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Columbus is a Latinized version of the Italian "Colombo". The name "Columbus" may refer to:




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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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For other places with the same name, see Columbus (disambiguation).
A view of downtown Columbus' skyline from street level.
A view of downtown Columbus' skyline from street level.

Columbus [1] is the capital of the American state of Ohio and is located centrally within the state in the Mid-Ohio region. Sited in an area where the Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Appalachia, and the Plains meet, Columbus is a fusion of many different part of America. It is the home of The Ohio State University. The combination of Ohio Government and Ohio State University has fueled amazing growth both financially and physically in Columbus. It has created a business and research enviroment that has provided substantial employment opportunities to the diverse ethnic and local graduates of Ohio State University, and other academic institutions in Columbus. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), is projected to be one of the top 50 supercomputers in the world and among the top 10 supercomputing academic centers.


Named after the Italian explorer who sailed under the Spanish flag (In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue), this city is the largest in Ohio in terms of population with 730,657, and the 15th largest city in the United States. With 1.7 million people, the metropolitan statistical area is the 31st largest in the nation. Major area employers are state government (as the state capital), Ohio State University (the largest student population in the nation) and numerous Fortune 500 companies headquartered here (Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, etc.). It is a day's drive from one half of the U.S. population and is located at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.

Generally arranged in a really big wheel, Columbus is the central hub to many nearby cities including (clockwise from the north):

  • Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH), 4600 International Gateway, +1 614 239-4083, [2]. Port Columbus is served by all the major airlines, with direct flights to most major American cities. Aside from rental cars, the airport can also be reached by the #92 bus, or by taxi. A taxi ride to downtown is only 10 minutes and will cost approximately $25. Depending on your schedule and where you are connecting to, it may be worthwhile to check flights to Dayton as well, as they are often cheaper.   edit
  • Rickenbacker International Airport Passenger Charter Terminal/2241 John Circle Dr. +1 614 239-4000. [3] Charter flights.
  • Major highways include I-71 & Rte. 315 (north and south), I-70 & I-670 (east and west), and the outer-belt, I-270. US Routes 33, 23, and 40 also converge downtown.
  • Greyhound Station, 111 East Town St, +1 614 228-2266, [4]. Hours: 24 hours a day.
  • Megabus, +1 877 462-6342, [5]. Service to Columbus from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Fares start at $1. Buses arrive and depart downtown Columbus at the COTA Express Transit Terminal, located at West Spring Street and North Wall Street. Buses also serve Ohio State University from a stop at the north side of the Neil Drive loop next to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Neil Drive is located northwest of Neil Avenue and West 12th Avenue.

Get around

By bus

The COTA bus service [6] can take you to most important places in the city, which should be about 5 blocks away from any conceivable location you need to go to. This service costs $2.00 for an express bus and $1.50 for a normal bus. Transfers are free; ask for one from the bus driver when you pay your fare.

By foot

The entire corridor of High St (US Route 23) from Clintonville in the North to Merion Village in the South is extremely pedestrian-friendly, though it does pass through some less-than-scenic areas, particularly the few blocks between campus and the short north. Downtown Columbus is a walkable city with most attractions located within a 20 minute walk of each other. The Columbus Landmarks Foundation conducts walking tours, too. [7]

By car

Columbus is a car-centric city, with usage of a car required outside of the areas directly surrounding downtown. Parking is extensive (and reasonably priced) at almost all major destinations. There are many surface lots and garages around the city. There are only a few areas of the city, like the Short North, where parking can be hard to come by; those locations all feature abundant valet parking at an affordable $5 per vehicle. Keep in mind that U-turns are illegal citywide in Columbus. Downtown is a short ten minute drive ($20 taxi fare) from Port Columbus (the airport) via I-670W.

