Introducing the city

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About Columbus

Confederate history, riverside restaurants and warm American-south hospitality. A rainy night in Georgia ain't no bad thing if you're in Columbus.

The Columbus Metropolitan Area straddles the state line of Georgia and Alabama and the north-south fault line which divides northern rolling hills and flat plains to the south. Nearly 200,000 people call Columbus home, named after Christopher himself and the site of the last land battle of the Civil War. This has given way to a strong sense of military pride that revolves around Fort Benning, one of the largest US military installations in the world and an expanse of war museums. The Chattahoochee River, once integral to textile and cotton trading, has become the recreational focal point of the city because of its river walks, biking trails and white water rafting that can be undertaken all year round.

Columbus resides slightly out of the way in the far west of Georgia state but those who make it here can wander along the charming riverside and immerse themselves in confederate history.

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When Should You Visit?

Columbus has a humid subtropical climate. It's humid year round and the best time to visit is in May or September, either side of the peak of the warm season.

Humidity can reach 93 percent in July when the temperature crests to 33 degrees Celsius. The coldest month of the year is January, when evening lows can drop to three degrees Celsius. The warm season is late May to September and is hot and muggy, bring breathable clothing for this time of year. The cold season is late November to February and is cool but not cold.

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Travioor top tips

Rafting
Geocache WALK
City Pass

Insider Info

  • The Chattahoochee River has the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world and the WhiteWater Express provides entertaining tours for all ages. The guides are knowledgeable of the city and do a great job of introducing it and recommending restaurants.
  • Geocaching is a sort of covert walking tour. Go to the Convention and Visitors Bureau and pick up a CacheCard (a handheld GPS device). Follow the coordinates to find a small box hidden in places of scenic beauty or historical significance, a sneaky way to discover Columbus without depending on top attractions.
  • The RiverCity Passport Mobile App is a cost-trimming must have that will help you find the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, Coca-Cola Space Science Center and the National Infantry Museum and the Soldier Centre's Rifle Range. If you're making any purchases check the pass as it offers discounts to jewellers, clothing stores, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the RiverCentre.

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Food and drink

Main Course £9.21 | $12.00

3-Course Meal £33.39 | $43.50

Cappuccino £2.61 | $3.40

Beer £2.69 | $3.50

The Scene

Georgia food is characterised by Southern home cooking classics like buttery corn bullion, tender fried chicken in crispy breaded jackets, grits (ground maize kernels boiled with water or milk) and red eye gravy. Mashed potatoes, ham hocks and collard beans are other popular examples. There is a range of decent restaurants clustered on Broadway and we recommend taking some food down to the river at sunset.

The peach state (unsurprisingly) makes a mean peach pie, peach ice cream and peach cobbler. For on the go snacks try the roasted pecans.

Be sure to drop into Maltitude, a cool bottle shop on 1031 Broadway where the owners seem to be able to chat endlessly about beers apparently having turned drinking into a serious study.

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History

Columbus' Story

Columbus was inhabited by the Mississippian peoples who survived off the woodlands as hunter gatherers from as early as 12,000 years ago. They built earthwork mounds throughout the Mississippi Valley.

By the time European settlers arrived in 1540, Muscogee chiefdoms were flourishing across Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. European powers patronisingly considered the Muscogee to be one of five 'civilised' native American communities because they had adopted some European-American traits through trading. This did not manifest in political policy.

Muscogee tribes warred with each other in the Red Stick War from 1813 to 1814 and ceded portions of their land to white settlers. The Treaty of Fort Jackson was signed in 1814 after desperate fighting between American militia and starving and outnumbered Muscogee resistors. Over half their lands were admitted to the United States under this treaty and natives were forcibly relocated in 1836, or fled south to Florida.

The Chattahoochee River to the west of Columbus was instrumental in the city's industrial development. Hydroelectric power could be harnessed from it and it was an important trading post for the cotton trade. Columbus was also integral to the operations of confederate troops during the Civil War because of its iron works, sword factory and shipyard. Unaware of Lincoln's assassination in 1865, Unionist forces burned Columbus to the ground. The city's strategic location on a fault line was largely responsible for its reconstruction and recovery.

Language

English

The 'peach' state's official language is English. The southern accent is markedly different from the rest of the U.S. so here are some easy examples that you can tune your ear to:

  • Lem-mee: Let me
  • Git: Get
  • Coke: Refers to all fizzy drinks
  • Over yonder: An undetermined distance away

Need to know

+1 706 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Remember that Downtown is referred to as Uptown, don't get your towns upside down.
  • Columbus airport is connected to many Downtown hotels and Greater Columbus Convention Center. Tickets are around $2.75 each way and can be purchased to the right of the airport's taxi station.
  • Admission to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is by donation. It is closed on Mondays and doesn't open until 11 a.m. on Sundays.

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the US here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Rothschild Inn

For something special stay at Rothschild-Poundhosue Inn, a 1870s bed and breakfast close to Columbus State University, complete with rocking chairs, a veranda and a library.

2. Rafting

Rapids are milder early in the day. Around 3 p.m. the dam releases water which increases the flow to a more intense level. For further information contact WhiteWater Express.

3. Coca-cola

Coca-cola was invented here by John Pemberton in his search to cure his addiction to morphine. Visit the Coca Cola Museum for production insights and historic facts.

4. Theatre and Dinner

See a production in The Springer Opera House. Arrange a romantic dinner in the theatre itself through tapas restaurant Meritage across the street.

5. Historic District

If you're wandering the historic district to the south, drop into Garry Pound, an artist's studio in an ex-synagogue with a collection of fine oil paintings.


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