Words like “Surprising,” “Unexpected” and “Unforgettable” regularly fill the streets of Columbus, Indiana, where one of the nation’s best displays of art and architecture await. A perfect blend of 19th century structures and 20th century masterpieces, of the 70 (or so) architecturally significant sites in Columbus, seven have been cited by the National Historic Landmarks program.

It’s little wonder, then, that Columbus has been called “A small-town architectural mecca” (The Chicago Tribune) and “One of the world’s best cities for architecture lovers.” (Conde Nast Traveler)

Columbus is also home to a collection that features some of the biggest names in modern art. Here, in addition to the many museums and galleries, dozens of free, public art installations, exhibits and festivals bring world-class art to the forefront. Plus, Columbus is one of a select few places to experience (and readily purchase) art and glassworks by the renowned Dale Chihuly, whose work is on display at the Columbus Area Visitors Center and elsewhere.

For foodies, Columbus offers an eclectic dining scene with everything from fine restaurants to iconic, Midwest-style barbecue and favorite international flavors. Our city is also home to ZwanzigZ Pizza & Brewing, which was named “America’s Best Brewpub” in 2016, and Zaharakos Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, a Columbus landmark and the consensus #1 on a recent, well-known list of “The Top 50 Things All Hoosiers Should Do.”

Indeed, appreciating its beautiful art and architecture is a big part of life in and around Columbus, but that’s not all the city and region have to offer. From festivals to indoor and outdoor recreation, history and tradition to delicious dining, days and nights in Columbus are sure to be rich and memorable, making out city a fabulous place to retire and call home.

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