Columbus, Ohio

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Cap at Union Station and Greater Columbus Convention Center (Photo: Randall L. Schieber)
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The recent launch of low-cost carrier Skybus means that cities such as Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle have an inexpensive express route to Ohio's capital. And this fall, Columbus heralds the season with festivals and events.

Skybus tempts passengers with its $10 fares, but there are only 10 seats on each flight at the lowest cost, so booking well in advance is vital if you want to pay the minimum. But even if you can't get the cheapest seats, low prices are still the norm this fall. For flights in October and November, one-way fares start at $30 from Boston or $100 from Oakland. Recent sales from American, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest, and Southwest point to a wider trend of discounted fares to Columbus and elsewhere in the U.S. this fall.


Two free festivals make fall even more affordable. The 100th annual Circleville Pumpkin Show in October features giant pumpkins, harvest exhibitions, parades, and contests. The festival, which takes place about 25 miles outside Columbus, draws crowds from the city and beyond. And, at the Columbus International Festival, visitors can experience food, arts, and entertainment from 75 cultures around the world.

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