Ohio’s capitol city has many monikers, from the charming “the biggest small town in America” to the regrettable “Cowtown”. But while some may find it Midwestern and down-home, there’s more to Columbus than livestock. It is a hub of Union history, a high-tech incubator, and home to a thriving performing arts scene. Also and famously, it’s home to one of the biggest university populations in the country. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Ohio Statehouse and Franklin Park Conservatory are landmarks that would stand out in any city. Notable neighborhoods like German Village and the Riverfront provide glimpses into the city’s distinctive cultural components.
Yet another major Ohio city that begins with "C," you say? Let's not forget that Columbus is the centrally located state capital (although, it's true that the city doesn't have a major league sports franchise like Cleveland or Cincinnati).
What Columbus does have is a major land grant university -- The Ohio State University -- which serves as a main hub of scholarly, cultural and athletic activity. Buckeye football fever is damn contagious on autumn Saturday afternoons, and, of course, their marching band is famous for that tuba player who dots the "i" at the end of the halftime rouser.
Getting off the beaten path, coffee shops (with names like The Idiot Boy and Insomnia) are springing up all over town. Or, for a real walk on the wild side, check out the 160-year-old state penitentiary (now a relic) on the corner of Neil Avenue and Spring Street, downtown, where people are now said to be breaking in instead of out.
While the local economy is heavily invested in education, diverse business interests and arts organizations lend Columbus the sort of cosmopolitan flair that befits the nation's 16th-largest city.