I used to believe the only way to have an amazing travel experience was to go abroad. Of course I was wrong! Our trip to Columbus, Ohio proved there are plenty of fun destinations in the United States which have the added benefit of not including a 16-hour plane trip.
We’d planned to visit our kindred spirit friends who live in Columbus, and while I was looking forward to seeing them, I assumed we’d spend our time playing cards and eating ice cream ( our favorite activities aside from traveling). Once again – WRONG.
As it turns out there’s a lot see in the Buckeye state. In fact, if I included all our adventures, I’d have to write two posts. For now, I’ll simply hit the highlights. (I’ve included our day by day play by play at the end so you can follow in our footsteps if you want.)
For starters, Columbus has an astounding park system. It consists of a series of “Metro Parks”, nineteen in all, which include woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, rose gardens, water gardens, rock gardens, and a buffalo preserve to name a few. We also enjoyed the Franklin Park and Botanical Garden which features a butterfly conservatory.
I’ve never seen anything like these parks before. Frankly, the word park doesn’t seem like the right term for these massive plots of land. Battelle Darby Creek, for instance, encompasses 7,000 acres, and the amazing part is how accessible they are. One minute you’re fighting big city traffic, and the next you’re in the forest, listening to birdsong and the rustling of Aspen leaves.
Hard to imagine? Take a look.
I loved this dancing pair from the Topiary Park in Columbus’s Discovery District. The next few pictures come from the Sisters Garden at Inniswood, and the Blendon Woods.
All of the metro parks are lovely places to wander and enjoy nature.
A short drive from Columbus takes you to Millersburg, Ohio and Amish Country. I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish culture, and it was fun to meet some of the people and learn more about their lifestyle. Continue reading