Columbus is the capital and largest city in Ohio and the state’s third largest metropolitan area behind Cincinnati and Cleveland. Prior to the state legislature’s decision about the location of a capital in 1812, Columbus did not exist. The city was designed from the first to be the state’s capital. Before that Ohio’s capital cities were Chillicothe and Zanesville. Columbus is the city where Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Appalachia, and the Plains meet. Ohio is not just a Midwestern state. It occupies two regions. West of Columbus is Midwestern Ohio and east of Columbus is Appalachian Ohio.
If you are a lover of Greek Revival architecture, then you will love the Ohio Capitol Building which is actually ‘Greek’ and not just a classical colonnade slapped on a domed Baroque base. Other than direct copies of Greek buildings, such as the reproduction of the Parthenon in Memphis, Tennessee, the Ohio Capitol Building has been called the purest Doric building in the modern world. The central rotunda is not there to support some unfinished dome. It is already finished and is capped with a nearly flat Greek cupola. I remember from my school days that we were told it was reminiscent of a Doric watchtower or circular fort. However, under that flat roof is this. While the traditional Doric colors in the dome may look garish, the color of the ancient Greek world ‘was’ garish by modern western standards.
Attractions are many from the nation’s largest university campus (Ohio State University) to the Columbus Zoo brought to world class status by Jack Hanna. And there are public gardens galore from a large public rose garden to the gardens of Franklin Park in the heart of downtown.
Residents of Columbus “officially” eat out more often than the residents of any other large American city and the number of first rate restaurants is amazing. There are approximately 9000 restaurants of all kinds in the Columbus area. From steak houses to international cuisine, you will find it. And you may want to hope you are visiting during one of Columbus’s many ethnic food festivals. The Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, River Front downtown, is my favorite. You can expect 500-700,000 people at this fun food and music event held each year, so get there early. Shopping in Columbus is about the norm for a city its size with most of the national chains and several luxury shopping malls.
Columbus is generally a safe city but crime is still a problem in certain areas. While most violent crime occurs in locations that would not be frequented by tourists, visitors to the city should be aware that the theft of items from automobiles is a common occurrence. Always store valuables in the cargo compartment of one’s car and make sure it is locked. Traveling through the South-Central and Eastern portions of the city should be avoided unless necessary. And the Ohio State University Campus is in a rather rough neighborhood too.
“The region is dominated by a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa), characterized by hot, muggy summers and cold, dry winters. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Columbus was 106 °F (41 °C), which occurred twice during the Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s—once on July 21, 1934, and again two years later, on July 14, 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −22 °F (−30 °C), occurring on January 19, 1994. Columbus is subject to severe weather typical to the Midwestern United States. Tornadoes are possible from spring through fall, a recent one of which occurred on October 11, 2006 and caused F2 damage. Floods, blizzards, and severe thunderstorms can also occur from time to time.” Weather summary from Wikipedia. For more information about the conversion of temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit read degrees Fahrenheit
Columbus is served by Port Columbus International Airport. Public transportation is bus and taxi.
Columbus population is 754,885 (2008) Metro area is 1,773,120.
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