Being the largest city in the state of Ohio and its capital, no wonder Columbus is such a bustling city. Museums, sporting events, and great restaurants are just a few reasons for attracting so many visitors. While there is plenty to do in the city, you may also want to have a car to get you outside the city center for more explorations. You’ll have easy access to nearby cities, attractions, and, most importantly, to have complete control over your time and itinerary. Pick up a car rental at the Columbus airport and start discovering this Midwestern capital straightaway.
Columbus is home to The Ohio State University with a 60,000 student strong population, giving the city and campus area a young vibe. There’s always something happening on campus, such as football games. For those, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got an SUV for tailgating before and after the game! Lectures, musical events, art exhibits, and a wide variety of other performances are always happening, often free of charge.
Did you know Columbus also has a greenhouse that is over 80,000 square feet in size? Escape to the rainforest if you’re visiting during the depths of an Ohioan winter or walk through the Himalayan climate range plus many others on hotter days. Afterwards, head to North Market, Columbus’s downtown destination, which was recently restored and upgraded. You can shop or enjoy local food specialties like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.
Book lovers, listen up! The Book Loft is the largest independent bookstore in the US with 32 categorized rooms, in which you can get lost for hours. If you are more of a shopaholic, the North Short, which is a street in downtown Columbus, consistently ranks at the top of “must do” lists about Columbus thanks to its array of boutique shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Every first Saturday, there’s a gallery hop that’s open to the public.
If city life isn’t for you, hit the road. Just 175 miles north of Columbus lies Lake Erie and offers plenty of options for spending the day or weekend in nature. Along the way, stop in the small city of Sandusky, which is home to Cedar Point, one of the Midwest’s largest theme parks. Just an hour drive west of Columbus you can find Dayton, - a must visit for anyone who loves aviation or aviation history.
Whether you choose to spend all your time in Columbus or want to venture to nearby cities, having a car rental will make your trip so much easier. Orbitz offers cars in multiple sizes and price ranges to fit every budget. Reserve ahead of time and conveniently pick up your rental car upon arrival at the airport.