Columbus, IN

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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.

Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Tipton Lakes
Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Tipton Lakes
3 out of 5
3888 Mimosa Drive, Columbus, IN, 47201
The price is $79 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$79
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Columbus. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (861 reviews)
"Greta location… clean.,, nice staff. My only issue was the room was hot… the AC wasn’t working well. It was late so we did not bring it to the attention of the staff. I am sure they would have rectified it… but we were already settled in."

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Tipton Lakes
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Columbus - Edinburgh
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Columbus - Edinburgh
2.5 out of 5
101 Carrie Lane, Columbus, IN, 47201
The price is $98 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$98
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Columbus. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Didn’t like the riff rag at the front counter"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Columbus - Edinburgh
Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
400 Brown St, Columbus, IN, 47201
The price is $140 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$140
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Columbus. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (492 reviews)
Very Pleasant Stay
"Check-in was very pleasantly handled by Kim. Met Tripp, the hotel's doggie! Dalton was very friendly and informative while I waited for meals to take to our room. He shared a map and a book about Columbus. Tammy went out of her way to get a larger water cup for me. And breakfast service was ..."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2022

Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center, an IHG Hotel
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.
Cozy Home - You will Love this Home!
Cozy Home - You will Love this Home!
Columbus, IN
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Columbus. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions The Commons and Kidscommons Children's ...
5/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
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"Perfect location central to where our event was in Columbus. Very clean!"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2022

Cozy Home - You will Love this Home!
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
Stay at this beach cabin in Columbus. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a water park. Popular attraction Brown County State Park is located nearby. Discover ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (86 reviews)
A wonderful retreat spot!
"This was our second year staying at the cabin. It is amazing. Beautiful view, clean, abundant space, and plenty of little amenities that make it feel like a home away from home."

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2022

YOUR OWN PRIVATE 12 ACRE LAKE AND ISLAND, 80 ACRES TO EXPLORE & HOT TUB!
A Brown County Family Retreat
A Brown County Family Retreat
Columbus, Indiana
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Columbus. Enjoy free WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Popular attraction Sweetwater Lake is located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Awesome home in the woods
"This house is an awesome retreat. The extras, furnishings and kitchen are perfect. We highly recommend this property and you will not want to leave."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

A Brown County Family Retreat
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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