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Plan your trip to an unexpected destination

Columbus, Indiana, is home to some of the most eclectic spaces, and easy-going places in the country. Discover famed architecture, designed gardens, and memorable public art.

After an awe-inspiring day filled with innovation and creativity, pop in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, stroll through a historic main street, and shop handmade artisan goods.

Here, world-class design gets comfy with colorful local charm, to create an unexpected destination that you have to experience to believe.

STEP ONE > CHECK OUT THE MAGAZINE

Catch a glimpse of the sights, sounds and tastes of Columbus, Indiana, in the new Style Magazine.

STEP TWO > LEARN THE LINGO

Chihuly

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The whimsical glass sculptures located around town are created by American artist Dale Chihuly. These bright, explosive pieces pose as perfect subjects for photos.

Cummins

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The local American Fortune 500 company is known for their engineering prowess and vision to develop Columbus as a world-class architectural community back in the 1950s.

I.M. Pei

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The notable architect imagined the most magnificent buildings the world has ever seen, including the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library. The dignified downtown space characterizes the thoughtfulness of Columbus with a sculpture and plaza.

Saarinen, Eliel and Eero

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The father-son duo brought art nouveau and neofuturic style to Columbus. A little bit of hope is sprinkled into the community through the Saarinens’ notable churches.

Zaharakos

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The elegant turn-of-the-century ice cream shop is a nostalgic dream come true. From phosphate sodas to Tiffany glass adornments, there’s so much to enjoy.

Zwanzigz

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A couple of entrepreneurs opened a tiny pizza shop in 2002 that transformed into a community landmark and tradition. Be sure to pair a slice with one of the 20 brewed-on-site taps, brewed by the best small brewer in America (awarded in 2016 at the Great American Beer Festival.)

STEP THREE > MAKE YOUR PLANS

Plan your colorful trip to Columbus. P.S. – on your way here, be sure to stop by Hope, Indiana, and Exit 76 for unique finds. And, if you visit this fall, you’ll see the ten “Exhibit Columbus” temporary art installations throughout downtown Columbus.

STEP FOUR > PACK AND GO!

Pack up the car and road trip. Columbus, Indiana, is 3-1/2 hours south of Chicago and 45 minutes south of Indianapolis.

Tour one of the country’s coolest modern residences

Go back to 1900 in this carefully renovated ice cream parlor that was voted the #1 destination in Indiana!

Experience colorful and captivating installations around every corner