Where to Go, What to Know
Writer M.J. McAteer recently traveled to Columbus, Ind. Here is her reporter's notebook.
Delta, United, Northwest and Midwest all fly nonstop from D.C. area airports to Indianapolis (45 miles from Columbus), Cincinnati (90 miles from Columbus) or both. Roundtrip fares, including taxes and fees, recently started at $278
Columbus has the usual chain motels, but they aren't downtown. We went with the Hotel Indigo (400 Brown St., 877-270-1392, http:/
Smith's Row (418 Fourth St., 812-373-9382, http:/
WHAT TO DO
Architecture is about it, unless a special event is going on.
The visitors center offers one- and two-hour bus tours of architectural sites Monday-Friday at 10 a.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m., March through December. In January and February, tours are Saturdays only ($7 for one hour, $10 for two). Call 800-468-6564 for reservations.
With a $2 map from the visitors center, your can tour the more far-flung sites on your own, but be aware that the churches tend to be closed on Saturday. The visitors center says the churches are generally open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays; Eliel Saarinen's First Christian Church is also open on Saturday mornings. To see the church interiors on a Sunday, you must attend services.
The 1.5-mile guided walking tour of the downtown is offered at 3 p.m. on Saturdays ($10). On weekends, from mid-May to mid-October, the tour includes Irwin Gardens, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free garden admission) .