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Columbus (Georgia)

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Columbus, Georgia [1] is a city in Georgia's Classic Heartland, near the Chattahoochee River and bordering Alabama. Columbus is a great example of a true river city, once a major center for textile manufacturing. Founded in 1828, Columbus is also known for being the site of the last battle of the Civil War, where Columbus ranked second to Richmond in the manufacture of supplies for the Confederate army. Columbus was also one of the most important industrial centers of the south in the early 1900s.

It's historic elements remain while it possesses all the aspects of a modern city. It's small town feel is still kept intact despite being Georgia's third largest city with a population near 190,000. It is known for it's Southern hospitality.


Understand

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 57 62 69 77 89 90 92 91 86 77 68 59
Nightly lows (°F) 37 39 46 52 61 69 72 71 66 55 46 39
Precipitation (in) 4.8 4.4 5.8 3.8 3.6 3.5 5 3.8 3.1 2.3 4 4.4

Check Columbus's 7 day forecast at NOAA

Get in

By car

From the north: I-185 is easily accessible and leads to downtown.

From the south: U.S. Route 27 through Fort Benning, then on to I-185.

From the east: U.S. Route 80 leads to downtown.

From the west: U.S. Route 431 also leads to downtown.

By plane

Columbus Airport (IATA: CSG) [2] has recently been redesigned to reflect the city's modern feel. From the main terminal, downtown Columbus' skyline can be seen in the background. Many rental car companies, METRA transit, local taxis, and other ground transportation are on the lower level to take you to other places in Columbus.

  • American: Dallas/Fort Worth.
  • Delta: Atlanta.

See

Museums

National Infantry Museum
  • Coca-Cola Space Science Museum[3]: Experience a simulated mission in the Challenger Learning Center at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. The Mead Observatory is an attraction open to the public for astronomical viewing. Experience hands-on exhibits, shows in the Omnisphere Theatre and Challenger Learning Center missions. Located on Front Avenue in downtown.
  • Columbus Museum[4]: As an American art and regional history museum and the second largest museum in Georgia, the Columbus Museum offers a diverse collection to the public. The Museum presents visitors with a comprehensive look at the history of the Chattahoochee River Valley. From clothing and books to furnishings and firearms, the museum houses over 14,000 artifacts and objects that tell the story of the area's development. Located on Wynnton Road in Midtown.
  • Lunchbox Museum[5]: This one of a kind museum has been featured on NBC's "Today" as the world's largest lunchbox museum. The nostalgic are sure to find their beloved lunchbox from the past. Located on 10th Street in downtown.
  • National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus[6]: This 40,000 square foot facility features two original Civil War military vessels, uniforms, equipment and weapons used by the Union and Confederate navies. Interactive exhibits, including a Confederate ironclad ship simulator, offer the visitor an opportunity to experience 19th century naval combat first hand. Located on Victory Drive just below downtown.
  • National Infantry Museum[7]: The National Infantry Museum contains one of the largest collections of military art and artifacts, and follows the steps of the American Infantryman soldier across two centuries of courage and determination. You can also experience movies like never before in the IMAX 3D Theatre, find a treasured souvenir in the gift shop, and dine in the Fife & Drum Restaurant. Located on South Lumpkin Road in South Columbus.

Parks

  • Cooper Creek Park: Listen to ducks and geese in their natural habitat as you walk around this beautiful park. Do some fishing or play some tennis in the largest soft-court public tennis facility in the United States. Located on Milgen Road in North Columbus.
  • Flat Rock Park: Relax and listen to the sound of fresh water flowing across rocks in this beautiful park. There is also a wonderful bike trail that circles this large park's perimeter. Catch a few fish in Flat Rock Lake. Picnic areas and event centers make Flat Rock Park a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. Located on Warm Springs Road in North Columbus.
  • Heritage Park: Discover Columbus' history at Heritage Park, a celebration of the industrial heritage of Columbus. The sound of falling water, beautiful statues, educational plaques and unique surroundings provide a place of quiet retreat for all who visit. Self-guided tours are a great way to experience what history has preserved. Located on Front Avenue in downtown.
  • Standing Boy Creek State Park: Witness wildlife in its natural habitat at this 1,579 acre State Park. Enjoy some swimming or boating on Lake Oliver. Also try camping, hiking, and hunting in this beautiful facility monitored 24/7 by Georgia State Park Rangers. Located on Old River Road in North Columbus.

