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It's easy to see why the Heartland metropolis of Columbus is so often the subject of high praise: it has a diverse and strong economy, a rich history, and a vibrant independent arts scene to rival any in the nation. So what's there to do in the "Biggest Small Town in America?" Just about anything you could possibly ask for, really. Start your day at North Market, where local merchants peddle a dizzying assortment of local wares. You'll find cookware, coffee, flowers, fresh produce, and so much more. North Market has been in operation for nearly 140 years, so it's more than just a market; it's a piece of Columbus history. Speaking of history (and Columbus), you should definitely check out the Santa Maria. Moored on the banks of the Scioto River, the 77-foot replica was based on the historical plans used to construct the original vessel employed for Christopher Columbus' transatlantic voyage. The Topiary Park is billed as a "landscape of a painting of a landscape," which sounds strange until you see it. Within this famed Columbus landmark, artist James T. Mason created a topiary interpretation of George Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte. It's a unique work of inspiration, and it's definitely worth a visit. And while we're on the subject of inspiration, Columbus Museum of Art is sure to excite your inner artist. The museum's holdings include everything Picasso to Renoir, O'Keeffe to Monet, not to mention a sculpture garden and rotating exhibits that make every visit a fresh experience. This world-class art museum is an experience you won't soon forget.



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Columbus, Ohio has received plenty of accolades over the years. For starters, Forbes gave it an "A" for being one of the best cities for business and careers, and also ranked it in first place on a list of the nation's up-and-coming tech cities. BusinessWeek even ranked it among the 50 best cities in America, hands down. So if you're looking to make a move to Columbus, Homes.com can help get you settled.
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