Columbus Travel Guide

  • Springer Opera House
    Springer Opera House
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  • The Riverwalk
    The Riverwalk
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  • Muscogee County Courthouse
    Muscogee County Courthouse
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Columbus Things to Do

  • columbus museum

    the columbus museum has permanent exhibits on american and regional art. the columbus museum also hosts traveling exhibitions and has interesting collections of decorative art and some civil war relics. admission is free. see the attached web site for times and current exhibitions.

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  • Callaway Gardens

    This is a huge (14,000 acres)and famed garden that many flock to during the summer season. We got in there before the crowds take over. Prices are $18 for all sites, and well worth it, and seniors $15. Two days is $29. It is a driving tour, but you can walk the 8+ miles around, or take the trails of 1/2 mile to as much as 7 1/2 miles, or bike along...

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  • Plains Georgia-Jimmy Carter home

    This is a small podunk place that claims fame to Jimmy Carter, our President of past. Only 300 people live nearby, and probably 30-40 in town. It used to have a plethera of tourists when Jimmy was in vogue. No more, thankfully. He is not my favorite but in know it all.The town keeps alive probably with Government help for tourists to come by. There...

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  • Providence Canyon

    Just past Lumpkin (a really dead town-as in devasted and run down-even the courthouse has been closed for a long time and being "renovated"??), off Hwy 27 to Hwy 39C, this remote wilderness park is not utilized any longer, but you can walk the 7 mile trail to the bottom and back. I went down the first decline of the trail 1/2 way and turned around...

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  • Andersonville Prison

    This is a somber place to remember the tough times soldiers had-in this case Union while in prison. There were 40,000 sent here over a period of one year while the prison was open. They were moved from more northern prisons due to Union troops encroaching into the South. Of those that went through here, 13.000 died, mostly of diarrhea and bad...

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  • Chattahoochee River

    This is a 430 miles river, and Columbus once was the mid section with vibrant trade down to the Gulf area. Now, due the dams blocking the flow, this once swift flowing river is a trickle. It is said that two dams close to Columbus are to be blown up soon, in order to better make recreation use of the current to kayak and canoe. Time will tell....

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  • Historic District Homes

    Most of the homes in the districts, of which there are 5-6 areas, and form 1830 era to early 1900's. Most are still in good shape and standards by the city keeps them this way. My view is most al are very modest type and nothing elegant of the times.

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  • National Civil War Naval Museum

    This is for sure one of the most unique museums to behold. It has two main ships that were dredged up from waters and preserved, as well as many other smaller pieces of ships and artifacts. The stern of CSS Jackson was found in Chattahoochee River and the 250 hull was pulled up out of the water. Columbus was a major port for the ships, and a number...

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  • Downtown Old Buildings

    The main strip of the old town section is 3-4 blocks and some side streets, but not many. The majority of the buildings are occupied by Columbus College, which has about 6500 students on campus downtown. the bricks of nearly all buildings had to be reworked due to crumbling of old brick. Interiors of most all buildings are gutted and redone of...

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Columbus Restaurants

  • Great Diner-One of the Best

    It was more than great. The taste was super and the portions huge. What else can you ask for? Well, beer is only $1.50 a can besides. Prices are also very reasonable to boot. A full slab of ribs is $15, and a mix of 1/2 ribs and 4 slices of smoked pork is $12. The sweet potato was at least one pound size The ribs are some of the best ever tasted,...

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  • Old Time Fish Camp Theme

    The food was all fried, and unfortunately most was fried pretty far ahead of our order. It was warm to cool, and then fried food tastes greasy-right!!. I had the three catfish plate fro $14. Micky had two catfish for $12, but a small portion was served. I think the possible best was the white fish, but it also fell apart in flakes and hard to eat,...

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  • Downtown Pizazz Attempted

    The food was at best eatable; not terrible, but tasteless and mundane. Prices were $10-15 just for lunch items; a very high price for this location in our opinion. They had a mix of burgers, Mexican, Italian, and others. A normal sized beer was $4.50-ugh None were really a favorite, but the flatbread pizza was one we tried. Tasteless and loaded...

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  • bar-b-cue

    country's is a very good bar-be-cue restaurant in downtown columbus. great pork barbecue and southern dishes. country's is a local chain with nine locations in the columbus area. i would rate country's as one of the top ten barbecue restaurants in the state of georgia.

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  • Good chicken but great customer service

    The manager went out of his way to make everyone feel at home. The employees made us feel welcome and appericated our business. They were feeding a group from a local Teen home. The employees and customers were having fun but what really hit me is when the manager thank these young soldiers for what they were doing for Our Country. They also give a...

