When you have a free day and you want to explore something new, the best day trips in Columbus will give you exactly what you are looking for. Incredible nature, historical sites, and charming cities are just a few hours from our city center and often even closer. Visit these spots to learn more about your surroundings and to make some great memories.

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What are some beautiful road trips to take in Columbus?

The Buckeye State is a natural beauty, and while we’re all for getting out and exploring the Ohio naturescape on foot, there’s something wholly wonderful about a good, old-fashioned road trip. We’ve put together this scenic road trip in Ohio that showcases some of the most beautiful parts of the state, concentrating on the Greater Columbus region. One of our favorite points of interest along this 280-mile road trip is Gambier. Home to Kenyon College, Gambier is peak Buckeye State beauty, with the bucolic hills and idyllic farms dotting the landscape around this college town. This road trip also travels through Amish Country, a place of unspoiled and peaceful pastoral charm, as well as Marietta, one of the most darling river towns in Ohio -- and the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory!

What are some fun towns to explore near Columbus?

Columbus is just a stone's throw from so many adorable and charming little towns. We adore places like Gambier, Mt. Vernon, Dublin, Powell, Bexley, Worthington, Gahanna, New Albany, Westerville, Hilliard, and Sunbury -- but this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of fun towns to explore! Here are some more adorable little locales in Ohio -- several are located in the Columbus area.