We’re being visited for the weekend by a friend who is new to Columbus. They are from an urban, East Coast location and have never been to the Midwest, so they already are enjoying the charms of backyards, green grass, white fences, and rolling countryside.
But what distinguishes Columbus from other Midwestern towns that have those same features? How do we showcase our fair city? Having never been to Columbus as a tourist, I don’t have the slightest idea of what tourists do when they visit. We’ve suggested Easton Town Center, the Wexner Center, the Short North, and German Village. It’s not football season, so an OSU game is out. The Ohio State Fair hasn’t started yet. What else? The Ohio Statehouse? The Arena District? The Park of Roses? It makes me realize that so much of what I really like about Columbus is not showy landmarks, but instead the people and the pace.
Am I missing anything? I’d appreciate any suggestions!