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  • Great BBQ & Decor

    Country's BBQ in downtown Columbus is a converted Trailsway Bus Depot. The bus parked next to the building is actually part of the restaurant and you can have your meal served in it.They serve a full menu but BBQ is their thing, very fast and friendly service and the prices are very good. It can get crowded at lunch time. We got the daily special...

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Columbus Nightlife

  • brew pub

    the canon is a very nice brew pub on broadway in downtown columbus. they brew their own beer which is quite good. good beer selection and inexpensive pub food. a fun place to eat and drink in downtown columbus. casual.

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  • cigar bar

    belloo's is a little more sophisticated than the bars on broadway. belloo's caters to more refined and older cleintelle. belloo's is located across the street from the mariott hotel and is a great spot to visit for the business traveler. belloo's offers a full liquor bar, live music, and a good cigar selection. a nice relaxing place to drink in...

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  • live music

    the uptown tap has a full liquor bar and offers live music in the evenings. the uptown tap gets a young 20 something crowd and is a fun place to drink and listen to live music. casual.

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Columbus Transportation

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    by cobrioc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Columbus 95 miles from Atlanta, from I-185 to Columbus.
    Transportation of Georgia has provided shuttle Service between Columbus and Atlanta.
    Rental Car reservation made by calling AVIS at 800-331-1600
    International contact nearest Avis office.

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Columbus Local Customs

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    The Columbus Museum, the River Center, a performing arts complex that is home to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus State University'Music Department,the restore Springer Opera House and Liberty
    Theather, and the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center.
    Among its native sons and daughters,Columbus
    claims noted author CarsonMcCullers, Gertrude 'Ma'
    Rainey, Mother of the Blues,renown Georgia architect Philip Trammell Shutzer, Eugene Bullard, the world's first black combat pilot in World War I,Dr. Pemberton,
    who developed the formula for Coca Cola, and Hollywood screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, who wrote numerous screenplays, including the one for
    'The Grapes of Wrath'.
    Two cemeteries, Linwood and porterdale, located in Columbus, are on the National Historic Register.

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Columbus Warnings and Dangers

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    by SnowAngel Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Well this may seem tacky but, I feel you should know. As is with many cities in North America, you generally have a few areas you should stay clear of. Columbus is a good town filled mostly with honest hard working individuals but, there are a few who would take advantage of you. Try not to venture out on 280 also known as Victory Drive late at night. And if you have children you may want to detour and avoid taking Victory Drive at all if possible. The establishments are less than attractive for families with children or who are offended by signs and writing that display services not suitable for little ones. And another tip, when driving through the Fort Benning Reservation Area do the speed limit and not more than 2 mph over it. The MP's (Military Police) love their jobs and they're good at it. If you're not sure where their patrolling areas are look for the 'Race Trac' gas station, from there all the way to the Bojangles right out side of Cusseta, is there prime target area, plus all the way up I-185 to the St Mary's Rd Exit 2.

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Columbus What to Pack

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    by cobrioc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Columbus has changed with the times. The industrial age diminished, the city adopted technology and service industries-particularly bank card processing and life/health insurance businesses.
    Aflac Worlwide Headquartes of Columbus,Georgia.

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Columbus Off The Beaten Path

  • providence canyon

    an interesing side trip from columbus is providence canyon state park. providence canyon is nicknamed georgia's "little grand canyon". providence canyon was formed by erosion by poor farming practices in the 1800's. providence canyon state park offers camping, hiking, and backpacking. see the attached web site for more information.providence canyon...

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  • Callaway Gardens

    In the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center where 1,000 tropical butterflies, representing more than 50 different species, flutter freely through the air. Tropical plants and birds, including enchanting hummingbirds, reside peacefully with the colorful winged jewels in North America's largest, glass-enclosed tropical conservatory. The award-winning film,...

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  • Well if you have time you...

    Well if you have time you might want to check out a few of these places... Warm Springs,GA is about 30 minutes from Columbus by way of Warm Springs Rd just off of I-185 or an hour using the scenic route that takes you through FDR National Park. Warm Springs was the site of the train departure that President Roosevelt would take when visiting his...

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Columbus Favorites

  • Columbus Convention and Trade Center

    Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, this center was a pre-Civil War cannon manufacturier. It also produced farm implements, munitions and weapons used by the Confederacy.

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  • Columbus Historic Distric

    The Columbus Historic District is an area of proprties that range from Federal cottages to Victoian homes. The Historic Columbus Foundation offers a hritage Corner walking tour that includes five historic house museums ranging from the 1820s to the 1870s.Tours begin at the Foundation;s headquarters at 700 Broadway, a Victorian townhouse, and...

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  • The Downtown Historic District

    The Columbus Historic District is an area of proprties that range from Federal cottages to Victorian homes. Historic house museums ranging from the 1820's to the 1870's.The home of Dr. John S. Pemberton, originator of the formula for Coca-Cola is in the Historic District.

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