Get lost at the Columbus Museum of Art before swinging by writer’s haven, Thurber House, where literary types can geek out over touring the historic former home of the New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber. Cap off your independent adventures with a night or two in Hocking Hills (about an hour’s drive), a peaceful countryside oasis with hiking trails, waterfalls, and ecotourism excursions like rappelling and zip-lining.