Columbus is the capital of Ohio and also holds the distinction of being its largest and fastest-growing community. “People often think of us as a small city, but we’re not,” says Lexi Sweet, CTA, public relations manager for Experience Columbus. “We’re the 14th-largest city in the country and the fourth-fastest growing city in the U.S.”

Despite its size, Columbus still has some of the benefits of a small town. The John Glenn Columbus International Airport is 10 minutes from downtown. The Greater Columbus Convention Center encompasses 1.8 million sf and offers 75 meeting rooms. By 2022, there will be 2,700 hotel rooms connected or adjacent to the Convention Center, and the city center will have a total of 5,000 hotel rooms. New properties within a mile of the convention center include Moxy Columbus Short North, a boutique property under the Marriott flag, and Canopy by Hilton Columbus-Short North, both of which opened this year.