As the capital of the Buckeye State, Columbus is often considered the center of culture and commerce. With excellent restaurants and superb conference centers, business travelers get first-class treatment no matter where they go. To get the most out of business and leisure on your trip, see all Columbus has to offer.
National Car Rental at the Columbus Airport
When you arrive at John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), make your way to the car rental ticket counters on the ground floor of the parking garage, just steps outside the terminal. This location allows easy pickup and drop-off, without forcing you to brave the elements during unfavorable times of the year.
The airport is 7 miles away from downtown. With quick interstate access, it’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport to the city center.
Where Work Gets Done
The Greater Columbus Convention Center is 8 miles from the airport, on the northern side of downtown. It's the second-largest conference center in the state, boasting 1.8 million square feet of floor space, 447,000 square feet of exhibition space, 75 meeting rooms, and three ballrooms encompassing 114,000 square feet. The convention center offers 4,000 parking spaces, four restaurants, and full catering capabilities – more than enough to accommodate most needs.
If your business travels are taking you elsewhere around Columbus, downtown hosts the majority of prominent businesses along with the state capitol, while The Ohio State University is about 4 miles to the north.
Unwind With Good Food and Entertainment
If you want something to eat that's authentically Columbus, hop on over to Katzinger's Delicatessen. Located at the gateway to the German Village neighborhood on the south side of downtown, Katzinger's has served up some of the best sandwiches and traditional Jewish food for the past 30 years.
For a business dinner, head to The Pearl in Columbus' Short North neighborhood. This modernized gastropub has creative takes on traditional pub fare, as well as an extensive cocktail and beer list.
Whether you're a regular jogger or a weekend warrior, Columbus has plenty of places to get some exercise and fresh air. The recently refurbished Scioto Mile Park downtown offers striking views of the city and the Scioto River, all while providing miles of trails for your convenience.
The Ohio State University offers plenty of collegiate sporting events to checkout through the year, and the Columbus Blue Jackets provide professional hockey entertainment throughout the winter.