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Columbus is the capital of Ohio, located in the geographic center of the state. As of the 2010 census, the population was 787,033, making it the largest city in the state. The city of Columbus is home to Ohio State University, which is one of the largest campus' in the United States. In 2010, Relocate America ranked Columbus in their top ten cities, and in 2009, Business Week Magazine named the city as "the best place in the country to raise a family." The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is consistently rated as a top U.S. attraction, and in fact, was ranked number one in 2009 by USA Travel Guide. Included at the zoo complex is the Zoombezi Bay Water and Amusement Park. Other attractions include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Franklin Park Conservatory Botanical Gardens, and COSI (Center of Science and Industry.) Parents Magazine has named COSI one of the ten best science centers for families in the USA. The Ohio Historical Society is a 250,000-square-foot museum located just north of downtown. It includes Ohio Village, which is a replica of an Ohio town around the time of the Civil War. Columbus is a culturally diverse city, with neighborhoods such as German Village and Italian Village. Annual festivals include the Columbus Arts Festival, the Jazz and Ribs Festival, ComFest (a large music festival,) and the Hot Times Festival, which is a celebration of music, arts, food and cultural diversity in the city. Columbus is also home to the Ohio State Fair, one of the largest state fairs in the country. For outdoor recreation, Columbus offers a variety of parks and gardens.

Surrounding areas: Upper Arlington, Ohio (4.1 mi), Gahanna, Ohio (7.5 mi), Dublin, Ohio (11.3 mi), Westerville, Ohio (12.0 mi), Circleville, Ohio (25.1 mi), Buckeye Lake, Ohio (28.0 mi), Newark, Ohio (32.3 mi)

Columbus Vacation Rentals

Columbus Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerihost Inn And Suites @ Port Columbus Airport1450 Airpointe DrColumbus, OH (614) 337-8400
Amerihost Inn Columbus At Rickenbacker2323 Port RdColumbus, OH (614) 491-4400
Amerihost Inn1100 Mediterranean AveColumbus, OH (614) 848-9696
Amerihostinn1100 Mediterranean AveColumbus, OH (614) 848-9696
Amerisuites Columbus/Worthington7490 Vantage DrColumbus, OH (614) 846-4355
Best Western Clarmont Inn & Suites650 S High StColumbus, OH (614) 228-6511
Best Western Columbus North888 E Dublin Granville RdColumbus, OH (614) 888-8230
Best Western Franklin Park Suites-Polaris2045 Polaris PkwyColumbus, OH (614) 396-5100
Best Western Suites1133 Evans Way CrtColumbus, OH (614) 870-2378
Buckeye Motel1300 Harrisburg ParkColumbus, OH (614) 279-7427
Candlewood Suites Polaris8515 Lyra DrColumbus, OH (614) 436-6600
Clarion Hotel & Suites900 E Dublin-Granville RdColumbus, OH (614) 888-7440
Clarion Hotel & Suites900 East Dublin Granville RdColumbus, OH (614) 888-7440
Clarion Hotel And Suites900 E Dublin GranvilleColumbus, OH (614) 888-7440
Comfort Inn North/Polaris8400 Lyra DrColumbus, OH (614) 791-9700
Comfort Inn1213 Granville RdColumbus, OH (614) 885-4084
Comfort Suites Columbus Airport4270 Sawyer RdColumbus, OH (614) 237-5847
Comfort Suites East5944 Scarborough BlvdColumbus, OH (614) 552-2525
Comfort Suites Fairgrounds1690 Clara St Columbus OhioColumbus, OH (614) 586-1001
Comfort Sutes West5547 Keim CirColumbus, OH (614) 870-7658
Concourse Hotel And Conference Center4300 International GatewayColumbus, OH (614) 237-2515
Country Inn & Suites Columbus-Airport East6305 E Broad StColumbus, OH (614) 322-8000
Country Inn & Suites1155 Evans Way CtColumbus, OH (614) 853-1257
Country Inn & Suites2900 Airport DrColumbus, OH (614) 478-2900
Country Inns & Suites Columbus North1111 Mediterranean AveColumbus, OH (614) 358-3800
Courtyard By Marriott - Easton3900 Morse CrossingColumbus, OH (614) 416-8000
Courtyard By Marriott Columbus Airport2901 Airport DrColumbus, OH (800) 321-2211
Courtyard By Marriott Columbus Downtown35 West Spring StColumbus, OH (800) 321-2211
Courtyard By Marriott Worthington7411 Vantage DrColumbus, OH (614) 436-7070
Courtyard By Marriott2350 Westbelt DrColumbus, OH (614) 771-8999
Cross Country Inn Columbus Airport4240 International GatewayColumbus, OH (614) 237-3403
Cross Country Inn3246 Olentangy Riv RdColumbus, OH (614) 267-4646
Cross Country Inn1313 W St James Lutheran LnColumbus, OH (614) 870-7090
Cross Country Inn4875 Sinclair RdColumbus, OH (614) 431-3670
Cross Country Inn6225 Zumstein DrColumbus, OH (614) 848-3819
Crowne Plaza Columbus North6500 Doubletree AveColumbus, OH (614) 885-1885
Crowne Plaza Downtown Columbus33 E Nationwide BlvdColumbus, OH (614) 461-4100
Days Inn And Suites7500 Vantage DrColumbus, OH (614) 436-0556
Days Inn5930 Scarborough BlvdColumbus, OH (614) 868-9290
Days Inn1700 Clara StColumbus, OH (614) 299-4300