  • Adena Conical Burial Mound. AKA Campbell Mound State Memorial. 20 feet high - 100 feet in diameter. Close to 270 W and I 70 intersection in Columbus OH on Montgomery St. Woodlands Period about 1,000 BC - 700 AD.
  • Columbus Crew Stadium, Adjacent to Ohio Historical Society of of I-71. Home ot Columbus Crew Soccer and as of 2008 a $2 million dollar new stage has been installed to host big-name concerts. Great location.
  • The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Dr. +1 614 645-3400, [8]. Columbus' zoo has been rated number one in the country, which also includes it's golf course, water/theme park and soon-to-be resort. The zoo has a great collection of endangered species, including manatees, cheetahs and lowland gorillas. They recently opened the Asia Quest exhibit with Siberian tigers, sun bears and Pallas cats.
  • Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St, +1 614 221-6801 (, [9]. Free on Sundays. Has a good restaurant.
  • The Greater Columbus Convention Center, [10]. Located downtown between the Arena District and the Short North, this convention center houses gaming cons, Sci-Fi cons, teachers association meetings, fitness expos and almost any kind of large gathering you can imagine. A Hyatt Regency hotel is built into the structure and several other hotels are connected by skyway tunnels.
  • COSI, 333 West Broad St, +1 614 228-COSI, [11]. COSI is an amazing museum, where kids will want to stay forever because of the cool and interactive science and technology exhibits. Adults love it, too. The building itself is a massive elliptical building, directly across the Scioto River from Downtown. It was built around Central High School.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Franklin Park Conservatory Beautiful sculpted gardens and indoor biomes make up this spectacular site. The conservatory hosts various exhibitions (such as Blooms & Butterflies each spring with live releases) and has a collection of Chihuly glass. General William Tecumseh Sherman gave his famous 'War is Hell' speech here.
  • Ohio Craft Museum [12], 1665 West Fifth Ave, +1 614 486-4402, . M–Sa 10AM–5PM Su. 1PM–4 PM. Closed Sa. Five major exhibitions each year.
  • Ohio Statehouse, downtown at the intersection of Broad and High streets, +1 614 728-2695, [13]. This is the Ohio Capitol building, built in pre-Civil War time. It still houses the state legislature. It's open for browsing and they offer free tours daily.
  • Experience Columbus (the convention & visitors bureau), [14], has a complete list of attractions.
  • Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium 300 W. Broad St. +1 614 221-4341 [15]
  • Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High St. +1 614 827-2500. [16] Attached to Hyatt Regency. Parking for Convention Center is adjacent to Hyatt. Food Court and shopping. More shopping and restaurants across High St. Most amenities for convention visitors are to the North on High St.
  • Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Dr. [17] Home to OSU foootball.
  • Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center 55 Arena Dr. [18] (Take Lane Ave across Olentangy River.) OSU Basketball, concerts, monstor trucks. Great facility!!!! All tickets through ticketmaster [19]
  • Wyandotte Winery - 4640 Wyandotte Dr. [20], is a family run winery located in a cozy neighborhood setting in northeast Columbus. Wyandotte has produced fine grape and fruit wines on premises for over 30 years. Visit the wine shop and tasting room, enjoy a taste of the current wine offerings, and browse the wine related items in the gift shop.
  • Wexner Center for The Arts, 1871 N High St, 6142920330, [21]. Weekly, depend on show. One of the country's leading modern arts centers. The center, named after the Limited Brands founder Lex Wexner, features world renowned visual art exhibits (at one time a Andy Warhol installation), international films, live theater, and modern dance. The center is conveniently located on High St. in Columbus' University District.  edit


These are a few of the larger/major events in Columbus:

