44.1 miles as the Google Maps crow flies, Fountain Square. That’s how far you are from the Sixth Most Architecturally Interesting Place in America.
For those of you who stop counting at five, I’m talking about Columbus, Indiana, the unlikely modernist Mecca that bookends my workday here at Pivot.
Even though I cover a fair amount of ground each week in my commute, one-day road trips remain one of my favorite ways to while away a weekend. I especially look forward to summer trips when the car windows roll all the way down and the cornfields whiz by and the roadside stands are fat with that day’s fruit.
As Pivot’s newest copywriter and self-appointed Columbus expert, let me suggest a few reasons why you should move the Sixth Most Architecturally Interesting Place in America to the number-one spot on your day trip list.
Eat >> Start your day off with breakfast at Hangar 5, a diner housed in the terminal of the municipal airport. The restaurant overlooks the runway, and if you time it right, you’ll have a great view of the hobby pilots’ small planes taking off.
See >> The Miller House, now operated by the IMA, truly lives up to its hype. As a piece of American design history, it’s stunning. As a testament to the life of J. Irwin Miller, Columbus’ patron saint of architecture, it’s unlike anything else. Tickets can sell out weeks in advance, so book early.
Do >> Wear out the kids and dog at Mill Race, the city’s sprawling public park. Trails take you along the riverbank, through a covered bridge, and up an 84-foot observation tower. While you’re there, see if you can find out why this area used to be known as “Death Valley.”
Drink >> Zwanzigz is one of my favorite breweries in Indiana. You really can’t go wrong with any of their selections, so order a flight of tasters, get comfortable, and try your best to narrow it down to just one winner.
Know any other can’t-miss Columbus hotspots? Have a destination suggestion for my next road trip? Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to say hi when you’re in Columbus.