Georgia’s second-largest city is a dynamic and diverse community located in west-central Georgia on the banks of the Chattahoochee River—and it’s getting rave reviews from visitors. A chef-driven restaurant scene, a thriving arts community, and endless outdoor adventures are ideal for all ages! In Columbus, discover the wonders of nature AND delve into the city’s unique culture.

Uptown Columbus (what locals call downtown) is the heart of the city. It’s home to some of the newest, hippest hotels; local dining that rivals that of much larger cities; Saturday morning’s “Market Days on Broadway” with more than 200 vendors; free Friday outdoor concerts where you can unwind; local boutique shopping; engaging public art; and more!

Columbus offers adventure just steps from the Uptown area adjacent to the Chattahoochee River. Enjoy whitewater rafting or kayaking on the longest urban whitewater course in the world! USA Today called it the best man-made whitewater on Earth and one of the top 12 man-made adventures in the world. Another one-of-a-kind adventure is the zip line that sends you from Columbus over the Chattahoochee to Alabama—and back! Those who enjoy more leisurely pursuits can stroll or bike along the 15-mile Chattahoochee RiverWalk, winding past local attractions like the National Civil War Naval Museum and the National Infantry Museum.

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You’ll also want to include a trip to the Columbus Museum, founded in 1953, it’s the second-largest museum in the southeast; this extraordinary collection of permanent and traveling exhibits is undergoing a major renovation as a cultural gathering place with newly reimagined galleries and gardens. The Columbus Collective Museums, home to the famous Lunch Box Museum plus six more fascinating museums, showcases the area’s industrial heritage and culture. The Coca-Cola Space Science Center features simulators, film screenings, and observation events appropriate for all ages. The Ma Rainey Home & Museum is a historical Columbus landmark honoring the legendary “Mother of Blues.” And The Bo Bartlett Center is an 18,500-square-foot interactive gallery housed on the Uptown campus of Columbus State University.

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From ballet to Broadway, Columbus offers inspired performances and show-stopping events. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts is home to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and hosts Broadway shows as well as musicians and entertainers from around the world. The Springer Opera House is Georgia’s State Theater, the region’s premier professional theater, producing dozens of shows each season with talent from Los Angeles to New York.

There are so many options in Columbus — a vibrant artsy energy, a rich local history, outdoor adventures, and a thriving food scene. It’s no wonder we were named “Georgia’s Cool Cat City” by Forbes and one of the Best Trips of the Year by Explore Georgia. Find what you need to plan a one-of-a-kind getaway by heading to