Car Rental Columbus, Ohio
Q. I'm flying into Columbus,Ohio soon. I want to know if I should rent a car?
A. Columbus's mass transit system consist primarily of buses operated by the Central Ohio Transit Authority, and of course taxis. But as we all know, buses are unpredictable and taxis are expensive, so renting a car is highly recommended.
Q: Where can I rent a car in Columbus, OH?
A.Columbus Airport also known as CMH has several car rental agencies in the main terminal. They include Thrifty at (800) 847-4389 , Alamo at (614) 239-3250, Avis at (614) 235-3477 and Enterprise at (614) 239-3200. Since these companies are all located in the main terminal, the address is the same: 4600 International Gateway Columbus, OH 43219
Q. Why should I rent a car in Columbus?
A: There is a lot to do and see in Columbus, if you are a nature lover you might want to check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens , located just two miles east of downtown, this park offers 88 acres of floral and natural beauty. Or if you are a history lover, visit the Ohio Historical Center where you can view first hand the history of Ohio, spanning from the ice age all the way to the present.
Q: Would renting a car in Columbus, OH cost you cheaper than a taxi?
A: The estimated fare between CMH and downtown Columbus, for example, is over 24.00 depending on traffic. That's about a one day car rental, so the value and freedom of renting a car quickly becomes clear.
Q: What is the best place for parking in Columbus, OH and how much does it cost?
A: There is plenty of parking in downtown Columbus and it is very reasonable. For example, a parking facility on North Grant Ave, next to the Columbus Museum of Art is only 2.00 a day.
Q: What are the best places to have dinner in Columbus, OH?
A. Columbus prides itself on a wide choice of places to eat. A favorite among locals is Pistacia Vera, a desert restaurant on s 3rd Ave near downtown Columbus, not really a restaurant but a bakery that is famous for it macaroons. For a full but healthy meal try the NorthStar Cafe on North High Street, this establishments is famous for Vegan choice and its outdoor seating.
Q. Are there decent hotels in Columbus?
A. If you want to stay near the airport there are any first class hotels including the Hampton Inn, The Hilton Garden Inn and The Marriott. Columbus has hundreds of other choices both downtown and farther out to meet any budget or preference.
Q. Any last advice?
A: Yes, the people of Ohio truly live up to their Mid-Western reputation. They are friendly and helpful. Enjoy your car rental and enjoy exploring Columbus .
If you are proponents of calm, relaxing repose, stop by Columbus during your holiday trip around America and enjoy recreation in one of its beautiful and amazing parks and gardens. And if you prefer comfort, driving your own or rented car would be the best transport for you. Do you treat your own car with due care and use it only to get to your office? Just rent any car you want or dream about for your journey.
About the city
Columbus is the capital of Ohio and the largest city in the state. Founded in 1812 in by French colonists and named in honor of Christopher Columbus, the city developed as manufacturing center, specializing in food, defense, chemical and aviation industries. Nowadays it is recognized as one of the best US cities for living, raising a family and carry on business. The city is famous for its Ohio State University with its largest in US campus, and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, ranked as the best by USA Travel Guide. Because of many dozens of its unique wooden beautifully illuminated arches, the city has got a nickname The Arch City?.
Geography and climate
Situated in the northeastern part of the USA in the very center of the state on the banks of Scioto and Olentangy rivers, Columbus has relatively flat topography. With humid continental transforming to subtropical climate, this region is featured by four seasons, with hot rainy summers and cold dry winters. Winters are usually cold and cloudy, with usually light and rare snowfalls, but with sudden heavy snowstorms accompanied by biting frosts and blizzards. Springs are quite mild, but stormy, with probable tornadoes and hurricanes. Summers are hot, stuffy and damp, with occasional thunderstorms, accompanied by strong wind and hail. Autumns are warm and pleasant, while sometimes tornadoes are possible as well. Thats why the most favorable time to visit Columbus is considered to be either in summer, or in early autumn. Hotels and accommodation
Accommodation in Columbus is not so expensive, as in other large tourist American cities. The cheapest two-star hotels among the acceptable ones are situated in the University District. There are University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Varsity Inn South Hotel, Red Roof Inn Columbus, Days Inn Columbus Fairgrounds. Besides, there are some not remote from downtown hotels, which will not make a hole in your family savings. There are Knights Inn Downtown Columbus, Travelodge Columbus, German Village Inn, Days Inn Columbus Airport and some others. On the other hand, Columbus does not offer the most luxury 5-star hotels. The best available splendid hotels, such as the Blackwell, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Hyatt Regency Columbus, the Westin Columbus, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel and Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown are ranked only as 4-stars hotels, and can cost about 100 dollars per night.
