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Even when the rest of Ohio began to suffer industrial decline in the second half of the 20th century, Columbus grew, primarily because its economy is based on state government, education, finance and insurance, and light industry. Continued prosperity has made Columbus an attractive place to live and visit. The city is home to Ohio State University, which is the state’s largest academic institution, with more than 50,000 students. Another well-known local institution is the Columbus Zoo, one of the nation’s most acclaimed.

Columbus Sights

Transportation to Columbus and its attractions is easy; I-70 runs east-west, I-71 runs north-south and I-270 circles the metro area. I-670 runs from Downtown to the Port Columbus International Airport.

Downtown Columbus is fairly compact and easily walkable. Some government buildings are connected to each other and to nearby buildings through underground walkways.

Columbus Restaurant Reviews

Though dubbed the “Fast Food Capital of the World” by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal (Wendy’s and Max & Erma’s are both headquartered here), Columbus features a lively restaurant scene. Eateries tucked into Downtown, the Short North, German Village, and surrounding suburbs offer everything from down-home barbecue to haute cuisine.

Columbus Reviews

Columbus lodging is mostly Downtown and immediately to the north around the convention center, as well as around the I-270 outer belt.


Most of Columbus’s hot spots are clustered around the Ohio State University campus (expect crowds when the OSU Buckeye football and basketball teams play) and the downtown neighborhoods around the Short North, the Arena District, and the Brewery District.

Two free weekly newspapers—the Other Paper, and Columbus Alive!—have complete listings of goings-on in the city.

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