Columbus is a remarkable city with a youthful personality, derived from the 57,000 students who attend Ohio State University. One of the most beautiful parts of the city is The Scioto Mile, where miles of walking trails edge along the Scioto River. The part of the mile that runs through Bicentennial Park is especially popular with locals, with kids splashing around in the massive interactive fountain and adults attending the park’s free summer concerts. Head to the German Village district to see a quirky side of town and grab a snack at one of the many great cafés there. It’s in the neighborhood that you’ll find The Book Loft, a jaw-dropping bookstore with 32 rooms, a huge patio, and excellent prices.

This city is definitely in touch with the great outdoors, and a day trip to Hocking Hills State Park will open your eyes to Ohio’s natural beauty. This picturesque park is home to several magnificent rock formations, rushing waterfalls, and the postcard-perfect Ash Cave. This is a must-see for any nature lover.

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