Do

  • Chattahoochee RiverWalk
  • Coca-Cola Space Science Center, [8].
  • Columbus Museum, [9]. - the second-largest art museum in Georgia, as well as one of the largest in the Southeast.
  • Hollywood Connection - large entertainment complex containing a skating rink, movie theatre, diner, miniature golf course, kids' rides and arcade games.
  • National Civil War Naval Museum, [10].
  • Springer Opera House, [11] - the State Theatre of Georgia.
  • Visit Columbus, [12].
  • National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA 31903 (Located just outside the gates of Fort Benning), 706-653-9234, [13]. T-S 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park celebrated its Grand Opening June 19, 2009. Designed by Verner Johnson, Inc. of Boston, MA, it is located in Columbus, Georgia, just outside the gates of Fort Benning, the Home of the Infantry and one of the Army’s largest installations. This world-class tribute to Infantrymen past, present and future, is the first of its kind in the United States. Throughout the 190,000-square-foot museum, visitors will take an interactive journey through every war fought by the U.S. over the past two centuries. The museum tells the heroic story of everyday Infantrymen through an enviable collection of more than 30,000 artifacts. Era galleries trace Infantry history from before the Revolutionary War to action today in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is a special gallery recognizing Medal of Honor recipients and one that pays tribute to those who love an Infantryman, and the sacrifices they make supporting him. Soldier Center offers visitors more than an education in military history. There is an IMAX Theatre, full service restaurant and gift store. Patriot Park includes a parade field for Fort Benning Infantry School graduations, a memorial walk of honor and an authentically recreated World War II Company Street. Free.


Buy

  • Chancellor's Clothing, [14]. - the place to shop for men's clothing. Chancellor’s sales: blazers, casual trousers, dress shirts, dress trousers, formal wear, luggage, outerwear, shoes, suits, and much more.
  • Columbus Park Crossing, [15].
  • Peachtree Mall, [16].
  • The Blue Door Boutique, [17]. - a contemporary ladies clothing boutique.

Eat

  • B.Merrells, [18]. - serves chicken, baby back ribs, sandwiches, salads, chicken wings (with award winning sauce) and much more
  • Country's on Broadway, 1329 Broadway, (706) 596-8910, [19]. 11am-10pm. A popular destination, that is actually a barbecue restaurant in a renovated Greyhound bus station.
  • Old Siam. Located in Uptown, it serves authentic Thai food


Drink

Sleep

  • Columbus Marriott, 800 Front Avenue, +1 706 324-1800, Toll-free: +1 800 455-9261, Fax: +1 706 576-4413, . In Columbus' downtown historic district near the beautiful Chattahoochee River and Riverwalk. Built around the original Empire Mills Grist Mill, the hotel combines 19th century charm with 21st century amenities. Just ten miles away from the Columbus Airport and within walking distance of the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. [20]
  • Best Western Columbus, 3443 Macon Road, +1 706 568-3300, Fax: +1 706 563-2388, [21].
  • Courtyard Columbus, 3501 Courtyard Way, +1 706 323-2323, Fax: +1 706 327-6030, [22].
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus, 4510 East Armour Road, +1 706 317-3600, Fax: +1 706 317-2400, [23].
  • Holiday Inn, 2800 Manchester Expressway, +1 706 324-0231, [24].
  • Microtel Inn & Suites Columbus North, Fountain Court (Lot #8), (800)771-7171[25].
  • Motel 6, 3050 Victory Drive, +1 706 687-7214, Fax: +1 706 682-2362, [26].
  • Residence Inn Columbus, 2670 Adams Farm Drive, +1 706 494-0050, Fax: +1 706 494-0065[27]
  • Staybridge Suites Columbus, 1694 Whittelsey Road, +1 706 507-7700, Fax: +1 706 507-7710[http://staybridge.com/columbusga
  • Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, 3662 Victory Drive, +1 706 687-7515, Fax: +1 706 687-7510. [28]
  • Wingate by Wyndham Columbus, 1711 Rollins Way, Columbus, GA 1904, (706) 225-1000, [29].

Get out


Routes through Columbus
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