  • All American Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio Expo Center/Fairgrounds, Oct. [22]
  • The Arnold Fitness Classic Held once a year in early March at the Columbus Convention Center. Tons of competitions ranging from martial arts to cheerleading to bench press, plenty of "fitness babes" and free supplement samples, and speeches from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. [23]
  • Asian Festival At Franklin Park. Annual Event. May. Food, games, market place, health screening. Great location! Free. [24]
Asian Fest
Asian Fest
  • Columbus Arts Festival, Downtown Riverfront. June (annual event) Arts, crafts, food, music, entertainment. Big event. [25]
  • Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, River Front downtown, July. Expect 500-700,000 people at this fun food and music event held each year.
  • ComFest, the Columbus Community Festival, at Goodale Park in June. Music, arts, culture, shopping, fair food, beer & bare feet. Who's who of Columbus musicians and those from elsewhere! [26]
  • Festival Latino, is held on the downtown River Front in the middle of June each year. Billed as "The largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio". Lot's of food, fun, entertainment and feista. Free admission. [27]
  • German Village Oktoberfest, South Grant & East Livingston Ave September.
  • Good Guys Columbus Ohio State Fairgrounds, Over 6,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, street machines and trucks thru ’72. July. [28]
  • Ohio Expo Center. 717 E. 17th Ave. [29] Home to The Ohio State Fair. Each month, a variety of shows, expositions and competitions are held at the Ohio Expo Center, over 175 events per year. These range from shopping for antiques to boxing, there is something for everyone at the Ohio Expo Center.
  • Origins International Game Expo Origins is run by The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) as one of their two shows for the adventure gaming industry. (The second show, the GAMA Trade Show, is for game manufacturers and retailers only.) Origins is specifically chartered to serve adventure gaming in general, including wargames and miniatures gaming, which tend to be less well represented at Gen Con and Dragon*Con. Board games, trading card games, and role-playing games are also popular at Origins. It is usually compared in size with E3 and GenCon, and is famous for it's Origin Awards. The Origins Award is commonly referred to as a Calliope, as the statuette is in the likeness of the Muse of the same name. Academy members frequently shorten this name to "Callie."
  • Red, White & BOOM, downtown, river front. Take a bus, traffic is as bad as it gets in Columbus for this event. Billed as The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest. July. [30]
  • Experience Columbus (the convention & visitors bureau) [31], has a complete calendar of events.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets - NHL Hockey [32]
  • Columbus Clippers - MLB AAA Baseball [33]
  • The Ohio State University - NCAA College [34]
  • Columbus Crew - Major League Soccer [35]
  • The American Whistle Factory 6540 Huntley Rd. +1 614 846-2918 [36] The only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States
  • Anthony-Thomas Candy Co. 1777 Arlington Gate. +1 877 226-3921. [37] Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am. to 2:30 pm.
  • Graeter’s Ice Cream Factory 2555 Bethel Rd. +1 614 442-7622 [38]
  • The Krema Nut Company 1000 W. Goodale Blvd. +1 614 299-4131. [39] One of the oldest peanut butter makers still manufacturing in the United States today! And PB & Jelley Sandwich shop.
  • Gentlemen Clubs Gentlemen Clubs are scattered throughout Columbus and are open to those 18+, and are considered by most to be acceptable entertainment. Some offer alcohol, some are BYOB, some are alcohol free. Most all are open to both male and female, however most only offer male or female entertainers. Expect to pass through metal detector and provide some form of identity. Current law does not allow total nudity after mid-night.
  • Scioto Downs Two miles south of Route 270 on Route 23 South (High Street). [40] Harness racing and betting.
Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Capital University, 1 College and Main. +1 614 236-6011 [41]
  • Columbus College of Art & Design, 107 North Ninth St +1 614 224-9101 [42]
  • Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St +1 614 287-5353 [43]
  • DeVry University Columbus, 1350 Alum Creek Dr +1 614 253-7291 [44]
  • Hondros College, 4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville. +1 614 508-7277. [45] Nursing, real estate, appraisal, insurance and other subjects.
  • Ohio State School for the Blind, 5220 N High St., +1 614 752-1359 [46] K-12 grades. Excellent resident school for the blind.
  • The Ohio State University, 154 W. 12th Ave (132 Enarson Hall), +1 614 292-OHIO, The largest university in the nation. OSU is home to one of the most storied football programs in history. See The Horseshoe (The Ohio Stadium), The Oval, Mirror Lake. [47]
  • Ohio Dominican University Campus, 1216 Sunbury Rd, +1 614 473-9003. [48] One of Ohio’s oldest and most respected accredited universities.


