Columbus, OH, USA

Columbus, OH, USA

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Where to stay near Columbus, OH?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 93 vacation rentals near Columbus. From 49 houses to 18 apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Columbus for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Colorful Columbus

The capital of Ohio, Columbus is steeped in history. Named for the intrepid European adventurer whose transatlantic voyages set in motion the colonization of the New World, the city itself dates back over 2 centuries. Historic buildings share the skyline with modern landmarks in its lively downtown, while the picturesque riverfront is landscaped with leafy parkland. Columbus vacation rentals are a great way to get under the skin of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, whether it’s the elegant villas of Olde Town East, the tree-shaded town houses of Victorian Village, or the bohemian apartments of the University District.

A taste of Columbus

Columbus has put a unique twist on the usual familiarization tour with its imaginatively titled Made in CBUS. The route takes you past many of the city’s most interesting local businesses and other diverse attractions. From artisan bakeries to designer homeware, juice bars to handmade jewelry, the trail provides an intimate introduction to community life in Columbus. Variations on the theme include the Coffee Trail and the Ale Trail. Bike tours of the historic and architectural sites of downtown, accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, are a great way to work up an appetite for a tasty Columbus Food Adventure.

Culture in Columbus

Columbus’ cultural scene is as wide-ranging as its cuisine. The jewel in the crown is the Columbus Museum of Art, acclaimed for its outstanding permanent collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century American and European paintings, including works by celebrated local artists. Folk art, glass, and photography are also well represented, while temporary exhibitions highlight different aspects of contemporary art, sculpture, and design. The city’s Theater District offers a variety of live performance spaces, showcasing ballet, opera, and drama. During the summer months, the Columbus Symphony’s Picnic with the Pops outdoor concerts are firm family favorites.

Columbus through the seasons

Summer in the city can be hot and muggy, so, if you’re visiting June through August, it’s worth searching for Columbus vacation rentals with a pool to reward you with a refreshing dip after a busy day of sightseeing. Winters are often overcast but snowfall is usually light, so the post-Christmas lull is a great time to snap up bargain Columbus vacation rentals—and as an added bonus, the cultural season is in full swing. There are plenty of indoor attractions to keep you warm and dry, from museums to malls, not forgetting the Nationwide Arena, home of the famous Columbus Blue Jackets NHL team.

Columbus—a biodiversity hot spot

Columbus’ picturesque location on the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers offers many opportunities to discover the wildlife of the area. Big Darby Creek, a tributary of the Scioto, is one of the Midwest’s top biodiversity hot spots. The Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park represents a microcosm of Ohio’s native environments, encompassing forest, prairies, and wetlands. Bison have been successfully reintroduced and roam in enclosed pastures. The park is within driving distance of most downtown Columbus vacation rentals, so pack a picnic and swap the city streets for the great outdoors.