Sights and attractions
Being the quiet city, Columbus still offers a lot of wonderful places, which are worth seeing. First of all there are its beautiful green parks and gardens. One of the most amazing of them is the Franklin Park Conservatory, majestic botanic garden showing thousands of indoor and outdoor unique plants. There is a timeline of the plants blooming in different seasons, among of them the particular attention is paid to orchids which blossom from January till March every year.
Another must-see is a topiary park, situated in the eastern part of the city downtown. It was created in 1989 after the paintings of Georges Seurat by the famous artist James T Mason. The sculptures depict people, relaxing on the banks of the Seine-river, different kind of boats, dogs, a cat and a monkey. There is an artificial pond in the park, which represents the river in the composition.
And, of course, a real star among the Columbus sights is the famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Situated in about 25 miles to the northwest from the downtown along the river Scioto, the Zoo exhibits more than 9000 exotic animals, housed in different thematic parts of the Zoo, according to their origin. The oldest and the largest part of the Zoo is dedicated to the Northern America region. There are authentic animals of this land, such as wolves, bear, bobcat, bison, puma, moose, pronghorn, beaver, and birds, such as eagle and swan. There are special indoor and outdoor facilities for elephants and rhinoceros in the Zoo. Asian part welcomes visitors by two waterfalls and represents a Chinese forest, with settled unique Asian animals in it, such as flying foxes, tiger, lion, python, Malayan sun bear, Pallass Cat, red panda, and very exotic species of birds, such as differently colored pheasants and cranes. African forest part of the Zoo is home for leopard, gorilla, exotic monkeys, grey parrot, Red River Hog, okapi and black duiker. Australian part is famous for its koalas, kangaroos, Tiger Quoll, fishing cat, porcupine and other wonderful animals. The Zoo includes Mangels-Illions carousel, originally built for Olentangy Park in Clintonville This grand carousel attracts hundred thousands of tourists every year.
One more beautiful park is in the Kelton House Museum and Garden. This Victorian townhouse, which belonged to Kelton family, refers to the 18th century. The garden is full of sculptures, hedges, ornamental grating and a lot of beautiful flowering plants, brought by Keltons from Europe and Asia. The most famous historical places in Columbus are Ohio Statehouse, a government house which is places in a wonderful Greek -style building, Ohio Historical Center, showing an amazing collection of the state artifacts, and the German Village, an ancient district, showing culture, household and architecture of Germans. A duplicate of the real Columbus ship, called Santa Maria, parked on the Scioto-river in the downtown, is also worth seeing. Children can learn and play at COSI Columbus museum, works of art are exhibited at Columbus Museum of Art, Short North and Wexner Center for the Arts.
There is multitude of great restaurants in the city. The most recommended of them are Buca DiBeppo and Bexley Pizza Plus, serving Italian food, El Vaquero, famous for Mexican dishes, a German-style restaurant Schmidt's Restaurant Sausage Haus and Thurman Street Café, situated in the German Village. You can have a delicious dinner in the best American The Surly Girl Saloon, On the Fly, The Top Steakhouse or CapCity Fine Diner.
If you are looking for recreation, rent a car, come to Columbus and see these and other wonderful places with your own eyes!
Reviewed by Anna Ramon-Stevenson on July 07 2013