|Popular in||January||High demand for flights, 20% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||June||Best time to find cheap flights, 8% potential price drop|
|Average price||฿40,547||Average for return flights in October 2021|
|Return from||฿32,011||From Bangkok to Columbus|
|One-way from||฿17,806||One-way flight from Bangkok to Columbus|
This Midwestern gem of a city is worth a go. When you book a holiday in Columbus, you’re getting much more than railroads and the Eerie Canal (although you get those too, don’t worry). This town, once a shipping port, is now full of arts, sports, leisure, education, and shopping.
Incorporated in 1816, Columbus started out as an industrial town. With more than 200 of these industrial establishments pumping, the area became fluent in business, and German immigrants with business plans began to set up shop as brewers. A hundred years passed this way, with more and more business constantly fitting inside the city’s boundaries, so in the 1980s, it was begging for a little renovation. Now, the Arena District exists as a mixed-use planned urban environment with restaurants, hotels, shops, and offices. New brick buildings now stand where old warehouses once did. Some of the old industrial architecture still stands, adding historical flavour to the fresh look of new Columbus.
When you travel to Columbus, expect the typical Midwest seasonal pattern. The climate here is strongly affected by Lake Eerie, and gets great heat waves in the summers. Winters are much milder than other northern cities, so while you should pack warm clothing, there’s no need to worry about harsh or dangerous snow storms. Spring and autumn months are mild and sunny, with occasional rain showers.
Columbus doesn’t have much public transport, but it’s very easy to get around by car. You can rent a car at one of the companies at the airport. Most hotels provide transport from the airport. Taxis are freely available.
Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is 6 miles east of the city centre.
Columbus Museum of Art: While you might not find a village-y Soho scene when you arrive in Columbus, you can breathe easy knowing that artistic culture does live here, you just need to look for it a little. The Columbus Museum of Art boasts a wide collection of impressionists, cubists, modernists, and contemporary artists from North America and Europe such as Degas, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Hopper and O’Keeffe. When you’re done here, stroll over to the Russell Page Sculpture Garden, or the Ross Photography Centre to get more a specialised experience.
Jack Nicklaus Museum: If you’re not packing golf clubs on your flight to Columbus, don’t worry, you can still fit a little love for the game in on your trip. Golfer, golf course designer and Columbus native, Jack Nicklaus is honoured at the (aptly named) Jack Nicklaus Museum. Interactive exhibits are fun and interesting, and an impressive collection of memorabilia chronicles his playing career highlights. Actor and legend Sean Connery narrates some of the audio tour.
King Arts Complex: In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, the King Arts Complex exists to aid cultural and educational programmes. Three performance areas, two dance studios, an art gallery, and three interactive arcades work together to make an open area for learning. As you stroll through the complex, keep in mind that legend Duke Ellington played here in 1925, when it was a nightclub called the Pythian Temple.
Columbus Alive Magazine: If you’re planning a flight to Columbus for a business trip, and ache to shake that four-hour meeting you just came from, then pick up Columbus Alive Magazine, which will tell you where to find the reddest Shiraz, the tallest burgers, and the best dressed establishments in town. Specialising in nightlife, music, arts, and local celebrity interviews, this little publication is the key to your post-briefcase blues.