In its earliest years as Ohio's capital, Columbus incorporated a number of nearby villages, expanding its population and enriching its history. Today, Columbus balances preservation and revitalization, offering visitors traditional charm with a contemporary spirit.
Explore the city's roots with a walking tour of German Village or one of the many other original villages within the city that have retained parts of their authentic character. Find the pulse of the city in the Arena District, with its restaurants, music clubs, shops, movie theater, Nationwide Arena, and the new Huntington Park baseball stadium. Take the family to the award-winning Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and COSI science center. And discover why Columbus has earned national recognition as an arts destination with a visit to the Short North Arts District, Columbus Museum of Art, or any of the many other fine and performing arts venues around the city.
The city sees a lot of business travelers, and major renovations to the Greater Columbus Convention Center are making the city a popular convention destination. There are enough Columbus hotels, both in the city center and in the larger metropolitan area, to easily serve both leisure and business travelers. The Columbus airport is a short trip from downtown, and competitive prices from airlines including AirTran and Southwest tend to keep Columbus airfare affordable.