To provide an idea of the diverse mix of Columbus-based business activity, the following Fortune 500 headquarters are in Columbus:

  • Cardinal Health
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • American Electric Power
  • Limited Brands, women's and girl's apparel
  • Hexion Specialty Chemicals
  • Big Lots, discount retail stores
High St.
High St.
  • The Short North [49] is neighborhood of galleries, restaurants and cafes lining High Street, which is the main north-south thoroughfare in the downtown. The Short North lies just north of the downtown on the north side of I-670. The Short North runs until about Third Avenue. In 2005, the overpass of I-670 was finished with shops making a "cap" over the freeway with restaurants and shops. Check out the Gallery Hop the first Saturday of every month when the galleries stay open late and the streets and bars are definitely hopping.
  • Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, [50]. A typical "town center" shopping mall featuring more upscale stores.
  • Lennox Town Center Olentangy River Rd., next to State Route 315 just west of the Ohio State University. Theaters, Target, Bath and Body Works, Barnes & Noble, restaurants.
  • Polaris Fashion Place 1500 Polaris Parkway. West of of I-71 @ Polaris. +1 614 846-1500 [51] One of the new commercial shopping areas, loaded with popular stores and restaurants.
  • The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Tuttle Crossing Blvd. at I-270, A 980,000 square foot mall with over 120 stores and a food court.
  • Hey Diddle Diddle Children's Clothing Boutique, 38 North State Street (I-270 to Westerville Road exit then North 2 miles), 614 818 5437, [52]. 10-5 M-Sat. Children's Clothing Boutique serving greater Columbus. In beautiful historic Uptown Westerville, the charm of the 1800's with the ammenities of today   edit
  • Milk Bar Boutique (Society of Fashionable Savages), 1203 N. High St., [53]. Urban clothing boutique  edit
  • Kroger Throughout Columbus. Ask for discount card!
  • Giant Eagle Throughout Columbus. Ask for discount card.
  • Whole Foods Market 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. +1 614 760-5556
  • Meijer Throughout Columbus. Pronounced "MEYE-er".


The City of Columbus issues approximately 6,000 licenses for a variety of types of food vendors, Franklin County issues about 3,000 for the remainder of the County and the suburban area.

Food Safety – In Columbus, starting late May of 2007, all 6,000 local restaurants must post color coded signs that reflect the results of the most previous inspection by the Columbus Public Health Dept. Green = passing most recent inspection. Red, yellow or white suggests you probably may want to reconsider your options. The law applies to public pools, tattoo parlors, spas, campgrounds as well as food markets. The sign must be obvious, within five foot of an entrance.

