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Columbus, Ohio Travel

City Guides

  • City of Columbus
    This is the official website of the city and although most of the information is for city residents, they have collected together resources for visitors including upcoming events, golf, convention centers, hotels, transportation, performing arts, newspapers, spectator sports, movies, activities and museums.
  • Columbus Alive
    This entertainment site from the Columbus Dispatch newspaper covers Dining, Bars, Music, Movies & TV, Arts, and Style.
  • Columbus Parent
    Includes family getaways to nearby areas.
  • Experience Columbus
    A site for tourists from the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, with information on Entertainment, Attractions, Sports, Shopping, Food & Drink, Lodging, and Getting Around (maps and transportation information).



Activities and Attractions

  • Central Ohio Heritage Circle
    Tourist information on the counties surrounding Columbus.
  • Columbus Outdoor Pursuits
    A non-profit organization providing outdoor recreational opportunities and training for the youth and adults of central Ohio. Look here for information on biking, canoeing and kayaking, hiking and backpacking, etc. in the Columbus area.
  • Ohio State University
    This is a big place but they have a great map to help you find your way around.

Food and Dining

  • Handke's
    Upscale dinin in the 19th century former Schlee Bavarian Brewery in the Brewery District
  • Katzingers Delicatessen
    Although not as old (1984) as Schmidt's (see below), Katzinger's has become a Columbus Institution and offers pastrami, corned beef, and chopped liver sandwiches as well as traditional Jewish specialties like potato latkes and knishes and noodle kugel.
  • Schmidt's
    Located in the heart of German Village, Schmidt's has been around since 1886! Save room for dessert.


  • The Brewery District
    It even has a brewery.
  • German Village Society
    German Village is a 233-acre neighborhood in Columbus that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Society maintains a Visitor Center that has background information on the immigration years, the recent preservation years, architectural details to note when visiting, and the enormous impact brewing had on the community.
  • Italian Village
    Italian Village is an historic district located in the near north side of Columbus adjacent to the central business district. The area is bounded by Interstate Route 670 on the south, Fifth Avenue on the north, North High Street on the west, and the Conrail railroad tracks to the east.
  • Short North Arts District
    "Fine art. Fine Food. Great Shopping. Great Entertainment... it's the SoHo of the Midwest." On their website you can find information about exhibits, art & performance, shopping & leisure, food & dining, nightlife & entertainment, services, and lodging. Short North consists of Italian Village, Victorian Village, and the High Street Commercial District.
  • Victorian Village
    The Short North Civic Association website provides information about the architectural styles in the Victorian Village section of downtown Columbus.


  • Columbus Dispatch
    Unfortunately almost all of this online daily newspaper is available to subscribers only.




  • Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
    Offers a 7-day pass for unlimited rides on all COTA routes for any seven consecutive days.
  • Paving the Way
    Traffic and road construction information for Columbus and Central Ohio. State-wide information is available from
  • Fly Columbus
    Offers Airline & Flight Information, Parking & Transportation, Maps, News & Publications, Passenger Services, and Food & Retail establishments at the airport.