Think of Columbus as the Little Town That Could. This small city has an improbably vast and excellent collection of midcentury modern architecture, with over 60 public buildings designed by the likes of I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen, as well as sculpture by such luminaries as Jean Tinguely, Dale Chihuly and Henry Moore.
An ideal entry point to the city’s architectural bounty is the Miller Houses, designed for the industrialist Joseph Irwin Miller by Saarinen. Other can’t miss buildings include the Bartholomew County Courthouse, the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, the Irwin Conference Center (formerly Irwin Bank), and the First Christian Church. Even the post office is amazing.
There is, of course, more to it. Kids can get in on the cool-design action at Kidscommons, a kinetic museum that includes a climbing wall and a huge imitation toilet they can flush themselves down. You can also wander along miles of outdoor walking paths, or rent a canoe and drift along the river. If that’s not enough, there’s always a wine tasting.