The second stop on our cross-country moving road trip was a city I’ve visited four times now: Columbus, Ohio. So far, I’ve discovered more things to do and see in Columbus on each trip there, and somehow, I still haven’t finished my list!
GETTING TO COLUMBUS
We drove to Columbus from Washington, D.C. on the first leg of our trip. We stopped to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater along the way, and it was the perfect way to break up the 6 hour, 41-minute drive!
One of my best friends bought a house in Columbus this year, so I’ve been lucky enough to stay with him a couple times already. But if I didn’t have a friend to stay with, I’d opt for a hotel that would earn me points. Marriott has an Autograph Collection hotel in the city—the Hotel Leveque—which would definitely be my pick. I love that the Autograph Collection brand pays more attention to interior design than other brands under the Marriott umbrella, such as Marriott or Sheraton, and I try to stay in them whenever I get the chance.
After arriving in Columbus on a Sunday night, we went straight to Rockmill Tavern, which has a nice ambience and also doubles as a brewery. For lunch the next day, we went fast casual; I had a make-your-own Mediterranean bowl at Brassica that I LOVED, and then we drove to North Market so Jake could try the famed Hot Chicken Takeover (which also got good reviews).
(Thought I’d mention a couple of places I visited over the summer that were awesome as well. I intended to do a full Columbus city guide, but I just realized my photos from that trip were lost in the External Hard Drive Debacle of 2018—so until I go back to Columbus to re-take them, I’m putting the recommendations in here! Harvest Pizzeria, Indochine Cafe and Skillet were all fantastic.)
We spent a couple of hours working at One Line Coffee in Short North, which I would recommend. But my favorite place we went for coffee was Flowers & Bread, which was a short drive outside the city center but oh-so-pretty (I have a well-documented thing for combination coffee/flower shops).
THINGS TO DO IN COLUMBUS
Short North, Columbus’ arts district, is a great area to walk around, with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. We also spent an hour or so strolling around German Village, whose historic red-brick architecture was extra pretty against a backdrop of yellow leaves in the fall.
I love a good skyline photo opp, and Columbus has some great ones that we checked out. The Main Street Bridge (which itself is photo worthy!) provides a perfect view of downtown.
North Market, home of Hot Chicken Takeover and dozens of other food and artisan kiosks, was another fun stop, and we popped into the state capitol building for a walk-through, too.
We were in Columbus on a Sunday night and a Monday, so a couple of the restaurants I would have loved to go to—and one speakeasy!—were closed one or both nights. Those would be Cosecha Cocina, Watershed and The Light of Seven Matchsticks. As an NHL fan, going to a Columbus Blue Jackets game is still on my list, too.
We didn’t have a lot of points-earning or redeeming opportunities in Columbus since we drove our own car there and stayed with friends, but as always, I used my Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x points on dining purchases. I also ended up getting last-minute concert tickets for my friend and me to see I’m With Her, and I paid for those with my Citi Premier to earn the 2x bonus on entertainment purchases.
For more on earning and using points and miles to travel for free, visit the 52 Cities free resource library or register to join me on my next live masterclass. And for more on my cross-country road trip, check out this post, which has links to posts from every stop!
Hope you enjoyed this roundup of things to do in Columbus Ohio! Have you been to Columbus? What did I miss? Let me know in the comments! >>
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