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Locals answer the top questions about Columbus from out-of-towners

Take a look at the best answers from locals to questions from out-of-towners about living, exploring, and visiting Columbus, Ohio.

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Check out the Instagram post to see the full comment section of questions and answers. | Photo via Canva

If you’re not from Columbus, ask a question. If you’re from Columbus, answer a question.

We posted that prompt on CBUStoday’s Instagram, and folks from near and far didn’t disappoint. Whether it was our friends down in Texas, or newcomers looking to make a splash — these are the top local answers to FAQs from out-of-towners.

“Just moved here from the UK with my husband and two boys — where shall we visit?” — @kellwroe

With 60+ answers, places like COSI, Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Columbus Clippers became a common response from locals, including us.

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COSI was one of the top local answers for places to spend the day with your family. | Photo via COSI

“Best local coffee shop? And best running trail?” — @cassidy.hinton

Through 40+ answers, the Olentangy Trail was the front runner for best running trail in Columbus. The best coffee shop received answers like Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, Upper Cup, Fox in the Snow, and Parable.

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The Scioto Mile was also a popular answer for CBUS running trails. | Photo via Crimson Cup

“What’s the best place to live? I’m talking great schools, parks, activities? (must be within 25 minutes of downtown)” — @thepreferredone

This one racked up 40+ answers, and the top response was a combination of Westerville, New Albany, and Gahanna. Other suburbs mentioned are Bexley, Clintonville, and Dublin.

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Gahanna awaits.

Photo by Visit Gahanna

“Why is Ohio “the Midwest”?!” — @nikkikayhoward

This is based on early settlers first establishing America on the east coast. Ohio was apart of the Northwestern Ordinance Territory, which was the beginning of a large western expansion. At that time, Ohio was one of the many middle points between the known east coast, and unknown west coast.

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The Ohio State University was founded in 1870. | Photo via Canva

“When’s the best time to visit CBUS?” — @SATXtoday

Say hello to our good friends in Texas. And the top recommendation for vising CBUS was the fall season, for football, perfect weather, and outdoor festivals.

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Ohio State’s offensive line celebrated after the big win. | Photo by CBUStoday

“Cleveland or Cincinnati?” — @kyle__mahaffey

“Columbus,” wrote @its.raymah, receiving nearly 100 likes on the comment. We agree and support this clap back.

Note: Submitted questions were edited to fit CBUStoday’s style.