  • Raising Canes, [54]. Five locations in the Columbus area. Fast food chain that serves excellent chicken fingers in a tasty dipping sauce. Try the box combos that include fries, cole slaw, and Texas toast.
  • Penn Station, [55]. This chain serves toasted subs using freshly-grilled meats, fries freshly cut from potatoes, and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
  • City Barbeque, [56]. Chain that is primarily in Columbus, with locations in a few of the suburbs. Incredibly good pulled pork, with tastes for anyone interested in BBQ cooking.
  • Yau's China Bistro This is an unpretentious, but incredibly good Chinese restaurant located on North High Street, part of the campus area. Very authentic and reasonably priced.
  • Udupi Cafe Excellent inexpensive South Indian restaurant, located on 161 between I-71 and Cleveland Ave.
  • Mi Mi Cafe 5858 Columbus Square in the shopping area at Cleveland Ave and 161. Very nice vietnamese sandwiches and noodle dishes. Iced coffee and billiards too.
  • Wendy's headquartered in nearby Dublin, Ohio. The original Wendy's restaurant was located downtown on Broad Street, but has closed.
  • Aladdin's Eatery, Grandview, High St, & Dublin locations, Mediterranean fusion. Healthy, fresh, and priced well.
  • El Arepazo, Corner of Gay and Pearl. Venezuelan faire. Delicous and cheap.
  • Yanni's, Cleveland Ave. and I-270. Huge portions, cheap, good Greek food. Unbelievable desserts.
  • Lunch Wagons called loncheras, or lovingly refered to as "roach coaches" which cater to a Latino labor force, are becoming a common sight around town and are very popular with those in the know. Simlar to the lunch wagons so popular in Hawaii, but with a Latino twist. They are subject to inspection by the health dept. and should not be feared but enjoyed.
  • White Castle Scattered throughout Columbus, you will find the popular White Castle burger franchise. Fries, burgers, shakes, breakfast. Most are open 24/7 and offer some of the most inexpensive eats in town.
  • Thurman's, 183 Thurman Ave (about a block east of High St. at Greenlawn Ave). A bar with the absolute best burgers in town in the nice German Village area. The Thurman Burger is loaded with all types of meat, including ham and bacon and globs of all of your favorite garnishings. The wings are also rumored to be excellent, but it's difficult to go there and not order one of their fantastic burgers. Be prepared to wait for a table, though: the restaurant is extremely small.
  • Schmidt's Sausage Haus, also in the German Village area, head south on High St from downtown, turn left on Kossuth St. Authentic German sausage, schnitzel, red cabbage, etc. Don't leave without trying their microbrewed beer, as well as the fresh-baked vanilla cream puffs (one is enough for two people).
  • Max & Erma's, [57]. The quintessential 'burgers and stuff' sort of place got its' start here, and you can find one almost anywhere in town, including the original restaurant in German Village. Adventurers are recommended to try their Garbage Burger, while those with a sweet tooth should get a pan of cookies made fresh for them, or try the sundae bar!
  • My Momma's Sweet Potato Pies, 813 East Livingston Ave. +1 614 444-4282 [58] Authentic sweet potato pie.
  • Columbus Brewing Company, just west of the Brewery District. Fine food at a good price.
  • Hunan House or Hunan Lion, Two of the best Chinese places in the Midwest. The Hunan House in the north side of town off SR 161/Dublin-Granville, was featured on the Food Network, though both rest restaurants serve mostly the same food.
  • Akai Hana Columbus' most authentic source of excellent Japanese food and sushi. Located at Henderson & Kenny, it's a bit hard to find, tucked in a strip mall behind 'The Ski Shack'. Also provides carry-out. This restaurant is formerly known as Restaurant Japan.
  • Buona Pasta, 2962 McKinley Ave., +1 614-481-8105.[59]. Authentic Italian food. Pastas/sauces made fresh. Great food and outstanding service.
  • Eddie George's Grille 27, 1636 North High St., +1 614-421-2727. [60] Great American food and atmosphere for watching sports. Located in the South Campus Gateway. This sports-themed restaurant is owned and named after the Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State.
  • The Blue Nile, 2631 North High St., +1 614-421-2323. [61] Located within walking distance of the Ohio State University campus. The Blue Nile serves Ethiopian food, community-style, on a big tray lined with Injera, a crepe-like bread.
  • Dragonfly, [62]. A nationally known, upscale, 100% vegan restaurant on King Avenue near campus.
  • Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse 569 North High St., +1 614 224-2204, [63]. Fine Aged Steaks and Chops, Fresh Seafood and Creative Chef Specialties.
  • The Refectory, 1092 Bethel Rd. about 7 miles North of downtown, [64]. Known in Columbus as the height in fine dining. Elegant, attention to detail and outstanding service.
  • Alana's, 2333 North High Street, ..just north of The Ohio State University, +1 614-294-6783. [65]. is the best place to indulge in a nice bottle of wine with dinner, as the mark-up on her amazing selection is practically non-existant. With a new menu hand-picked by Alana herself every night and an on-site sommelier (her husband), Alana's is a great place to enjoy fine food in a non-pretentious atmosphere.
  • Cameron Mitchel Restaurants, [66]. For better or for worse, a majority of the fine dining in Columbus is owned by the same parent company. For a predictably pleasant (if unadventurous) night out you can choose from Molly Woos, The Columbus Fish Market, M (high-end), Cameron's (steak), or Cap City Diner.
  • Spagio, [67]. 1295 Grandview Ave. European and Pacific Rim Cuisine. They have excellent wood-fired pizzas.


For the mid-west, Columbus has its share of ethnic and domestic eateries that shelter culinary artists throughout the city and offer outstanding meals at sometimes bargain prices, in locations that may be carry-out only, limited seating or maybe small bars that offer outstanding food. Places that are well worth the effort to find, which is part of the adventure.

