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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.

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.

conversation pit at Miller House and Garden

Tour one of the country’s coolest modern residences

Wilma at Zaharakos old-fashioned ice cream

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

Dale Chihuly Sun Garden Panels

Experience colorful and captivating installations around every corner



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Columbus Area Visitors Center
506 Fifth Street, Columbus Indiana 47201
812-378-2622 | 800-468-6564