Columbus October 27, 2017
10 Iconic Places Every True Columbusite Will Instantly Recognize
They’re the sights that pop up first in a Google search, the sights that are printed on souvenir shot glasses and t-shirts, and the sights that, to us, just mean home. No matter what it is that makes you love Columbus, these places are sure to represent a little piece of that. They’re what you look for from the sky when your plane is about to land and what you keep an eye out for when you’re heading to an event and you know you’re about to have a great day. These are the 10 iconic places in Columbus that will always warm your heart.
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1. Leveque Tower
Of all the Columbus skyscrapers, it's the Leveque Tower that really marks the skyline. Built in 1924, this building is unique, intricate, and just oh so beautiful. The Leveque Tower was recently renovated and now holds a speakeasy-style bar called "The Keep." If you've never been inside this building, I certainly suggest a visit.
2. Ohio Stadium
Oh, The Shoe, the O-H-I-O, and all it's fantastic memories. Here is Columbus, The Buckeyes are our pride and joy, and The Shoe is their home. This gorgeous and colossal structure is a beloved builing in Columbus.
3. Ohio Theatre
The Ohio Theatre, built in 1928, was set for demolition in 1969, but through the passionate efforts of CAPA, it still stands today. Home of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and a venue for many other magical performances, this building— from it's charming entry to it's many beautiful floors— is definitely an icon in Columbus.
4. "American Gothic" Mural
This wall mural interpretation of "American Gothic" by Grant Wood has long become a symbol of the Short North. It represents the arts and galleries of the neighborhood and the city beyond. Columbus is a creative, artistic, and forward-thinking city, and this mural captures all those feelings.
5. North Market
Delicious, ethnic, unique - so many adjectives can be used to describe the North Market. It holds vendors with all sorts of ideas and backgrounds. Despite its international selections, the North Market always feels like home.
6. The Oval
Columbus is influenced and even defined by The Ohio State University in so many ways. Whether you're a student, alumni, faculty member, visitor, or passerby, I'm sure you know The Oval.
7. Bicentennial Park
A recent, yet already absolutely beloved addition to the city, Bicentennial Park features the most incredible play of fountains. With water, lights, and music, this is one of the best places for both kids and adults to have a swell time.
8.Wexner Center for the Arts
The Wexner Center is an astonishing contemporary building and a well-recognized art institution. Featuring exhibits that are always amazing, groundbreaking, and unbelievably beautiful, this place is iconic to Columbus both in shape and essence.
9. Short North lights
Evening, lights, wine, art galleries - the Short North make us feel both at home and on an adventure. This is the place where you can always be comfortable while discovering new flavors, new fashions, and new people as you stroll the streets.
10. Main Street Bridge
This iconic Columbus structure is so new that you might not have had a chance to get to know it yet! The Main Street is the first in North America and the fifth in the world to use an inclined single-rib-tied arch superstructure. Accomplishments set aside, the way it frames the city center is just beautiful, and it has already become one of the most iconic sights of the city.
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For more beautiful spots, check out these
incredible aerial photos of Columbus and head out for a stroll on these iconic streets through the city!