  • The Blue Danube, 2439 North High St., +1 614 261-9308. An Ohio State University institution, it's a cheap bar/diner with a wide variety of food/drinks, open late. Try the gravy fries.
  • Chef Butcher's Creole Kitchen, 777 E Long St., +1 614 228-7588. Creole for the lunch crowd.
  • Ena's Caribbean Kitchen, 2458 Cleveland Ave., +1 614-262-0988. Limited seating, great food, family operation. Daily specials.
  • Paradise Foods, 3180 E. Main St., +1 614-236-1599. International dishes for every taste. Restaurant. Caribbean jerk/curry/brown stew chicken with red beans and rice; fried, steamed or blackened whiting, perch, catfish, red snapper, scallops and more (shrimp is also available by the pound). Choose from full or half slabs of long, center and short bone beef or pork barbecue ribs. Outside seating only.
  • Bodega Cafe, 1044 N. High Street, 614-299-9399. Located in the Short North district, they have 50 beers on tap as well as a killer happy hour (4-8pm weekdays) that is half off all their draft beers.  edit
  • The Winking Lizard in Worthington and on Bethel sport a good beer selection.
  • Victorian's Midnight Cafe at the corner of 5th & Neil avenues. Non-smoking, a great selection of beers, very casual. Live music most nights.
  • The Arena District, home of The Columbus Nationwide Arena. Bars include Frog Bear Wild Boar, Brother's, Gaswerks, and the Lodge Bar, each containing a different personality and young 20-somethings atmosphere. Cabs are easy to flag down, parking is cheap, and each bar has incredible happy hour specials. Don't miss Brothers $1 Thursday mug night, an Ohio State student favorite.
  • The Char Bar across the street from the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a nicely low-key place to get good drinks, many different types of beer, and relax.
  • The Short North area, on N High Street above Goodale street combines art galleries with bars. First weekend of the month is "Gallery Hop" and places are open later.
  • Barley's is a microbrewery in the Short North that is known for its high-quality beers.
  • Wyandotte Winery - 4640 Wyandotte Dr., [68] A family run winery located in a cozy neighborhood setting in northeast Columbus. Wyandotte has produced fine grape and fruit wines on premises for over 30 years. Visit the wine shop and tasting room, enjoy a taste of the current wine offerings, and browse the wine related items in the gift shop.
  • Newport Music Hall, 1722 North High Street (in the University Area). [69] Has a rich history where up-in-coming acts play along side with national headliners.
  • Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. (formerly the Promowest Pav.) in the Arena District. [70] A mid-sized venue seating 2,200 patrons indoors and 4,500 outdoors.
  • The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. Known for showcasing local bands.[71]
  • Bernie's/The Distillery, 1896 North High St in the University Area.


Columbus is a convention city, with a large well established business and manufacturing base, as well as an education foundation that attracts many visitors. Downtown accommodations tend to be a little more expensive than those scattered near the interstate exits. But, there usually is lodging available in most price ranges.

  • Cambria Suites, [72] NEQ of Lyra Dr. & Gemini Dr, +1 (614) 841-9100.
  • Hyatt on Capitol Square, 75 East State St, +1 614 228 1234, [73].  edit
  • Westin Columbus, [74] 310 S High Street, +1 888-625-5144.
  • Holiday Inn on the Lane, 328 West Lane Ave, +1 954-484-9290, [75]
  • The Lofts, 55 E Nationwide Blvd, [76]. Unique upscale downtown hotel with 44 distinct luxury boutique accommodations in an historic building.
  • Days Inn Columbus North, 1212 E. Dublin Granville Rd, 614-885-9696, [77].  edit
  • Rodeway Inn Columbus, 6125 Zumstein Dr, 614-846-5871, [78].  edit
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 35 West Spring Street, 614-228-3200, [79].  edit
  • University Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 3110 Olentangy River Rd., 614-267-7461, [80]. This full service Columbus,OH hotel is located near Ohio State University and features 243 guestrooms with 4 suites, a newly renovated ballroom, multipirpose and flexible meeting facilities.   edit
  • 'The Columbus Dispatch - Daily Newspaper" ([81]
  • The Other Paper - Alternative/Entertainment newspaper [82]
  • Columbus Alive - Entertainment newspaper
  • The Lantern - Student Newspaper [83]

Religious Services

Broad Street in Downtown Columbus is home to a number of Christian churches of considerable historic and architectural interest, including First Congregational United Church of Christ, where Washington Gladden, a pioneer in the Social Gospel movement, preached from 1882-1918. Both First Congregational and the nearby Catholic cathedral, St. Joseph's, offer a range of special services and concerts throughout the year.

