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Take a road trip to the “other” Columbus this summer

Did you know the Hoosier state is also home to Columbus?

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Downtown Columbus, IN is a one-of-a-kind destination.

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Sunshine peekin’ through, days stretchin’ long, and that sweet smell of freshly cut watermelon in the air — summer is right around the corner. But with so many amazing things to see and do, how do you make the most of this glorious season? We’re glad you asked.

Columbus, IN is just a three-hour drive from Columbus, OH (the ideal driving length for a weekend getaway). Here’s what to add to your itinerary:

Explore Columbus’ architecture

With 80+ noteworthy buildings and public art installations, Columbus ranks sixth in the US for architectural innovation. See why camera-toting tourists come from all over the world to tour the art and architecture of this welcoming city. Churches, homes, and other buildings were designed by internationally renowned architects such as I.M. Pei, who also designed the pyramid at the Louvre. Explore tour options to get an even closer look at the city’s architecture.

Bonus: Public art is around every corner, and it has been created by well-known sculptors like Swiss artist Jean Tinguely.

A summer of family fun

This family-friendly destination boasts various activities to keep your little ones occupied. With Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor, a soda shop preserved to its original charm, and the kidscommons Children’s Museum located in the same block downtown, it’s the perfect spot to spend an afternoon with kids.

Make a pitstop in Richmond-Wayne County

Do you hear that? Richmond-Wayne County is calling your name. On your way to or from Columbus, take a break from driving to experience unique theme trails and antique shopping pleasures. Hike or bike under the dappling sunlight, pick a fresh bouquet from a flower farm, and sample sweets on the free chocolate trail (yes, it’s a real thing).

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On the Chocolate Trail, tempt your sweet tooth with delectable, locally-made chocolate specialties (think confections, donuts, brownies, and more).

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Don’t forget to savor craft beers and wines, enjoy outdoor dining, and unwind at one of the area’s cozy accommodations.

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