Port Columbus International Airport, commonly shortened to Port Columbus, has 151 nonstop flights to 34 airports on 15 airlines. There are 17 daily flights to Chicago and 20 flights to New York City. Located 6 miles east of downtown Columbus, Ohio, CMH is the largest passenger airport in central Ohio and is the second-busiest in the state after Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It has three terminals, Concourse A, B and C, where flyers can enjoy a selection of above-average eateries and even a brewery. There is also community artwork and children's drawings, and many travelers might recognize "Brushstrokes in Flight," a sculpture in front of Concourse B security checkpoint designed by Roy Lichtenstein.
Once you fly into Columbus, set your bags down in one of the cozy hotels near Columbus airport. Looking for a cost-effective hotel? Try the Days Inn Columbus Airport, a pet-friendly hotel that is only 10 miles from downtown Columbus. The hotel offers a continental breakfast as well as meeting rooms for business travelers. Among the preferred hotels, Holiday Inn Express Columbus features complimentary transportation back and forth from the airport and includes amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center and a business center. Candlewood Suites Columbus Airport makes for another popular place to stay, located just off Interstate 270 and the on-site Candlewood Cupboard that provides all types of food.
Welcome to Columbus
As the capital of Ohio, Columbus is the largest city in the state. Columbus was ranked as one of the "50 Best Cities in America" by Businessweek in 2012. In the last five years, Columbus has fostered business growth, earning a grade "A" for the "Best U.S. Cities for Business 2013" and making it a key Midwest destination for business travelers. It's even been considered the San Francisco of the Midwest, featuring top centers for the arts and museums galore. The Ohio capital is a consistent winner of the most intelligent cities in the world award by The Intelligent Communities Form, and is home to Ohio State University. With about 822,000 residents - right behind San Francisco - Columbus is the 15th largest city in the U.S, so you can bet big-city attractions follow.
Getting around Columbus is not difficult if you know what resources to use. There are a few main highways that run through the city: Interstate 70, which runs east and west, Interstate 71 and State Route 315, that head north-south. The public transportation system in Columbus is the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which brings visitors to dozens of stops throughout the city, from downtown to Ohio State University stadium to the University City Shopping Center.
Best Things to Do in Columbus
Columbus offers a wide array of attractions. Go gallery shopping in the Short North Arts District, acclaimed for its public art, historic architecture and green spaces, before grabbing a bite to eat at the North Market, complete with a number of ethnic restaurants and ice cream parlors. German Village is known for historic buildings and beautifully restored homes, and Easton Town Center is a main shopping destination that pioneered the "Lifestyle Center." To soak in some of Columbus's art and botanical gardens, many visitors enjoy a tour of the Franklin Park Conservatory and the Columbus Museum of Art. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located about 20 miles north of downtown, is well worth the drive, especially if you are traveling with little ones.
Throughout the entire city there are more than 250 bars and 1,650 restaurants, so even the pickiest of palates will find something they like. Some of the best bars can be found in the Arena District, and if you visit during the winter hockey season, you can grab a drink before catching a Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena. Since Columbus is home to Ohio State University campus - one of the largest universities in the country, you'll likely be spending some time strolling through the commercial strip, full of its fair share of non-students and visitors.