Jews can attend services at Congregation Beth Tikvah, while Moslems can attend the Islamic Society.

Stay Safe

Dial 911 to get emergency (police/medical/fire) help.

Although down somewhat in recent years, crime is still a problem in certain areas of the city. Most violent crime occurs in areas that would not be frequented by tourists. Visitors to the area should be aware that the theft of laptop computers and other items from automobiles is a common occurrence. Always store valuables in the cargo compartment of one’s car and make sure it is locked.

Motorists who drink and drive will face stiff penalties if one’s blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit (0.08). Police routinely set up checkpoints along major roads where all drivers must pass through and show their license and registration to check for intoxicated people.

Vehicles are required by law to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. However, the law is not universally followed. Take care to watch for turning traffic when crossing streets.

Some of the most dangerous areas in Columbus are neighborhoods around the Port Columbus International airport. When passing through these areas in a car, it's best to stay on major streets and keep all windows and doors closed. One shouldn't try walking there on foot in the evening or after dark. Areas on the East side of town, past the Downtown areas are similarly dangerous as there are a lot of drug deals and robberies occurring in dilapidated neighborhoods there. These areas are usually defined by I71 on the West, I270 on the East, 161 Dublin Granville Rd., in the North and I70 in the South.

Neighborhoods in the South Central portion of the city, just on the inner side of the I-270 outerbelt, are also known to have a moderate volume of drug-related crimes. Abrubt growth and urbanization from Ohio's surrounding states to these areas in the late 1970's is responsible for a high unemployment rate for both white and black families, thus leading to a lower-class portion of Columbus. Though this area does not commonly attract tourists, it is a large intersection of a cross-counrty Inter-state highway system (I-270,I-70,I-71), along with Rickenbacker International Airport(RBI), which are known to be common distribution centers for drug trafficking across the United States.

Traveling through the South-Central and Eastern portions of the city should be avoided unless necessary. Attractions/businesses are scarce, due to a large lateral-strung system of housing developments. Constructed in the late 1970's, to house the many new coming middle-class families of that era. These various communities (South gate, Linoln Park, Marion Village, Southern Pines, Scioto Village) resemble racially-balanced, subtle neighborhoods. However, increasing gang activity, drug dealing, and semi-organized crime is prominent in these areas. Especially in the hours of the night when violence occurs the most. Similar to the east side, lock all doors and close windows. Avoid traveling by foot if possible. Robbery, mugging, vehicle theft and other violent crimes are a possibility.

On the West side of town, a sliver of neighborhoods around Broad St. and east of I-270 South are relatively safe during the day, but not at night. Generally, areas outside of the I270 loop (the Outerbelt) are safer and more peaceful than areas inside. Safe areas inside I270 include the Arena District, the Short North District, OSU campus areas, Clintonville, Upper Arlington, much of German Village and Bexley.


Due to the outstanding care, research and reputation of the Columbus Medical facilities, Columbus has thriving medical tourism business that attracts domestic visitors and visitors from all over the world. Those who accompany patients can expect assistance from the facilities (if you are insistant and have a little patience) in the form of long term discount lodging and local transportation to and from the facility to see the patient.

