Chartering a bus for our group trip to Columbus, we didn’t have much expectation about how our trip would be. All that we knew about Columbus was very little. We knew that Columbus is the Capital and the largest city of the American state of Ohio. The city is in fact named for the explorer Christopher Columbus. But we were really surprised about the knowledge of our bus driver about each and every little thing about the city. The bus driver together with the guide helped us very much in exploring the city better. We found variety in everything we saw. The city has a distinct and manageable- history, artsy, sports-orientation, high fashion and college life.
During our visit the city had a moderate climate. It was very easy to get around the Columbus city. Our Charter bus traveled through the main east-west highway 1-70. There are two primary north-south freeways, I-71 and St. Rte. 315. The outer belt, I-270, circles the city. I-670 connects the airport to downtown and continues to the west side. The public transportation is available from the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).
As our guide told us about the Easton Town, we asked the bus driver to ride forth to the town. The Easton Town Center is the Midwest’s premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. With its unique village setting, large public spaces, plazas, and abundant free parking, Easton is home to an eclectic assortment of restaurants, entertainment venues, exclusive retailers and a 30-screen movie theater. We learned from our guide that Columbus has a nickname as “The Arch City”, because of the dozens of metal arches that spanned High Street at the turn of the twentieth century.
We had the great opportunity to visit the German Village and to join with their famous Oktoberfest. At the end of September, the village throws an annual celebration that features authentic German food, beer, music, and crafts. Annual festivities in Columbus include the Ohio State Fair—one of the largest state fairs in the country— as well as the Columbus Arts Festival and the Jazz and Ribs Festival, both of which occur on the downtown riverfront. Also the Community Fest which is known as the “Com Fest” is an immense three-day gathering in Goodale Park. Columbus is also a great sports center. Columbus has professional sports teams in hockey, soccer, arena football, and minor league baseball.
The Columbus city is home to many performing arts institutions including, Opera, Ballet, Symphony and the Theater Arts. We took the charter bus to the Big Darby Creek, which is in southwestern part of the town. This park is significant for its beauty and ecological diversity. A walk through the many parks and gardens of Columbus and Franklin Metropolitan Park District really excited us.
Then we ride our charter bus to the famous Victorian Village, where a number of large and ornate Victorian homes are gathered. We also visited several notable buildings of Columbus including the Greek-Revival State Capitol, the art-deco Ohio Judicial Center and the Peter Eisenman-designed Wexner Center and Greater Columbus Convention Center. Other buildings of interest include the Rhodes State Office Tower, LeVeque Tower, and One Nationwide Plaza. After completing the trip, we had real wonderful experience. Without the charter bus, it is sure- our trip wouldn’t have been this much enjoyable. Thanks to busneeds.com!