISLAND, 80 ACRES TO EXPLORE & HOT TUB!
YOUR OWN PRIVATE 12 ACRE LAKE AND ISLAND, 80 ACRES TO EXPLORE & HOT TUB!
Columbus, IN
This family-friendly Columbus cabin is located on the waterfront, 1 mi (1.6 km) from Brown County State Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Brown County Music ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Beautiful property
"We had such a wonderful time with the lake and the beautiful cabin. It was really windy but we still had a great time and would definitely come back to stay when it gets warmer. The host was excellent I needed assistance and they did anything and everything possible to make things great for my family ..."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

YOUR OWN PRIVATE 12 ACRE LAKE AND ISLAND, 80 ACRES TO EXPLORE & HOT TUB!
Cozy Home - You will Love this Home!
Cozy Home - You will Love this Home!
Columbus, IN
This family-friendly Columbus vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Combat Readiness, Kidscommons Children's Museum, and The Commons. Mill Race Park is 2.4 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Amazing Home, Amazing Owner
"We have stayed here a total of 4 different times! The property manager is absolutely amazing. She responds super fast. The house is beautiful, clean and so welcoming. It definitely feels like home! My fiance proposed to me the weekend we stayed there!!!! 100/10 recommend!"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Cozy Home - You will Love this Home!
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.

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