  • Center for Eating Disorders & Psychotherapy, 445 E Dublin Granville Rd. +1 614 293-9550.
  • Childrens Hospital. 700 Children's Drive. +1 614 722-2000. [84] Mre than six square city blocks with 1.5 million square feet of space on its downtown hospital and research campus, and is regarded at the nation’s 5th largest free-standing children’s hospital.
  • Columbus Arthritis Center, 1211 Dublin Rd. +1 614 486-5200 [85] Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromylagia, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Polymyositis, Sjogrens syndrome, Scleroderma, Vasculitis, Gout and Osteoporosis. Top and one of few Ohio facilitities!
  • Columbus Community Hospital, 1430 S High St. +1 614 437-7800.
  • Doctors Hospital, 1087 Dennison Ave. +1 614 297-5917.
  • Grant Medical Center, 111 S Grant Ave. +1 614 566-9000.
  • Ohio Hospital Of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 880 Greenlawn Ave. +1 614 449-9664.
  • Ohio State University Medical Center 410 W. 10th Ave. (Towards Olentangy River) +1 800 293-5123. [86] Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country.
    • Dodd Hall 480 Medical Center Dr. (at west side of University) +1 614 293-5123 [87] Ranked among the top 10 for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report. The place for recent brain injuries and muscle atrophy treatment.
    • James Cancer Hospital 300 W. 10th Ave. +1 800 293-5066. [88] Rated as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital 452 W. 10th Ave. +1 614 293-5123. [89] Adjacent Ohio State University Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute.
  • Mount Carmel, 793 W State St. +1 800 225-9344.
  • Riverside Hospital. 3535 Olentangy River Rd. +1 614 566-5000. [90] Consistently named the hospital of choice by central Ohio residents.

Law Enforcement

In the Columbus area, you will find a variety of Law Enforcement that includes Ohio State Patrol, Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff, local Police depts., in Dublin, Westerville and other local municipalities to name a few. Usually, they are what one would expect from law enforcement as far as being professional, polite and helpful. They are well trained and compensated, very good at crowd control and traffic control. Be polite, respectful and you will have few problems with them. Most have cameras in cars, do not offer any bribes of anything and keep in mind you are likely being video recorded.


Ohioans passed "SmokeFree Ohio" ballot measure in 2006 banning smoking in most public areas with very few exceptions. Some hotels, motels, or other lodging facilities may have special smoking rooms that are permitted under the new law. The law forbids restaurants and bars from allowing smoking on premises, unless they have an outdoor patio. Some private clubs, such as AmVets, Eagles, Moose, and similar establishments have been slower to enforce the smoking ban, especially in the outskirts of the city.

  • Experience Columbus is the convention & visitors bureau. [91] 1-866-397-2657. Experience Columbus runs two visitor information centers that are stocked with brochures and have knowledgable staff that can help you stay, play, dine, and shop:
    • Easton visitor information center: 188 Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio 43219 +1 614 416 8080. Located on the first floor of the Easton Town Center mall; two free parking garages are located on either end of the mall.
    • Downtown visitor information center: 277 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215 +1 614 221 6623. Located on the corner of Nationwide Blvd. and Neil Ave. in the Arena District; parking is free for the first fifteen minutes in the lot across the street.
  • maintains a list of African American related events for the Columbus area. [92]
  • Stauf's:, Grandview Village [93] Possibly the best coffee place in Columbus.
  • The Coffee Table, North High St, near Goodale Park in the Short North.
  • The Waiting Room, North High St, near 1st Ave.
  • Cafe Kerouac, North High St, near Northwood Ave. A funky neighborhood coffee shop that also has books and magazines.
  • Cup O' Joe, Several locations throughout the city including North High St, German Village, Bexley and Olentangy River Rd. Coffee roasted by Stauf's.
  • The ShiSha Loungue, 2367 N. High St, Cafe, hookah bar, live music, DJs
  • Panera, the nation's largest free WiFi provider, has many locations in malls, on High St, and in the suburbs.
  • Scottie MacBean's, location in Worthington on High St.
  • Arena District, [94] Anywhere in the green spaces of the Arena District.
Longaberger Basket Headquarters Building - Newark
Longaberger Basket Headquarters Building - Newark
  • Newark - The site of many prehistoric earthworks and some interesting architecture, 45 minute drive North East.
  • Deer Creek State Park and Resort & Conference Center, 3,100 acres of nature within a 45 minute drive from downtown, 22300 State Park Rd. No. 20, Mt. Sterling, +1 877 678-3777 or +1 740 869-2020, Fax: +1 740 869-4059.
  • Wayne National Forest is a 45 minute drive to the southeast.
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is about a 2 hour drive. Go north on I-71 and then go east on US-30 into Canton.
  • Cleveland is about a 2 hour, 15 minute drive north on I-71.
  • Cincinnati is about a 1 hour, 45 minute drive south on I-71.
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