A couple days ago, I saw some friends on Facebook had posted a link from National Geographic – ranking Columbus in the Top 10 Best Fall Travel Destinations for 2011 – alongside Dublin, Ireland; the vineyards of Switzerland; the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba; the Day of the Dead celebration in Puebla, Mexico; and Zanzibar! My first thought was, “of course it is!” I’ve lived here for seven years, and I can’t think of a better place to be. Most people I know who haven’t visited Columbus don’t have any idea what the city is like – they usually assume it’s a kinda-bland, typical Midwestern place. But most people who have been here can’t say enough good things about us. If you saw Columbus on that list and said “huh?” here’s why I think we’re on that list: It’s not just the great attractions (#1 Zoo and #1 Science Center in the country,) the events (Greek Festival , ComFest , Independents Day , Festival Latino ,) sports (Crew , Blue Jackets , Clippers , Ohio State ) or food (Jeni’s , Basi Italia , Wayward Seed Farm , North Market ) that make Columbus such an awesome place to live and visit. It’s not just the great neighborhoods (Short North Arts District , German Village , Arena District ) the great shopping (Tigertree , Easton , Grandview Mercantile ) arts (Ohio Theater , Junctionview Studios ) places to stay (German Village Guesthouse , The Lofts ) or the brand new parks (Columbus Commons , Scioto Mile .) You can’t really point to one thing that Columbus is known for, and say – “THAT’s it. That’s why we should visit.” When you put all of these things together, with the creative, smart, savvy, welcoming, passionate people who are creating the culture of Columbus, you get a city that’s not just a Top 10 Travel Destination, but a city that’s just waiting for you to explore it. Even after living here for years, I know I’ve got a lot of discoveries yet to make. Columbus is a new place every time you change your perspective – and I hope this ranking from National Geographic inspires visitors and locals alike to view Columbus from another vantage point and start exploring! I want to know why you think Columbus made this list. What’s your Ode to Columbus? You can leave a comment below, or if you would like to write a guest post for the Experience Columbus blog - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Let's share this city with the world!
Capitalizing on Columbus’ strengths as a forward-thinking city, we continue to “Live Forward” to help rebuild Columbus’ economy and support the local community during the COVID-19 crisis. Though many events have been cancelled, Ohio has slowly begun the process to reopen doctor’s offices, retail shops, restaurants and bars, salons and general businesses if the proper guidelines are followed. Attractions throughout Columbus remain closed and the Governor has continued the stay-at-home order with those business exceptions.Learn More