Flights to Columbus
Situated in the centre of the state of Ohio, Columbus is both the capital and the largest city. Although the city has been important since it was established, Columbus is now emerging as a global city and has a growing population and lots to see and do.
The city has several airports though the one in which international and long distance flights to Columbus will generally land is at the Port Columbus International Airport (airport code: CMH) just 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the downtown area. Flights to Columbus from South Africa are indirect with one or two stops. Airlines offering this route include US Airways, Continental Airlines, British Airways, American Airlines, and United Airlines who have one stop flights to Columbus from South Africa. The routes these airlines takes differs, for example, Continental Airlines flies via Cleveland or Newark, while American Airlines flies via Boston.
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The Tourist Attractions in Columbus:
Columbus certainly has plenty to offer the tourist. The city has a great mix of both old and new, having retained a good assortment of its historical buildings and a variety of these can be visited.
The Ohio Statehouse
Now a National Historic Landmark, and on the US National Register of Historic Places, the Ohio Statehouse has been home to the Ohio General Assembly since 1861. Lie many other state capitols it is built in the Greek Revival style with impressive columns. Visitors can go inside for a look or join a free tour of the building.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Also on the US National Register of Historic Places is the Franklin Park Conservatory. Built in 1895, this is a botanical garden and conservatory that is open to the public daily, except Mondays, and features more than 400 plant species.
Columbus has an assortment of great museums, ranging from the Columbus Museum of Art to the Ohio Craft Museum. The COSI (Center of Science and Industry) is very popular, especially with children due to its many interactive displays, and the building itself is quite interesting. Also popular is the Ohio Historical Center located 6 kilometres (4 miles) from downtown Columbus, plus the adjoining Ohio Village, which is a replica of a village showing life at the time of the American Civil War. Finally, Victorian life can be experienced in the Kelton House Museum and Garden. This house was built in 1852.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
This interesting zoo and aquarium is best known for its great collection of endangered species that includes manatees and lowland gorillas, but there is also plenty more to see here too. The new Asia Quest exhibit for example features beautiful Siberian tigers, and sun bears.
Festivals in Columbus
Columbus plays host to many festivals throughout the year so when you visit this city check what’s on as there’s bound to be something, The city is home to a large gay and lesbian population and hosts a large Pride Parade usually mid to end of June, and this often coincides with another large festival, ComFest (meaning Community Festival) which is a 3 day un-commercial music festival.
Amongst the many other festivals in Columbus are the Asian Festival, Festival Latino, Good Guys Columbus, and German Village Oktoberfest.
When Should You Visit?:
Columbus has a humid continental climate with hot and humid summers, and cool, but dry winters. July is the hottest month with an average high of 29 C (85F). The rest of the summer is fairly hot too, whilst spring and autumn are mild. Winters have fairly low temperatures but because it is dry it does not usually feel unbearably cold with an average high of 2 C (36F) in January. However, with its Midwestern location, tornadoes are a possibility in Columbus from spring through to autumn.