Columbus Weather & Climate

Central Ohio has a humid continental climate and deals with a wide variety of weather each year. Tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, ice storms and blizzards are all possible in central Ohio. An average year sees 173 sunny days. Summers are warm and often humid. The comfort index for central Ohio, based on humidity during the summer, is 46 out of 100 (with a higher number being more comfortable.) Winter is cold and usually snowy, although snowfall varies greatly year to year. The average snowfall is 27 inches. The US average is 37. Spring weather is unpredictable and autumn is pleasant; sunny and mild with cool nights. Tornadoes are a possibility, especially late spring through early fall, although they don't occur as often in central Ohio as in other parts of the U.S.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 36°F 20°F 2.56 in. -
February 41°F 23°F 2.07 in. -
March 52°F 31°F 3.00 in. -
April 64°F 40°F 3.65 in. -
May 73°F 50°F 4.31 in. -
June 82°F 59°F 4.01 in. -
July 85°F 63°F 4.39 in. -
August 83°F 61°F 4.31 in. -
September 77°F 54°F 2.93 in. -
October 66°F 43°F 2.53 in. -
November 52°F 34°F 3.30 in. -
December 41°F 25°F 2.97 in. -

Columbus Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Port Columbus International airport (CMH) located about 6 miles east of Columbus, Bolton Field (TZR) located approximately 8 miles west of Columbus, the Ohio State University airport (OSU) located roughly 9 miles northwest of Columbus, and finally the Rickenbacker International airport (LCK) located around 10 miles south of Columbus.

Columbus Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wyandot LakePowellOH14.2 mi.
Paramount's Kings IslandKings MillsOH78.4 mi.
LeSourdsville Lake Amusement ParkMiddletownOH80.5 mi.
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH85.5 mi.
Tuscora ParkNew PhiladelphiaOH89.7 mi.
Water Parks
Wyandot Lake Amusement & Water ParkPowellOH14.2 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH61.6 mi.
The Beach WaterparkMasonOH81.2 mi.
Parky's Pirate Cove/Miami Whitewater ForestCincinnatiOH95.3 mi.
Surf Cincinnati Water ParkCincinnatiOH95.3 mi.
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH103.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Airport Golf CourseColumbusOH 
Bridgeview Golf CourseColumbusOH 
Champions Golf CourseColumbusOH 
Mentel Memorial Golf CourseColumbusOH 
Minerva Lake Golf CourseColumbusOH 
Raymond Memorial Golf CourseColumbusOH 
Walnut Hill Golf CourseColumbusOH 
Wilson Road Golf CourseColumbusOH 
Grovebook Golf ClubGrove CityOH7.4 mi.
Phoenix Golf LinksGrove CityOH7.4 mi.
Gahanna Municipal Golf CourseGahannaOH7.8 mi.
Homestead Springs Golf CourseGroveportOH8.9 mi.
Landings at RickenbackerGroveportOH8.9 mi.
Thorn Apple Country ClubGallowayOH9.2 mi.
Blacklick Woods Golf CoursesReynoldsburgOH10.0 mi.
Foxfire Golf ClubLockbourneOH11.3 mi.
Turnberry Golf CoursePickeringtonOH11.4 mi.
Split Rock Golf ClubOrientOH13.7 mi.
Broadview Golf CoursePataskalaOH17.5 mi.
Cumberland Trail Golf CoursePataskalaOH17.5 mi.
Cooks Creek Golf ClubAshvilleOH17.6 mi.
Upper Lansdowne Golf LinksAshvilleOH17.6 mi.
Arrowhead Lakes Golf ClubGalenaOH18.3 mi.
Blackhawk Golf ClubGalenaOH18.3 mi.
Royal American Golf LinksGalenaOH18.3 mi.
Pine Hill Golf CourseCarrollOH19.1 mi.
Rolling Meadows Golf CourseMarysvilleOH20.2 mi.
Clover Valley Golf ClubJohnstownOH21.3 mi.
Hillcrest Golf ClubJohnstownOH21.3 mi.
Kyber Run Golf CourseJohnstownOH21.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH44.3 mi.
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH60.7 mi.
Perfect North SlopesLawrenceburgIN115.6 mi.
State Parks
Alum Creek State ParkOH15.9 mi. 
Madison Lake State ParkOH20.9 mi. 
A W Marion State ParkOH23.9 mi. 
Tarlton State ParkOH30.1 mi. 
Buck Creek State ParkOH37.2 mi. 
Buck Creek State ParkOH38.2 mi. 
Ohio Historical SocietyColumbusOH(History)
Columbus Art MuseumColumbusOH(Art)
Wexner Center for the ArtsColumbusOH(Art)
Motts Military MuseumGroveportOH8.4 mi.(History)
Anti-Saloon League MuseumWestervilleOH12.0 mi.(History)
Johnny Appleseed MuseumUrbanaOH41.1 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Columbus ZooColumbusOH 
The WildsCumberlandOH71.5 mi.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardenCincinnatiOH95.3 mi.
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH107.2 mi.
Akron Zoological ParkAkronOH109.7 mi.

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