Experience a Slice of Americana

Written in cooperation with the Hipmunk boutique hotel campaign.

The United States is incredibly diverse. Each region of the country varies tremendously from the next, making travel eye-opening, even while not traveling far from home. To experience a slice of Americana, you need look no further than Columbus, Ohio. No, there is no “major” attraction there, but this city of just over 800,000 is a prime example of Midwestern regional charm and hospitality.

For the sports fans in the family, Columbus does happen to be the home of Ohio State University and their winning Buckeyes football team, and the city, voted one of the “best places to live”, is working to keep attracting the educated work force the city is known for.

If shopping is on your agenda, check out the Hilton Columbus/Polaris Hotel. Located near the expansive Polaris Fashion Place Mall, the hotel has a pool and fitness center along with free parking and Wi-Fi. Attractively decorated rooms offer comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs and excellent bathroom facilities. Two on-site restaurants will keep you well-fed after a day at the mall!

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For those who love the convenience of home, the Extended Stay America – Columbus-Polaris is for you. Bring your furry friend with you and enjoy the ease of having an in-suite kitchen. Also near the Polaris Fashion Place Mall, this hotel features free Wi-Fi, cable and a pool, while also being conveniently located to the Magic Mountain Fun center.

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Sports fans rejoice, the Red Roof PLUS Columbus-The Ohio State University has quick access to all of Ohio State, including the football stadium and St. John Arena. Pets are welcome and free parking is a plus. When not enjoying sporting events, take advantage of the multiple restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity.

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Is a family vacation in your future? If so the Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort is the choice for you. Villa rooms sleep up to 12, keeping the entire family together, and in addition to the indoor water park, the resort has an arcade, basketball courts, and other kid- friendly activities. Numerous dining options and buffets exist to suit everyone’s taste buds, and the hotel is conveniently located near the Columbus Zoo and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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Looking for a smaller option? Check out the Hawthorne Park Bed and Breakfast. With just three rooms and one suite, this centrally located bed & breakfast will charm the couple or single traveler looking to be close to the action without the crowds. Home cooked breakfast is included each day to prepare you to explore such historic sites as German Village or the Ohio Theater.

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Whatever your style, Hipmunk can offer up a multitude of lodging options. Take in a game at Ohio State, shop to your heart’s content at Polaris Fashion Place Mall, and take in a play at the historic Ohio Theater. Explore this little piece of Americana in Columbus and fully appreciate Middle America.

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